What happens when we’re called to forgive our enemy? Surely some acts, even some people, are unforgiveable, right? Carolyn was the last person I wanted to forgive. The event I experienced because of her was so traumatic I’d blocked it from my mind for thirteen years. I met Carolyn at a public pool when I… Continue reading When Love Feels Hard — Guest Blogger
Just Forget the Offense?
A woman celebrating her sixtieth wedding anniversary was asked about her secret to a long marriage. “In the beginning, I made a list of ten things I would automatically forgive him for.” When asked for the list, she remarked, “I never made it. But every time he did something that irritated me, I said, ‘It’s… Continue reading Just Forget the Offense?
How did Jesus handle a “Cancel Culture” Attitude?
I discovered first-hand that, in this world, we tend to “cancel” people much too quickly. I had just given my testimony to my Foundations seminary class. I was terrified to share because it was raw and pretty messy. It was my first time to tell my painful story and it was to a room full… Continue reading How did Jesus handle a “Cancel Culture” Attitude?
Forgive and Forget?
Maybe you’ve always heard, “Forgive and forget.” But what do you do when it’s impossible to forget? A certain song, smell, or a curse blurted in anger, and, at lightning speed, our mind remembers. Even when the memory laid dormant for several years. I woke up to sheer panic, my bed shaking. When I opened… Continue reading Forgive and Forget?
Feeling Exposed? How Christ’s Light Illuminates Our Deepest Places
Discouragement clouds my soul when unloving thoughts seem like the default in my heart. Jealousy rises up: often prompted by social media posts. When selfishness plagues me, pride is always waiting. There are moments as a teacher when I’m shocked at my impatient or rude response to a student when I’m in a stressful situation.… Continue reading Feeling Exposed? How Christ’s Light Illuminates Our Deepest Places