Lessons Learned on the Journey

Entries in the Surrender category

Letting It Go...

Holding on requires letting go. For instance, in order to pick up my grandson, I must first put down the book that is in my hand. Grasping the things that matter in life requires releasing my grip on…

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What distracts me as I follow Jesus?

The story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary has often troubled me. Maybe that is because I identify with Martha. Being a type A, goal oriented person concerned with outcomes,…

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God’s Presence provides…

Why is God’s presence so important? Moses knew. He realized that he could not accomplish God’s purposes without God’s presence. In his incredible dialogue with God, Moses said…

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Struggles on the Journey – The Influences of the World

Miscalculating my ability to resist the subtle influences of the world around me can result in not-so-subtle negative outcomes in my life. I am called to be in the world but not of the world. So…

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Accessing the Invisible

Recently my cardiologist assessed my heart by: …

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Weakness Denied — A Good Strategy?

Society's message that acknowledging weakness is not a good strategy often resonated with me. Power and control seemed more desirable. In fact, during college a peer gave me this advice, "As…

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Exempt from Obligation

I have never joyfully written a check for taxes. However, this is not a new phenomenon. I doubt the Egyptians enjoyed paying taxes on their cooking oil. The Greeks surely did not enjoy paying taxes…

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Leaping at the True Sounds of Christmas

One of the many accounts within the Christmas story that I especially like is when Mary visits Elizabeth. Scripture says that John the Baptist, still a baby in the womb, "leaped" when he…

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Borrowing Future Worries for Present Consumption

I have just finished a wonderful week filled with specific answers to prayer. Praise God. I am filled with gratitude. Even so I find myself awake at 3 am borrowing future worries for present…

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Knowing vs. Being Known

Knowledge is a much-rewarded commodity in our culture today. Striving to know has been a large part of my journey in life. Also, I have found that knowledge can be used as a weapon for arguments or…

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