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"Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders...
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander..."
How many times have those words been my aching anthem, @tayasmith.... When we are out of our depths, we touch the depths of God --- #TheBrokenWay @hillsongunited @thejusticeconference #Justice17

... and on a quiet night, after picking glory from the farm, there it is again, for all the broken & bruised & Brave: His love for you is oceanic, His welcome of you is enthusiastic, His purpose through you is cosmic, His commitment to you is astronomic, and His hope in you is meteoric. #TheBrokenWay #1000gifts

...so this is you. America, meet America. Humans, meet Humans.
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We’re all more beautiful than we know — because we’re known and seen and loved in ways we don’t know.
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In NY, the loveliest lady leans over at the check-in counter: “I know you & we’re already friends!” . (This is true: There is no such thing as a stranger — we are all already friends just waiting to meet.)
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And I shake her hand like an awkward fool, gifted her a copy of #TheBrokenWay. She whispers: “Our girl was airlifted to a city hospital last night & … we’re just… heartbroken…”
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And I pull her in close: There is no such thing as other people’s children — all children are all of our children. .
When one of us feels pain, we all feel pain, & there is no such thing as us and them, but us with them, which means there is just all of us. .

Fear not all the unknown things — Believe the God who knows all things.
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Fear not each other — Believe in the best of each other. .
Fear not — Hope always.
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And Hope has hands & hope leans into where it hurts & hope gets to work so that hoped-for things can rise.
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We stand in an airport & we pray because this is where hope always begins, & hope never ends when prayers never end. .

This is who we are meant to be: we find each other, ache with each other, hear each other & pray for each other.
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We can’t let our increasing need to be heard — decrease our need to be compassionate.
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Because if our hearts no longer have compassion — than our hands no longer have anything to offer the world. .

Compassion literally means co-suffering — & it’s only when we are willing to co-suffer with people, that we have compassion for people.
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And it’s only when we have compassion for people — that we become more like Christ.
One Lovely Lady in NY walks this broken way of humility & vulnerability & generosity, giving me bits of her broken heart, invites me to have compassion, to co-suffer a bit with her & this is a kind of healing. .
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It's never the things you carry that hurt you --- but how you carry those things.
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There is a beautiful broken way that offers a new way. .

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Yeah — if you’re being gut honest here — you don’t really want the cards or the flowers.
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Or what gets wrapped up in shiny paper, or stuffed in a bag with wrinkled tissue paper, or anything that gets tied up and presented with these dangling tendrils of curling ribbon.
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What you really wanted is to be extraordinarily, obviously, good at this. At this mothering thing.
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You wanted to be the best at this.
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You wanted to take the podium and gold medal in mothering — not take a million timeouts behind some locked bathroom door, turn on the water so no one hears you sobbing at what a mess this whole shebang is, and how you’d like to run away. Ask me how I know?
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Honest? You wanted to be more.
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You wanted to be more patient — you wanted to never lose it, to always have it together, to keep calm and that is all.
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You want a do-over.
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You wanted to be better.
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Never once did you ask to come stumbling into this with all this baggage — all this unspoken broken.
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So… SomeOne?
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Could someone just wrap up … a bit of Grace?
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What every mother wants, her most unspoken need — is a truckload of Grace.
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Grace that buries her fears that her faith wasn’t enough, and that her faults were too many.
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Grace that washes her dirty wounds and wounds the devil’s lies.
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Grace that says she doesn’t have to try to measure up to anyone else because Jesus came down — and He measures her as good enough, as worthy enough, as loved more than enough.
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Grace embraces you before you prove anything — and after you’ve done everything wrong.
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"Grace holds you when everything else falls apart — and whispers that everything is really falling together.” ~The Broken Way
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Grace loves us when we are at our darkest worst — and wraps us in the best light.
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What happened in the past can’t change it, and nothing in the future can intimidate the reality of it — and it’s what your soul aches for the most —- and it’s the realest true:
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You are always sufficient — because God always gives you His all sufficient grace.
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…and you bet, it's true -- Giving is about what you have in your heart — not about what you have in your hands...
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An act of kindness, giving it forward, can be more powerful than a sword in starting movements that move us all toward Love.
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You're in, right? You've got nothing to lose, right? And only a whole lot of unexpected joy to gain.
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We could all together kinda start a little movement of Giving It Forward Today, choosing to #BeTheGIFT, living broken & given like bread out into a world down right hungry for love right now.
Could there be a more beautiful way to live your one life?
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Dare with us -- to take a daring path to the abundant life!
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Download your MAY Gift list & be a part of the joy we all need?
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... stirred today by just this: The great challenge of faith is holding on to hope after you’ve lost your naïveté.
And --- Hope always rises, never stops rising.

