Pedal On!

Keep pedaling.
Keep trusting.

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Since everyone I know seems to feel like they’re pedaling uphill these days…I was delighted to find this short piece from David Jeremiah today.

Read…and pedal on!

An unknown author once described his journey of giving God control of his life as a tandem bike ride with Christ in the front. He said, “When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long trails up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds; it was all I could do to hang on!! Even though it looked like madness, He said, ‘Pedal!’ I was worried and anxious and asked, ‘Where are you taking me?’ He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust. And I’m beginning to enjoy the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Christ. And when I’m sure…

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Fixing What is Broken (or Not)

When “endings” become beautiful new “beginnings.”

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A good friend gave me this writer’s box as a gift and I look at it every day. I think about what it says on the front, “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.”

I like this…because I often struggle against “reacting” with my words rather than “acting” with them. The truth is, my words have gotten me into trouble more times than I care to count.

I find myself facing a difficult situation, a broken one, and I tend to react first emotionally and then rationally. When that happens, the road to restoration is longer, harder, and more painful than if I’d stepped back for a bit.

Which brings up the whole issue of broken versus whole. Weak versus strong. Dependent versus independent. All good old American principles for making it in this world, right?

Not really.

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The Root of Trust (When Life Seems to Crumble at Your Feet)

Even in disappointment.
Even in betrayal.
Even in the deepest grief.

We are already loved.

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This morning, I’d like to re-introduce one of my all-time favorite authors (and books)…Strong Women, Soft Hearts, by Paula Rinehart.

Why should you read this book?

Have you been disappointed by someone?
Have you felt betrayed?
Confused?
All of the above?

Then read on…Rinehart has this persuasive way of helping readers see their pain from the right perspective in order to deal with it (and then move on.)

Trust does not come by working harder. If you’ve ever tried to conjure up a sense of trust, especially if you’ve been hurt or disappointed, you know how elusive trust can be. Friends may leave, my children may turn out to be reprobates, the mountains may crumble – but if I am loved by God, somehow it will lead toward the light. And apart from the reality that he loves me, trust is just wishful thinking – hopeless naivete’ in…

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Losing My Bad Attitude and Refusing to Take It Back

Still counting my “5 things” every morning.
It still helps.

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After his wife died, a grief-torn C.S. Lewis realized, “If I had really cared, as I thought I did, about the sorrows of the world, I should not have been so overwhelmed when my own sorrow came.”

I don’t know about you, but when I read that quote by C.S. Lewis it hit me hard.

It hurt.

Because like Lewis, I always think I care about the suffering around me.

I really do.

And then, when something hard hits my life and drags me around and around, up and down, and through the wringer for days (nights) on end…I’m so full of my own complaints I lose sight of three things.

1. Perspective – I find it difficult to step outside of my own little world of hurt and begin characterizing this difficult season as my whole life. It isn’t my whole life. It’s only a portion of…

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God’s Strange (Yet So Effective) Parenting Style

Don’t dismiss those little nudges you’re feeling…go for it!

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If you desire, humanly speaking, pleasant and happy days, then never get seriously involved with Christ. Soren Kierkegaard

Paula Rinehart writes in Better Than My Dreams these telling words about how God parents very differently than most human moms and dads who will move heaven and earth to spare their children from suffering.

But to what end?

I don’t know about you, but I am grateful that God sees the larger picture and does what needs doing (in my life and that of my children.)

I just sometimes wish it wouldn’t hurt so much.

Isn’t it strange the way God works in our lives? Who would think that he would use something physical, like anxiety, to expose a place of spiritual bondage – and to invite us into freedom with him we would not have known?

Perhaps it’s harder for us to recognize the fingerprints of God in difficult places…

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Lighting a Candle for All to See Better By

Lighting small candles all throughout 2016. Will you join me?

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Max Lucado on uncontrolled anger and lighting the candles of compassion instead…

You were chosen to tell about the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Uncontrolled anger won’t better our world, but sympathetic understanding will. Once we see the world and ourselves for what we are, we can help. Once we understand ourselves we begin to operate not from a posture of anger but of compassion and concern. We look at the world not with bitter frowns but with extended hands. We realize that the lights are out and a lot of people are stumbling in the darkness. So we light candles.

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Year End Reflections…and Onward to 2015!

Onward and upward we march into 2016!

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Before we close out 2014…

I love taking some time to reflect on Oswald Chambers wise words from My Utmost for His Highest.

“Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ. Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”

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