The Danger of Comparative Suffering

 

One of the greatest temptations when going through a loss or difficult time is this human tendency towards “comparative suffering.” It's when we compare our pain or experience to another person’s, and then often determine ours as less…

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Growing Pains

 

She told me today from the backseat that one day she is going to be taller and won't need her car seat anymore. 

“Yes, ” I agreed. “You will outgrow it and won't need it anymore.” 

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Someone, Somewhere is Watching

 

I stopped by the coffee shop today after Patrick sent a text to tell me my former attorney was at the shop. 

It has been years since I last saw him. He represented me 13 years ago…

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Firm, Fair, Consistent Love

 

Firm. Fair. Consistent. Love. 

I spent the first 3 years of my incarceration training dogs and it saved my life in a thousand ways. It helped absorb my grief when I felt like I would die from…

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It Will Come to Pass

 

This photo was taken 2 years ago today and here’s a little reminder that it will come to pass, whatever your “it” is. 

King David was given the anointing for his future position as King when he…

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There Are No Throwaways

 

There are no throwaways. 

I received a call recently about someone in my life who had relapsed, again. 

I didn't feel disappointed or frustrated. Instead, I felt heartbroken. 

I know some of her details. I…

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We Can Do Better

 

I watched a family of geese with a small gosling in tow as they tried to cross a four-lane road today. It was a forty-five-mile-per-hour zone with cars zipping by in both directions, and I held my breath…

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No One is Coming to Save You

 

About a year ago, I felt this phrase in my spirit: 

“No one is coming to save you. You have to save yourself.” 

Initially, it felt like some self-help, motivational cliche, or a phrase that would…

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Living Your Best Life and How to Face Rejection

 

I sat with someone recently whose heart is broken like a million pieces of pottery smashed onto the ground. 

Breakups are brutal and just because you’re 15 years into a marriage, don’t act like you don’t remember…

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Time Marches On

 

I almost wrote out an invitation to my brother. 

It was this fraction of a second that happened while sitting at my dining room table scribing invitations for my son’s graduation party. 

It’s a celebratory moment…

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When God Restores

 

I just think you should know that when God restores, it's not some half-hearted thing. 

It's not like you and I, with schedules that leave us five minutes to get everywhere, running into a store at the…

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