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So the morning of Palm Sunday, the porridge boils burns on the stove.
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A kid points out that someone’s dropped their orange peels all down the back garage steps.
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I’m strangling down a frustrated rant.
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Then a kid slips off his chair & splits his lip right open on the edge of the table.
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So blood's dripping on our kitchen floor on Palm Sunday — for real.
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I hold a crying kid & his bloody lip on a messy Palm Sunday & our tears & love mingles with God’s.
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Palm Sunday — & when Jesus approached Jerusalem, “he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace…”
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If only you had known what would bring you peace…
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We want more comfort — and He offers us a Cross.
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We want more position — and He offers us purpose.
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We want more ease — and He offers us eternity.
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God cries because His people cry for things that won’t bring them more peace.
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The people that praise Him quiet on Palm Sunday — are the same crowd that cry “Crucify” loud on Good Friday when it doesn’t go their way.
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[Don’t believe things can change? Just look at Palm Sunday — to Good Friday — to Resurrection Sunday. Always believe, always keep hoping — things can change.]
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And yeah — I can be the woman who praises Him quiet when it goes my way — & who complains loud when it doesn’t.
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What brings us more peace is always more praise.
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God enters every moment the way He chooses & this is always the choice: wave a palm or a hammer.
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Maybe the best way to let your life be a genuine Hosanna to Him — is to live given exactly where it’d be easy for no hosannas to ever be sung.
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The word “altar” comes from the Latin ‘altus’ meaning high — because real altars are not where crowds see the sacrifice & applaud. Real altars & sacrifice happen where only the Highest Heaven sees.
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And there’s this walking into Holy Week -- worshipping Christ more than raising our hands like waving palm branches — & more like stretching arms out like we’re formed like a Cross.
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Cruciform.
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Who doesn’t want choke up, about weep, over a love like His?
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“I wanna buy something.”
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That’s what the woman tells me. You can see that look in her eyes, looking for something lovely.
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Something new and shiny and lovely, that catches the light in it’s own way.
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Sometimes we want to possess lovely things — because we don’t know what love is.
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"Something —beautiful. I want something really beautiful.”
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Maybe, you know — like a nicer house?
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When you know love is about self-giving — then maybe the loveliest things are not about self-having?
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A woman turned to me in a car this week and asked me what I didn’t see coming in the least.
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"So what do you want your life to really be about?”
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Your life is only a blink long —and then you wake up to the forever that your life chose.
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Doubtful that you’re standing at the feet of Jesus, thinking you wanted more threads in your closet when you could have been about more souls in the Kingdom.
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The most fulfilling lives seek out the meaningful — more than the beautiful. .
Meaningful over beautiful.
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The most fulfilling lives actually see the meaningful — as the most beautiful.
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Any craving for the beautiful — is really a craving for Jesus.
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God doesn’t call you to a convenient life — He calls you to an important life. .
A life of importance isn’t found in a life of convenience.
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A life of importance sees the importance of giving your life away — to the hidden and the unpopular and the children and the forgotten and knowing this will be remembered by God.
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The most beautiful lives — live for the most meaningful.
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You weren’t meant for self-gratification. You were meant for soul greatness.
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So when you land back home with your people for 48 hours -- a respite right smack dab in the middle of #TheBrokenWay tour -- the to-do lists start to whirl before those airplane wheels even touch down on the home front.
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Laundry -- unpacking and repacking. Cleaning house -- grocery shopping and prepping meals. Soaking up every fleeting hour & minute with the 8 hearts here in this home.
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It was the unexpected gift in these couple of days -- the gift of these few hours. The Farmer turned to me, the night before… "I'm taking our Syrian newcomer family to the city tomorrow for government meetings. Could you watch their older three girls -- at their home after school?".
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My heart split all kinds of happy -- because these girls…this family…these beautiful souls -- they have become family to us…and us to them. They arrived here in Canada not even one month ago… but they've landed secure in our hearts as if they've always been -- because they simply belong.
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So I drive to their home today -- pull in the drive at the home we've rented and scrubbed and stocked -- the home they've now made their own… with that huge Canadian flag they've purchased stretched wide above the couch.
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I can't keep the grin off my face because regardless of worldview, of nationality, of politics, we all really do belong to each other.
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There really aren't other people's children -- all children are really all of ours… & all this belonging to each other -- being the GIFT to each other -- Giving It Forward Today -- fulfills real longings.
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So I pulled up there with my Shalom & Little Miss, and we may not share language… but we can speak laughter. And we all pulled in close… making faces for the camera, that universal unifier…
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And I can't get over how everywhere love is like a roof -- and we could all be that to each other…and welcome each other in.
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"...some weeks we just want someone to kick the shins of the dark for us, Lord, to punch fear in the face for us, someone to throw down a finish line and say "Look! You Win!" And yeah, You nod, because You get it, because You've got us, and You punch fear in the face with one line, with all Your love: 'Perfect love casts out all fear.'
And You throw down a finish line for us -- your own bleeding heart -- and say those three words: It is Finished -- and Grace Wins.
Maybe we’re all only standing because we’re standing under a reign of Your grace. Maybe we’re all only standing because Your grace is the actual air we breathe. Your grace says that though we are messy --- we are exceptionally loved.
Your grace is the only pillowed relief for our tired souls
to rest in You making all things new.
In Jesus' name,
Amen." ~Ann Voskamp
#RealHonestPrayers #TheBrokenWay

