The Excuses Are Real, But Christ Is Our Reality. And He Is Greater.

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“Here’s the truth,” my best friend said, “The excuses are real.” She had just completed a major hike and was sharing what she had learned. It was just what I needed to hear. It’s true. The pain and the going without and the interruptions–they’re all real problems that work to keep us from doing the […]

When We Say, “I Could Never Be Like That”

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The problem with envy is that it never really comes out and announces itself. It sneaks up on us. It leaks out in phrases that turn in the mind, or it masquerades like low self-esteem. “I could never do that.” “It wouldn’t work like that for me because I’m not like them. I’m (too much, […]

When We Say, “I Will Surrender Tomorrow”

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“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 When we say, “I will surrender tomorrow,” […]

How Can You Silence Fear? (Montana Bears and Florida Hurricanes)

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It’s Thursday in Montana. I’ve had the trip of a lifetime, and now I’m watching the smoke from forest fires settle over Whitefish and hide the mountains from view, like a gray cloak concealing a precious work of art. Back home in Florida, my family and friends are bracing themselves for the threat of Hurricane Irma, which CNN is simply calling, “a monster.” With images of Hurricane Harvey still fresh in our minds, almost everyone I know has filled at least part of their days with prayer or worry or both this week.