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The Grief and Joy of Reconciliation

The Grief and Joy of Reconciliation by Grace in Color

Reconciliation is more than diversity or inclusion. It encompasses more than understanding, accommodating, or even supporting.   It certainly includes these things, but to limit our thinking on this issue to these concepts, does it an injustice. Reconciliation is restoration.   It is difficult and it involves both grief and joy. If we can begin to comprehend…

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My Shelter. My Stronghold.

My Shelter. My Stronghold. How to navigate this time.

Shelter in Place. It’s a phrase the whole world is now familiar with as we live in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And more than that, most of the world is practicing it. Social Distancing. Quarantine. Regardless of what you call it, it involves staying home! Our homes have become our shelter. They are…

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Remove My Impatience

How to deal with suffering

Full disclosure.  I don’t particularly like trials and I really don’t like affliction. Yes, I knew that would shock you. And another spoiler… I am not unique in this aversion to pain.  I am often very impatient as I traverse these times in my life.  In fact, my prayer usually goes a bit like this:…

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Morning Joy

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morningPsalm 30:5 This is a frequently quoted verse. And one I cling to often. It’s certainly appropriate to reflect on right now, during a time of pandemic and world economic turmoil. But what does it really mean to have morning joy? Let’s think about…

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Hope: Where are you looking?

Hope: Where are you looking? Free Bible Journaling Kit

Hope is a great word, right?  It’s an even greater feeling.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that we all love to experience hope.   We also know it’s important to God.  He mentions it time and time again in scripture.   Psalm 39:7: “And now, O Lord, for what do I…

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Palm Sunday: The Beauty of a Donkey

Palm Sunday: The beauty of a donkey | FREE PRINTABLE

Palm Sunday is all about the Triumphal Entry of Christ.  It is named for the Palm branches laid on the path before him.  And although we could discuss many facets of this spectacular story, I want to focus on the donkey. Just hang with me for a minute, ok?  It’s not as weird as it…

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When should you avoid Bible Journaling?

Faith Journaling Pitfalls: When should you avoid Bible Journaling?

When is Bible Journaling something you should consider (or continue)?  And when should you avoid Bible Journaling? Let’s take a look at Sally and Jane. Sally is struggling to find the time and energy to practice the spiritual disciplines that she knows are important.  She is embarrassed to admit that she is bored when she…

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