"Okay I'll consider it." 💁🏽 months ago I told you about the decision I made about the future, and how that would leave me couch surfing for 6 weeks. thanks for being a combination of stubborn and servant-hearted and telling me straight up no, that I would be living with you. here we are, countless Millie trips and acai bowls later, months later, choosing to do the messy-yet-beautiful work of friendship. You and your family made a home for me when I needed it the most. never once have I regretting taking you up on this offer. ••••
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#acaibowl #millies #whatadime #summerlovin #thenandnow #thebrokenway #thislifeisgood #sentimental #dearfriend #roomies #authenticity #vsco #savorthemoments #thatsdarling

#1000gifts ~ So awesome how today's youth are passionate about important causes & advocate/raise awareness for them as part of their everyday activities!
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We are at the Michigan 2017 speed-curbing competition & @genius4jesus is, of course, wearing his go-to @compassion/@compassionCA hoodie, while the young man on the judge's seat is wearing a Willow Creek Church "Run for Refugees" shirt! We chatted with his mom & learned that they support fundraising efforts benefitting refugee ministry, which is huge especially in this current political climate in the US.
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I tell you... this generation *will* make a huge difference for the Gospel! I have faith that this generation *will* play a big part in seeing God's Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven! #proudmama #GenZ #TheBrokenWay #TheDifferenceIsJesus #WeWelcomeRefugees

"Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.””
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8-9 MSG •


A landmark verse that can be so easily passed over with familiarity. STRENGTH and COURAGE. Only this morning have I put my weary, life-worn self into the text and find myself wholly there. Pleading with God for relief when He is clearly pleading with me to just KEEP GOING. •


The very next scene is the entrance into the Promised Land. Which comes with its own brand of trials and blessings. THE VERY NEXT SCENE. How many times have I given up, bone-weary, when my next scene held my promise? •


Thank God for the times he sustains, provides, and doesn't let me give up. Thank God for the STRENGTH and COURAGE that only He provides.

