What’s In Your Hand?

When I was a little kid, 9 or 10, sitting in church in a tiny town called Vulcan, a farmer got up front and shared what was on his mind. I sat in my pew, kicking my legs, chewing gum, and pondering his story. In his every-day world, he drove a grain truck, a combine, tended to chickens and cows, shoveled “stuff” in the farm yard, fixed machinery. Yet, he wanted to know what he could do to affect the world for Christ. So, he asked God his questions. And he got a most unusual answer.

Similar to Job, he got a question back rather than an answer – “What’s in your hand?” Interesting how God answers our questions with questions, isn’t it?

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Depression is REAL!

If anyone has ever told you depression is not real, don’t believe them. If someone has questioned whether a person can be depressed and still be a Christian, do not let them speak into your life. And worst of all, if anyone has ever judged you for being depressed, put up gentle boundaries that protect your heart.

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Falling and Failing: How to Avoid Them

Falling and failing in life are scary. They directly affect you. If severe enough, they can devastate you. Because their effect is strong, it is important to do certain things to be on your guard.

It is true that falling and failing are part of life. It is not sin to fall or fail when you are working to move forward and accomplish goals. In fact, it’s human to fall and fail as you learn, grow, and master various life skills. Sometimes, despite planning and effort, falling and failing happen outside of your control. It’s not this kind of falling and failing I’m targeting in this article.

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