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The new year is underway. My focus here on Healing Writer is to encourage and equip you in your journey in maintaining a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. And if you don't have that, maybe something you read here will stir you to want it. I enjoy praying. It's one of my callings that I've … Continue reading Need to Invigorate Your Prayer Life?
December 27 is my 60th birthday! A milestone I've been needlessly dreading. It just sounds so old, yet it's just a number, they say. No, not to me. I'm a person who God designed as a deep thinker, one who looks farther in search of meaning, a person often described as "too intense." As a … Continue reading My Milestone Birthday Request
For Hanukkah 2017, here are eight devotions on the subject of light prepared by myself and three guest authors in 2015 in honor of the Father of Lights and to help Christians understand this ancient Jewish festival. You’re invited to check them out and share with a friend.
1. Festival of Light: Hanukkah Day 1
2. Hanukkah Day 2: Centuries of Protection
3. This post – Be Aglow: Miracle of Oil
4. Day 4: Gail Golden/Hanukkah’s Light
5. Day 5: Songs! Hanukkah Parody
6. Day 6: Dr. Dean Spitzer: Rededication Time (a Messianic Jewish perspective)
7. Contagious Courage – Theresa Miles as an Italian Catholic from NY
8. Thank you, Mrs. Goodman
Shalom and Hanukkah Sameach!
John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16).
Pass the jelly donuts and potato pancakes (fried latke) … Hanukkah is a celebration I can support. Eating foods cooked in oil is a symbolic way to remember the oil that burned for eight nights.
To review, the Maccabees found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks when they sought to light the Temple’s menorah. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned the entire eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity. It would take seven days to purify more oil.
My understanding is that the Jewish tenacity in adhering to their rigorous rules of purity and impurity enrages the…
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A fictional glimpse through a mother’s eyes at the birth of her firstborn. But not any mother and not just any newborn.
“Mary kept all this things in her heart and thought about them often” (Luke 2:20 NLT).
Mary’s Diary Entry: 1 AD in the month of Tishrei
Our son was born today- finally! At times, it seemed this day would never arrive. I replay the events of today in my mind, over and over, recalling the pain of my labor, the anxiety of wondering if we’d ever find a place to have this baby, then smiling at how it all turned out. My emotions were up and down with worry, weary of long travel and riding that donkey for so long, yet excited knowing delievry was imminent. My body told me it would be soon.
But then I held him. My heart swelled with joy beholding his tiny features. I cannot stop looking upon him in awe and wonder. He is so small, so fragile, so perfect! His tiny…
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A Christmas message from 2014 boiled down to nine evergreen words.
God became flesh so that I could become spirit.
My pastor, Tim Franklin, Ph.D. spoke this phrase during a December 2013 sermon. This truth struck me like an arrow. Simple, yet profound.
The mystery of the incarnation boiled down to 9 words. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
As a former Catholic, I am familiar with sermons on the incarnation. Every Christmas. But Pastor Tim’s words brought the ever so familiar incarnation message to life. Simplicity.
The Christmas story is not the story of a baby being born. It is the story of a King leaving His throne in heaven, lowering Himself to “take on flesh” and become human, for the sole purpose of dying in that human body He took on. To be born…
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Part 3 of this series concludes by showing how God used specific childhood trauma to forge aspects of my professional career. All so that His glorious power can be seen within us, shining through our once cracked places.
This is Part Two of a three-part series on unhealed emotional wounds. This post provides pragmatic steps to emotional restoration using prayer and God's Word. The Purpose of Pain Part one concluded with Father God’s willingness to heal and restore our damaged emotions. Here I discuss some practical steps to begin the emotional healing process … Continue reading Blessed Are the Cracked: Emotional Restoration (Part 2)
This is part one of a three-part series on Inner Healing through the Presence of God. My childhood home environment was unhealthy, at times. Frequent yelling, fighting and physical violence, exacerbated by my parents’ divorce when I was seven caused me emotional wounds. I’m sharing not for sympathy, rather to openly acknowledge the state I … Continue reading Blessed Are the Cracked: Finding Emotional Wellness (Part 1 of 3)
I'm fascinated by the gold spots on monarch chrysalides. As most readers know, I began raising monarchs this year, releasing about 120 butterflies to date. My sixth batch is in the chrysalis stage now and I hope to release 45 healthy monarchs in the next few days. I love this stage most because of the … Continue reading The Artist’s Signature