Eternal Success

On a spring day in 2016, I walked toward the small group of staff members lined up to wish me goodbye. It was eight months since I’d arrived at the Fold Girl’s Home and a few weeks after my 18th birthday. I’d blown in the previous autumn, hopeful that a structured environment and a circle of watchful caretakers would coax from out of a stream of choices which had gradually become more and more destructive

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Joseph Breish
The Blessing of Suffering

Through human eyes and traditional thinking, it’s very difficult to see any value in one’s suffering.  It just doesn’t make sense.  Pain hurts, so obviously, something is wrong and something needs to change. Lack of pain or loss of pain must mean we’re moving in the right direction. Right? We have names for people that enjoy pain or put themselves in those kinds of positions, and the connotations are not good.

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David Laroche
God in the Ordinary

Author and theologian Thomas Merton expresses wonder at the amazing world in which we live. He writes, “Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.” The fingerprints of a beauty-loving, imaginative Creator appear everywhere.

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Elizabeth Filipe
Freedom to Dance

Every so often Zephaniah 3:17 comes to mind: the idea that God is not only a warrior, not only loving, not only kind but that He delights in us. The word “Rejoice” in this verse actually has Hebrew connotations of “exceeding joy”  and “spinning around”.  It far overshoots the idea of happiness and it becomes an outward display of God’s joy in us.  Every time the Lord brings this thought to mind it slows me down and humbles me.

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Joseph Breish
Ecstatic About Peas

Today as we go about our day, take note of your pains, but don’t sit there. Also, take note of all the ways Father has been providing for and blessing you. Your perspective can make a big difference on the outcome of your day.

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David Laroche
Staff Spotlight | Scott

God has been moving in mighty ways since coming here even during my interview.  More healing in my heart and spirit has happened here than at any other point in my walk with God. 

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David Laroche
Check Engine Pt. 2

Last week we discussed how we all have check-engine lights and how to identify them. Anytime our internal or external response to a situation is excessive there is a strong tendency that we have a check-engine light in that area. It doesn’t tell us what the problem is, only that there is one. And much like the light that goes off in our car, we have a choice as to what to do with it. When we respond to it we prevent further damage to the car. When we ignore it chances are we are making things worse. It’s your choice how you choose to respond.

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David Laroche
Check Engine Light Pt. 1

As far as I know, nobody likes seeing a check-engine light show up on their car’s dashboard. It always seems to come at the wrong time doesn’t it?  You are about to go on a long trip, or you’re on your way to an important event and it turns on. They are frustrating, sometimes scary and typically aren’t received with joy or hopeful expectation.

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David Laroche