Posts Tagged ‘presence’

Moving Toward Suffering

Over spring break, I got to go on vacation with Joel’s family. We stayed in a whimsical cottage outside of Wimberley, and for the most part had a lovely time. The second night, however, we heard a scream from the loft upstairs. Grace had been practicing a dance on the slick wood floors and had…

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Acceptance & Vulnerability

The Fear of Being Seen One of my oldest, strongest longings is the desire to be deeply known. This might surprise people who knew me as a child, because I was very reserved in most settings and rarely offered up information about myself. In fact, the thought of drawing people’s attention terrified me. I read…

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When Encouragement Doesn’t Work: A Story of Shame

 If you follow our blog, then you’ve heard about the transition we’re currently walking through at Body Oak Cliff. (If you missed it – read about Joel’s departure here.) As you can probably imagine, this change has stirred up a lot for me – grief about not working as closely with Joel, insecurity about my…

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God’s Righteous Tree (Advent 2017)

  They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:3b   Guest post by Peggy Winford [Peggy, and her husband Rick, recently became “second career” missionaries, moving to serve in Europe after 34 years of working in the high tech industry. They are serving in…

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God’s Tender Words (Advent 2017)

  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. –  John 1:6-8   Guest post by Brent McDougal When John the Baptizer…

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He Carries Us Close to His Heart (Advent 2017)

One of the Advent passages for this week contains one of my favorite verses of all time (Isa. 40:11): He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. I’m not sure there’s a more gentle, tender image…

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The Smile of God (Advent 2017)

Over Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of playing with Deborah’s niece and nephews.  While I’m sure the parents were happy for the help, I was in it for purely selfish reasons.  A smile. In playing with toddlers, I go all in: getting down on the floor, being imaginative and goofy, readying myself for endless games…

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Presence & Longing (Advent 2017)

  All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectantly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene. (1 Cor. 1:7)     Thanksgiving was a really hard day for me this year. People always say that the holidays can be hard, but I’d never felt it as acutely as…

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