The Connection Between Confession and Courage

Gwen Smith Blog, Christian Living, Confession, Fear, Forgiveness, Freedom, Grace, Gratitude, Humility, Peace, Prayer, Salvation, Trials, Worry, Worship 5 Comments

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

Gwen Smith Blog, Freedom, Prayer, Strength 2 Comments

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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To The One Who Feels Unfinished

Gwen Smith Blog, Broken into Beautiful, Devotions, Encouragement, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, Grace, Healing 4 Comments

It took four years of fresco painting for the Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Commonly known as Michelangelo, his time painting was mostly spent alone, on his back, lying on scaffolding. (How painful!)

The painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is one of the most remarkable in the history of Western art.

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Crushing Feelings of Worthlessness

Gwen Smith Blog, Broken into Beautiful, Christian Living, Forgiveness, Freedom, Healing, Trials, Worth 20 Comments

Debbie was a pastor’s wife who felt worthless for years. She was verbally abused and emotionally abandoned in her marriage from the very beginning. She had been a virgin when she met her husband, so she knew something was very wrong when, seven months into their marriage, her husband went out of state for a “business trip” and gave Debbie a severe pelvic inflammatory disease when he got home.

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When Your Heart Needs Healing

Gwen Smith Blog, Fear, Forgiveness, Freedom, Healing, Holiness, Prayer, Strength, Temptation, Trials, Trusting God 357 Comments

A friend of ours has struggled for years with heart problems. He’s gone through seasons of wellness and seasons of strain. Last year his health challenges moved from the back burner of his life to the front when his doctors recognized the need to operate.

He didn’t just need a simple procedure. He needed open heart surgery to the max.

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Is Your Past Still Tripping You Up?

Gwen Smith Blog, Broken into Beautiful, Devotions, Encouragement, Faith, Freedom, Grace, Holiness 9 Comments

It spoke to me as I strolled down the check out aisle of Marshalls that day. The wall art that was featured on an impulse-buy rack.

Amen! I thought.

The message? Simple: “Don’t Stumble On Things That Are Behind You.”

My mind reeled, and I thought hard about this seemingly simple directive that points to a habit that trips so many of us up: looking back.

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