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Love is Kind

A sincere and kind encounter with an attentive, responsive other brings the Lord’s love to life. De Yarrison reflects on the healing power of kindness, towards ourselves and towards others.
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A Bruised Reed

Productive or non-productive, our Lord's love and tenderness towards us is unchanging. Jo relates her experience with depression to a bruised reed or a smoldering wick.
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I Am Who You Say I Am

One of the enormous spiritual tasks we face is claiming our true identity as beloved of God, over how we might feel about ourselves in any given moment. De Yarrison offers two simple daily steps to aid us in the process.
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Newborn Wonder

Christmas Wonderings

When each of my three children were born and the midwife lifted them up for me to see and placed them on my chest all I could do was stare at them and whisper, “Oh my God. Oh my God.” This was the only prayer I could formulate and articulate: a prayer of thanksgiving, of amazement, and disbelief at the tiny, heartbreakingly beautiful little person we were blessed to be entrusted with. The night of the first Christmas, before the heavenly host sang their Gloria, before the shepherds hurried to Bethlehem, and before the wise men brought their gifts, there…

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The Reset Button

As I sat there on the couch with my Bible and the study materials in my lap, I felt my eyes drooping and my head heavily bowing forward. Ah shoot, I thought. You might think this was the reverent posturing of prayer, but sadly, it was not. Once again, I knew I was going to spend the next hour or more sleeping. Not doing the things I planned or needed to do, but sleeping. Addressing anxiety Believe it or not, my sudden onset of sleepiness is a part of the cycle of my anxiety disorder. This time, the sleeping aspect…

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Feeling New

What does it feel like when you’re new? It’s like your first pair of shoes: squeaky clean and ready to go, but they don’t quite fit yet. It’s like the first snowfall of the season: fresh and unblemished but frigid. When you’re new, it’s as if you are walking in to your first day of freshman year all over again, except you’re not. You’re older now and supposedly a bit wiser, but you feel like that awkward, bumbling teen who doesn’t know where she’s supposed to go or how to act in order to fit in. When you’re new, what…

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Always a Way Through

Blue Sky Over Me Vast and unending Warm, peaceful, still. With depth and breadth, expansive Abundance all around me Always available to me Full, grateful, with ease. This is a poem (can I call that a poem?) I wrote in prayer a few years ago. I was journeying through a particular valley in my marriage and I had fallen into an emotional habit of being sullen, even joyless. I know, hard to imagine me that way, huh? ;-) As I moved through the valley, I knew that my best hope of climbing up and out was to look up and…

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