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Orphanhood Abolished In a Most Unconventional Way

Orphanhood Abolished In a Most Unconventional Way

Two weeks ago I wrote these words: How dare we go through life living as if we’ve been orphaned by God?! It’s … the ultimate rejection of our loving heavenly Father. But we do. We do because ever since the Garden of Eden we’ve been believing the lie that God isn’t trustworthy. Every person who has experienced the discipline of God—and that’s each of us—is tempted to lean toward the lies that say … God doesn’t love me; He expects…

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What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

What if the Good Son Was the Real Orphan?

He was a good boy. The responsible big brother. Loyal to his father. Faithful to the family’s affairs. Hard-working and obedient. His little brother was another story. Selfish, irresponsible, a squanderer, and a run-away. But who got the elaborate homecoming celebration? Not the successful, faithful son. The rebellious, destitute prodigal did. This seeming unfairness revealed much about the older son. His reaction provides the perfect picture of someone enslaved by an orphan spirit. Lee Campbell Last week I talked about…

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Am I an Orphan Too?

Am I an Orphan Too?

It started with a book a friend gave Bob and me a few years ago. No Longer Orphans, by James S. Macchi, had been catching my eye the past several months. Since we began helping our church start a ministry for adoptive families, I decided it was time to dig into spiritual orphanhood. (Surely, I didn’t personally need to look at this.) And then the very week I started reading this book, a member of the life-group we lead asked if…

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Contempt—Sneaky but Snarly—It’s Gotta Go

Contempt—Sneaky but Snarly—It’s Gotta Go

If you ask me, my mom was a pretty good mom. Not perfect—but close. Her level of patience with four daughters, all within four-and-a-half years of each other, was stellar. However, on occasion she did lose her patience with me. One particular event I’ve never forgotten. It’s not what prompted her reaction that stuck with me. Being only four-years-old at the time I can’t remember. But what lodged permanently in my mind is the way she handled herself afterward. She…

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What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

What I Learned Last Monday (and since then) about Injustice

Last Monday was Martin Luther King Junior Day. A day we as a nation focus on racial inequality and injustice. We’ve struggled with this issue pretty much since day one. On this holiday I often wonder what it is I should personally do to address race issues. I feel so helpless to effect any kind of change. And on a broader scale, what can/should I do about any injustice? What words should I say to others? What actions should I…

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Has 2018 Already Found You Wanting?

Has 2018 Already Found You Wanting?

I don’t know about where you live, but in the world outside my window it’s c-c-c-cold. These days we’re happy if the temps rise above zero. Our landscape is covered in white, with fresh coatings usually once or twice a week. And on the days the sun shines, the angle of its rays results in mood-elevating brightness for about eight hours. Maybe it’s this fresh clean look that stirs hope this time of year. For at least the first few…

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My Child’s Mom

My Child’s Mom

He reported watching out the back window of the car as they drove away with him. His mom stood in the road waving until he rode out of view. That was the last time my son saw his biological mom. He was four years old. This scene breaks my heart. Some of my other children tell their own heartbreaking experiences of the day they were taken from their parents. Yes, I know. I have the documents from the court hearings…

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When You Feel Like a Big Fat Zero

When You Feel Like a Big Fat Zero

The other day I watched a video depicting the expanse of outer space. OMW! (Oh. My. Word!) If you have a few minutes to watch it, it will help you get the picture I’d like to impart to you today. Eternity Revealed in Neverending Vastness The video starts in the middle of a line-up of moons, stars, and planets—left to right, smallest to largest. The picture scans right, requiring it to zoom out to include the picture of the next…

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Did Mary Deserve to be Jesus’ Mother?

Did Mary Deserve to be Jesus’ Mother?

I used to stand under the soothing waters of a warm shower and cry to God, “I was a good girl!” (And I was—for the most part.) “What did I do to deserve this?” This meant sharp-edged children who didn’t know how to accept me as their mom. Us rule-followers can find like-minded characters in the Christmas story. You see, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph were all described in the Bible as righteous people. (So was Job.)   But despite…

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Abandonment is Part of the Christmas Story

Abandonment is Part of the Christmas Story

I wonder how much it would help our nonbiological children if they could grasp the fact that … Jesus, too, felt abandoned by his father. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 And, how much would it help us moms if we also latched onto this truth? I wonder how we might change the way we parent if we applied the ways we feel when we think God has turned His back on us. Could tapping…

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