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Faith in the Dark :: When You Experience Otherwise

  Today I’m celebrating the release of my friend Addie Zierman’s second memoir Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark. I’ve read the book and I think you should, too. Addie asked her community to join in the conversation with this invitation: In this synchroblog, I’m hoping you’ll tell me your stories of faith in the darkness. One of my least favorite things in both American and Christian culture is how quickly we skip over the dark spaces of our stories to get to the redemption and beauty and light. I want to spend a little time talking about...

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How I Learned to Read a Map

This week, I'm guest posting on Rebecca Duvall's site In His Way. Rebecca's testimony recently aired on The 700 Club; she's an authentic voice in the faith community, and we're happy to partner with her in sharing our stories. Here's a bit of mine that you can read entirely on her site. -Renee “It then occurred to me that this was not the first time I had been given a map that failed to show many of the things I could see right in front of my eyes. All through school and university I had been given maps of life and knowledge on which there...

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My One Word: The F! Word

I know what you're thinking, but this "F!" doesn't mean what you think it does.   This "F!" is from my love language catalogue: Fun.   When I first heard my One Word 2016, hope swelled within me, but then I wondered if it was too good to be true. I am three-quarters full-of-faith and one-quarter plagued-with-doubt. I requested a Scripture confirmation, and I received this:   [blockquote text='"Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he." -Isaiah 41:4' text_color='' title_tag='' width='' line_height='undefined' background_color='' border_color='' show_quote_icon='no' quote_icon_color='' quote_icon_size='']   At once I understood the connection of...

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What the World Needs Now

[dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hen Jesus tells his disciples, and therefore us, that we’ll have many troubles in the world but to take heart in his overcoming, my heart is bolstered against news of heartache, terrorist attacks, or unfair death.   I think we show ourselves as biblically and spiritually mature Christians when we embrace Richard Feynman’s assertion that he “would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” Most true believers I know and interact with aren’t afraid to cast doubt on long-held beliefs: often, this questioning allows them to reconcile their faith with the truth—of...

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To The Woman Who Has It All Together

[dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']S[/dropcaps]he came up to me after I was done speaking to the group of women that had gathered at Prism :: Overcome. She spoke encouragement and life over me.   Then she referenced my talk--the bit where I had expressed some of my darkest fears--the fears that have, at times, dictated how I behaved and what I believed about the Lord. I had confessed to the women there that I believed from time to time that while God had absolutely wonderful, bountiful gifts for everyone else, I wasn’t sure if He had the same for me. Did God really love...

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Joy, Joy, Joy!

I have been living the abundant life God has promised me? What does that really look like? Am I supposed to feel happy all the time if I've got this "thing" down?  My answer to my own question is no and I don't know.   No, I feel like there is certainly more abundance God wants for me, but I don't really know what that looks like, and it would be impossible to be human and be happy all the time. I am chasing after the one thing that I know is real, what I know God desires for me, and I...

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

On the heels of one of the hardest years of my life, I naively assumed that this year would be easier--lighter--more bearable. I thought that certainly God would, at some critical point, swoop in and rescue me. He would save the day. I was sure of it.   But, difficult days continued to be rolled out before me. I was hurting both physically and emotionally. I was spiritually anemic. I was holding on to a kernel of faith and on most days I was starving for hope, in any form.   I honestly didn’t know what to do. I asked for prayer. Then I...

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Get Out of Your Own Way

"God rewards all growth with pruning.” –Bill Johnson   “But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one.” –Hebrews 10:32-34 ESV   [dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] know less now about the mysteries of God than I did as a Bible college student—luxuriating in the company of the enlightened...

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You Can’t Outrun Your Calling

I think I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, perhaps not openly, but I can’t remember a time when I haven’t quietly pushed back against “norms,” or “traditions,” or the culture. Long before I knew Jesus, I balked at convention and questioned authority. None of that stopped after I met Him either. If anything, the questions grew larger, but so did my God.   However, I quickly learned that the church, as a whole, has little room and virtually no tolerance for a “trouble maker,” let alone a young female one. You can be a zealot for Jesus, of course, but...

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Be Brave, Dear One

[dropcaps type='circle' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]’m currently studying the book of John and all its goodness. The theme of bravery is everywhere! Just look at the woman at the well (John 4), the diseased man by the pool (John 5), and the man born with blindness (John 9) – after their supernatural experiences with Jesus, they all walk away changed! They begin to tell the world around them that they have been healed and they no longer bear the shame of their past.   Having an encounter with Jesus makes us brave!   And not only brave, but unashamed of Who has healed us! These...

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