{NEW BLOG: The Hard Work of Building Bridges} Children’s authors Leon Garfield and Michael Bragg have written a book called King Nimrod’s Tower. The book tells the story of a boy who observes the building of the Tower of Babel. The book closes with these powerful words: “The people didn’t realize that the kingdom of heaven is reached by a bridge, not by a tower.”
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I have been mulling this over again in light of the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. I am asking myself what it looks like to build bridges and to honor others as part of the body of Christ. How can I be a bridge and lift up my brothers and sisters when others are speaking words of hate? How can I teach my children to be a bridge in their schools?
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Being a bridge requires sacrifice. It means taking time to learn the nuances of a culture different from our own. Sometimes it means bending to listen to the stories of suffering my sister has endured or leveraging my own privileges to help her amplify her voice. Let’s be real: It’s so much easier for all of us to just hang with our own people, to remain in the safe spaces that don’t require us to be uncomfortable or repent of our own prejudices.
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But imagine a world without bridges. Imagine how disconnected our cities and our people would be. Jesus was the ultimate bridge example. He didn’t just build bridges between people. He became the bridge himself. 1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters."
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Maybe it’s time we suffered together. Maybe it’s time we stopped wielding our privileges and started leveraging them for others. What would happen if each one of us recalibrated our hearts to think of ways we could be a bridge?
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Full post on my blog here: http://dorinagilmore.com/the-hard-work-of-building-bridges/ 📸: Chris Brignola, Unsplash Creative Commons #multicultural #bethebridge #racism #blogger #behold2017 #glorychasers #hopewriters #thebrokenway #charlottesville

What a week...you can feel the shift in our world. I find myself praying 'bless me with Your peace, help me to be mindful of Your presence'. I look up. Your love never fails... #1000gifts #thebrokenway

Step-moms: I see you. I see you giving it all you've got and somehow still being told it's not enough. I see you support your husband and feel like no matter how hard you fight, you get put to the side. I see you pouring out love for kids not your own and they just can't love you back. You're fighting this blended family battle and you're tired. I know. I know because I've been there...I am there. I may always be there. Kids liking you one minute and the next never wanting to see you again. It hurts. Gosh, we fail. We fail a lot. This is hard. Sometimes it feels like this microscope we're put under shows it all with high levels of expected perfection but never highlights the good moments, the moments where we get it right. It's funny that we're expected to get it right every time. As moms we know we're learning as we go and there's so much grace for that. As step moms we're judged, held to an impossible standard and shown constant hesitation of acceptance. But...we too are learning as we go. •
What if I told you that God sees you? He sees it all. When no one else sees the good He does and He blesses it. When He sees the bad He uses it. Renewing your heart over and over again. Giving you the will to keep going, keep fighting and pushing. What if I told you that as hard as this all is, what matters the most is that you never shut your door? You keep it open and you forgive. Over and over again. Because ultimately we're living out a message. A beautiful one. Called the gospel. Where we forgive because we know what it's like to be forgiven. The day will come when these kids will see who we've been this whole time. We just wait. Hang in there step-moms because one day they'll realize you're a bonus mom and always have been. God will redeem this. I just know it. The mistakes and failures don't define who you are or can be. They are signs of growth and this thing called sanctification. For now, thank Jesus for taking care of the past, the present and the future and pray.

Not the best use of space, logistics, or even the best writing, but by far the most profound truths I have come across in my reading. "The Broken Way" by Ann voskamp #moderncalligraphy #handlettering #thebrokenwaybook #thebrokenway #jesus #how #brushlettering #bookstagram #quotes #writing #brokennessisbeautiful #thereisaway #cursivewriting #beginner

"...just for today -- DO. NOT. WORRY. "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matt6:34MSG
Just for today: Be a prayer warrior -- not a panicked worrier. You either leave your worries with God . . . or your worries will make you leave God.
Worry is just the facade of taking action -- when prayer really is.
Bottom line -- keep breathing deep and give your worries to God -- He'll give you His peace.

