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A Well-Disciplined Child

A child peers through glass at the world outdoors. A parent stands beside, watching, waiting. “What is that, Mommy?” “It is a bird, dear - a flower - a cloud - a tree.” The child asks continually. The world is beautiful. “Mommy, what about that!?” and a chubby finger, pointing, touches the glass. “That is a mess. Look at the fingerprints on our window.” Rub her nose in it: bad girl. “This is what happens to little girls who make messes.”The child peers through smudged glass at the world outdoors. The parent stands and waits, tense, frowning at the smear. “What is that, Mommy?” “I don’t know. What are you pointing at this time? Do not touch the glass.” Too ...
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Good Friday 2020 – a meditation

Thanks be to God. O Lord, with a tiny, invisible pathogen, you have shaken all the institutions of man. We have been haughty, relying on governments to keep us safe. We have been arrogant, believing we can understand all things, control all things, improve all things through science. We have been foolish, refusing the lessons of history and economics, striving continually for more and bigger and better, holding to our own standards of measure rather than yours. We have been ignorant, shutting our ears and our minds to ideas other than our own, closing them even to your truth.   Thanks be to God. O Lord, in humility and dependence on you and your goodness, we thank you for the ...
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Reviews, Please!

We're so pleased that people are reading From Fortress to Freedom. We even have folks buying copies to give away to special friends and family, which is quite encouraging to Debbie as an author. If you've read the book, would you mind leaving a review on Amazon.com? It doesn't have to be long, just honest. Having reviews there makes the book more readily visible to other shoppers. We're sure whatever you have to say would be helpful for them to read, too. Thanks in advance for your help! ...
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From Fortress to Freedom

In January 2011, God used a simple compliment to change my life. I had long struggled to be good in the eyes of God and man. In my immature, perfectionist way, I had developed strict rules and high standards designed to protect me from harm.  I effectively built a fortress around myself, a safe but increasingly restrictive haven. When God knew my heart was ready, He turned a friend’s words into a powerful tool to demolish my fortress and show me that His plan for me involved more freedom than I had ever imagined.            The freedom astonished me. I had not realized how much I had been controlled by fear, guilt and shame in what I thought had been a ...
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