Gaining a Fresh Perspective

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My husband, Brad, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage by taking a trip to several cities, far away. We planned our days and painstakingly plotted touring strategies in order to see the sites, view the views, eat the foods, experience the local charms and soak in the unfamiliar cultures as best we could. Each city boasted different personalities and attractions,

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Letting God Lead

Gwen Smith Blog, Christian Living, Confession, Forgiveness, Giving, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Parenting, Relationships 1 Comment

When our kids were itty-bitty my husband Brad and I used to hold little hands a lot.

Sometimes it was to protect them from danger, like if we were crossing a street.

Sometimes it was to calm fears or to help them to feel secure.

Sometimes it was because we were on a mission to get through or to a place quickly

Other times it was for the simple pleasure of strolling,

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The Connection Between Confession and Courage

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In Psalm 62 the phrase “I will never be shaken” appears twice and pops up like 3D on a flat surface. Who says this type of thing? What’s behind such a statement of confidence?

David wrote Psalm 62 when he was on the run. Literally.

His own son, Absalom, was trying to kill him in order to take his throne.

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Strength For The Weary

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There’s a scene in the whimsical and quirky film The Princess Bride in which some bad guys were chasing the movie’s two main characters, Princess Buttercup and Wesley. In order to escape, Buttercup and Wesley ran into the treacherous Fire Swamp. (Insert scary music and creepy feelings here.)

The Fire Swamp has three challenges: fire spurts,

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