Let go–they’re his!

There is a three-fold reminder in Psalm 100:3 that can anchor our souls and strengthen our hope in the areas of our greatest concern. It says, “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” Let those words […]

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A non-anxious presence

Jewish Rabbi and family therapist Edwin Friedman coined the term “non-anxious presence” to describe a person who carries and imparts a calm, peaceful, and empowering presence to others. These “non-anxious” people are able to bring a sense of peace and security amid moments of fear, panic, or controversy, and our world today, with its ever-increasing […]

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Fear of bad news versus actual bad news

You have no doubt heard Mark Twain’s oft repeated quote: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” There is profound truth inside Mr. Twain’s witty remark, and when you and I reach our own old age, we will undoubtedly say the same thing: we […]

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The ministry of standing

When Nazi Germany bombed London in the direst moments of WWII, Prime Minister Winston Churchill would routinely climb onto a roof (or on top of his car if he was on the ground) to stand and watch the bombs fall. His defiant silhouette—no doubt replete with his famous Churchillian cigar—was a reminder to anyone who […]

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Poised

Are you a poised individual? Would anyone use the word poise to describe your mien and air, your manner and your bearing? Poise is a word that refers to elegance and grace in a person’s carriage. It is the state of composure that allows one to remain centered and upright in any given situation. Older […]

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