Judgment, Discipline & Repentance

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Jesus Is Safe

by Monica
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Five years ago I was sitting in Starbucks with a 3 –year-old Grace on my lap and a dear friend to my right. This friend (who is not a believer) was in one of the hardest places I have ever seen. Her marriage was in trouble… deep, dark trouble. I […]

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If Only….

by Monica
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The other day I was frustrated as I admonished Gracie ONCE AGAIN for leaving her clothes strewn all over her room. “Sorry, Mama.” She said as I sighed in exasperation. She dutifully (and cheerfully!) began to pick up her room. As she worked away she proclaimed in her typical “this […]

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He Makes You Good with His Love

by Monica
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The day after the Ferguson, MO grand jury announced their decision not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, Gracie and I were driving to school when the radio reported the looting and burning of buildings. In my gut desire to “protect” I turned the volume […]

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I Forgot That I Loved You Today

by Monica
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  I had an interesting experience with Gracie recently. I was putting her to bed and she was in a disposition I’m not sure that I can really describe. It was a muddled mess of sad, desperate, empty and grasping. Every time I tried to leave and say goodnight she […]

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You Were A Good Mama Today

by Monica

Grace: Age 3 It was one of those days. A day of tantrums and testing. Grace was in an utter state of rebellion. I liken the battle to subvert the sin in her heart to that of the 101st Airborn on the eve of defending Bastogne in World War II. […]

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Fresh Out

by Monica

“NO!” Grace screams in defiance when I call her to clean up. “That’s another ticket.” I say. I hang her fifth ticket of the day for inappropriate behavior. “This is your fifth ticket. That means you have to spend the rest of the day in your room.” She explodes in […]

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