When You Have A Hard Time Forgetting the Past

Dear Offended Self, The next time you wake up at three a.m. struggling with anger and unforgivenes because of the past offenses against you, recall the things you said and did that were done in the flesh, not from God’s Spirit. You might toss and turn for a while as it may not come to…

Free to Sin But Not From Consequences

God blessed David, the shepherd boy-turned-king with progress, power, possessions, position, prestige. God was willing to give more. 2 Sam 12:8 And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. But King David’s affair with Bathsheba gives us an example of the profoundly painful, far-reaching consequences of sin. Man…

Total Forgiveness

A person who was on this path before I got here told me, “You need to give total forgiveness.” Cast it all away: the offenses of the main offender and all accomplices, even of casualties in the path who were traumatized, polarized, put in a tight spot. People are caught off guard in the crossfire….

Get Up, Pick Up Your Mat, and Walk

Dear Self, Pain is real. No minimizing, trivializing, nor denying it. There is a time to weep. Tears need to be shed, feelings released, reality faced square. But it is not healthy to make an altar of pain. Ask God. Nag God. Talk to God. He can take the gut authenticity of your feelings. No…

God Will Use the Past You Hate

How satisfying it would be to just bulldoze the ruins that life sometimes feels like. Sitting in front of a lovingly prepared precious banquet that has been defecated on, I just want it all to disappear on command. I want a fresh, clean slate with no trace of the pain, anguish, despair at betrayal and…