Music from Mess, Treasure from Trash

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Imagine a slum built on a landfill. Picture craftsmen fashioning musical instruments from the trash. Hear music from the mess--and hope. The LandFill Harmonic makes music from the trash people dump. In a landfill as big as hill. A slum on a landfill called home to … [Read more...]

Helping a Survivor of Domestic Violence

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  “If the numbers we see in domestic violence were applied to terrorism or gang violence, the entire country would be up in arms, and it would be the lead story on the news every night.” Mark Green ~~~ “Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible … [Read more...]

Got a Sex-Stained Past? Find Healing!

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Do you have a sex-stained past? Perhaps adultery (emotional or physical)? Or multiple partners during high school or college? An abortion? Pornography? Sexual abuse? Whatever your past, the good news is God loves you; his heart bends toward the hurting. He desires your … [Read more...]

The Power of Dad, for Better or Worse

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Dads are important to kids growing up healthy. Living without a dad is tough. Experiencing a dad who hurt you is unimaginable. Please know that your heavenly Father loves you beyond words. Many girls grow up with fathers who were absent in one way or another. Others have … [Read more...]

The Upside of Problems

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When a problem pops up, God is trying to get your attention. He wants to listen and to encounter Him today. Why? Because he cares. The other day my counselee (whom I'll call Cheri) fell flat on her back -- literally, flat on back  -- and suffered a compression fracture. … [Read more...]

You Are Beautiful

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We women long to hear these words: You are beautiful! We live in an ugly world with impossible beauty standards. Flawless faces leer at us while we wait in the checkout line. Blemish-free skin, perfect noses, impeccable makeup. And just below the faces. . . . . . … [Read more...]

for all the moms who need comfort

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As Mother's Day nears, you'll hear the usual, gushy mom stuff. . .and this is OK. But for you women who need comfort for any reason -- a death, infertility, divorce, loneliness -- please know that God loves you and he understands. The morning began like any other. A shower, … [Read more...]

Writing Your “God Chose Me” Story

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Hi friends, this is an excerpt called "God Chose Me" from my forthcoming book REFILLS: Sharing Cups of Comfort, Hope, and Truth with Women and the Leaders Who Serve Them, due out in late Spring. If you're interested in joining the blog tour and getting a free copy, please … [Read more...]