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A Time to Embrace

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The conversation is seared into my brain.

We were at the kitchen table eating breakfast with my dad, studying Scripture, and processing how we are prone to see suffering as an inconvenience rather than what it is, love from God, when one of our best friends said,

“[Suffering] actually produces gold and then you level up (1 Peter 1:6-7), like in a video game, so you almost want to go find land mines joyfully and destroy them so we get more of Christ.”

For a couple of years, my constant prayer has been that I would not resist anything that would make me look more like Christ. But Daniel’s words at breakfast opened up a completely new (and convicting) perspective.

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Stronger than the Strongest Affection

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Hi, my name is Sophie and I like to pretend emotions don’t exist.

Two weeks ago my days were filled with one challenge after another and by Friday night I could feel myself going into an emotional lockdown, attempting to bury every feeling in a Fort Knox-type armory with hopes that they would never surface again.

Welcome to my default setting. I am a master wall-builder. I’m pretty sure that is due to the fact that I’m scared of feelings. Scared of loving people too much and then enduring their rejection or removal from my life. Scared that God will punish me for liking someone. Scared of letting people down (even though it’s inevitable). Scared of doing things wrong. Scared of being seen. Scared of a “yes” because it seems like I only know how to trust God for a “no.”

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Monday Morning Munch No. 154 – When you feel shame creeping in

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If your life is hidden with Christ in God…

“The perfect sacrifice of the completely righteous Lamb fully satisfied the holy requirements of God and left you righteous and without penalty in His sight.

So you never have to worry that you will be so bad that God will reject you.
You never have to hide your sin.
You never have to do things to win God’s favor.
You never have to cover in shame.
You never have to rationalize, excuse, defend, or shift the blame.
You never have to pretend that you are better than you are.
You never have to present arguments for your righteousness.
You never have to fear being known or exposed.
You never have to compare the size of your sin to the size of another’s.
You never have to wonder if God’s going to get exhausted with how often you mess up.

All of these are acts of Gospel irrationality because you have been completely forgiven.”

-Paul David Tripp, New Morning Mercies

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Monday Morning Munch No. 144 – Swirling Seas and the Steadfast Savior

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The above is from Paul David Tripp’s devotional New Morning Mercies.

It’s been a tough weekend (season), but my sweet dad read this devotional to me on the way to church yesterday and it was such an encouraging reminder of the steadfast presence and faithfulness of God, which remains despite (and sometimes because of) the swirling sea we sometimes find ourselves in.

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