His Word gently lifts our chins: "The Lord bless you & keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you & be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you & give you peace.” Nu.6
~Ann Voskamp
#TheBrokenWay #PreachingGospelToMyself
#StickyNotesForYourSoul

#1000gifts ~ One last #summer road trip! Headed to Michigan for @genius4jesus to get a few more official #speedcubing solves in at the Michigan 2017 speed-cubing competition!
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Long road trips = lots of time to sit & reflect (especially when you have a chauffeur!), so here goes...
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So glad we could make this trip together as a family! For a while there, it was looking like I had to stay behind to make sure our church's 2nd Syrian newcomer family would be settled into their new apartment this weekend. However, miracle upon miracle enabled us to take possession of the apartment & move everything in even before they stepped foot at the YYZ airport!
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Many details leading up to this family's arrival on Canadian soil have been marked by miracles.
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This week, I've been singing this song a lot: "You unravel me with a melody, You surround me with a song, Of deliverance from my enemies, 'Til all my fears are gone."
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Receptivity to refugees has definitely waned since we welcomed our first family almost two years ago, as evidenced by our difficulty finding an apartment upon disclosing that we are renting for refugees. Fears and uncertainty abound... made me question at times during this whole process if it's even worth it anymore to step out of comfort zone in this way. Yet, God! He has shown again and again that there is no fear in love and that we love because He loved us first! (1 John 4:7-21)
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Yesterday, I sat with this family and, through a translator, explained to them what compels our church community to do this... that we are followers of the One, the Word who became flesh & who made His dwelling among us, that it is because we want to bring His light to shine in the darkness.
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Though we don't speak the same language, I could see that my words somehow got through... that perfect love drives out fear, mine and theirs! #TheBrokenWay #WeWelcomeRefugees

It only took me six months to fully mine the depths of this little lyrically weighty book by @annvoskamp (who I just learned is suffering heart failure and is still breathing the gospel of God’s unfailing love on her blog). I confess to having multiple episodes of mental blackouts that forced me to stop reading, try wrapping my brain around the metaphoric farm life vignettes, and eventually resign to a funny meme break until my mind was ready to dive back in.
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Despite my lapsing concentration, I found her words insightful, encouraging, and most of all, convicting. I kept nodding in agreement with her reflections on how God uses difficult circumstances to break us into better people who can more fully see and spread His goodness. Her poetic spiritual zingers pricked incisive shots at the heart:
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Give thanks for God’s grace that saved and sustains me.
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Do small things in Christ and let His love make it great.
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Fill up in knowing Him and pour out to make Him known.
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And then there’s this, from C.S. Lewis:
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“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ.”
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A lifestyle that bids us come and die is not popular or easy or likable. Yet the cost of dying to self is a worthy price to break free from the prison of living for self. What more could we want from life than eternal freedom from condemnation and open communion with our Creator?
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And while it’s all well and good for me to write these words and know this truth, why does the upshot of self-death flit from my mind the minute my kids demand my attention and pull me away from my agenda?
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Thank God His love is secure – as Ann says, like a roof – covering my sins and sorrows and housing me in His abundant mercy.
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If you’re forgetful like I am, you might benefit from reading this book and savoring the reminder that the way of the cross is broken – and the only way to truly live.
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#thebrokenway #preachingtomyself #deepthoughtsforafriday

4. reading this book in this place #1000gifts2017 #thebrokenway #annvoskamp #balticsea

...just for today -- DO. NOT. WORRY. "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matt6:34MSG

Just for today: Be a prayer warrior -- not a panicked worrier. You either leave your worries with God . . . or your worries will make you leave God.
Worry is just the facade of taking action -- when prayer really is.
Bottom line -- keep breathing deep and give your worries to God -- He'll give you His peace.

His Word gently lifts our chins: "The Lord bless you & keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you & be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you & give you peace.” Nu.6



#TheBrokenWay #PreachingGospelToMyself
@annvoskamp

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