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You Are Not The Mistakes You’ve Made

You’re heard the proverbial question, “If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?” Our minds flash back to that stupid mistake (or series of mistakes) we made as teenagers. Or we think of the first marriage. Or the second one. Or the third one. We may feel that residual pang of regret, even if …

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What Does That Have To Do With Eternity?

A few months ago someone said something about me that was untrue. I won’t elaborate. I’ll just say that it really stung; it kind of grated on me for a while. The thing that bothered me most was I didn’t understand why it was bothering me so much! As offenses go, it was rather minor. Even so, for some reason …

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Forgiving My Abuser

Last month I shared about suffering from domestic violence in my past relationships. As I researched the statistics on domestic violence for the article, God moved my heart to respond. (Read more here: From Victim to Victor | Overcoming Domestic Abuse and Divorce) Today, I’m sharing the rest of the story about God asking me to forgive my abuser. My …

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When You’re Struggling With Rejection

Rejection — it’s inevitable. Sooner or later, every one of us will experience it. Some of us, more than once. And every time it happens, we can’t help but ask ourselves some questions. Usually the first question is Why? Then come the thoughts we rehearse over and over, replaying that moment of rejection … wishing we’d asked more questions or said less in response. Sometimes …

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Is Forgiveness Really Possible?

Is forgiveness really possible

Is forgiveness really possible? When you have been really hurt—either by a family member, your church, a boyfriend or girlfriend—is it possible to really forgive and forget? Forgiveness, as it is often taught, seems so nebulous and fleeting. Contrary to the quick “I’m sorry”/”I forgive you” trope, forgiveness can’t be conjured up or ginned up with your willpower. And attempting …

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Choosing To Forgive: Part 2

Choosing To Forgive

Several years ago I was dating a really great woman, Sarah (let’s call her that). I met her through a friend of mine who knew her from his Bible study. When we met, we immediately clicked. There was familiarity of faith, where she grew up, church and a myriad of other things. Like many relationships, it started out with plenty of …

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Choosing To Forgive: Part 1

Choosing To Forgive

Last night, a group of men gathered to celebrate one of my friend’s final days as a bachelor. What was missing from our night—and from the wedding—is that a few men chose not to attend because of past hurts, unresolved conflict and ultimately an unwillingness to forgive. As I missed their presence, the words of a mentor echoed in my …

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