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Thunderclap Migraines, The Plans Of Men, And The Providence Of God

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Why does it sometimes appear that the best-laid plans of man, or at least parts of these well thought out plans of ours end up failing miserably and get heaved onto the dung heap of life, and by no apparent fault of our own? Or, to take it a level deeper: Why do some of our most sincere efforts, especially those sincere efforts that we believe are being done to the best of our humble understanding and ability for the glory of God…why are those undertakings sometimes squashed right before our eyes like a blood-bloated, aged, and enfeebled mosquito that...

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The Painful But Productive Practice Of Pruning

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In my last Words of Grace (Be Like a Tree and Let the Dead Leaves Drop) I wrote about my giant sycamore tree – the thorn in the side of my neighbors. My stately tree is viewed (I believe half-heartedly) as a nuisance to some because when the cooler and darker days of autumn arrive, the massive leaves of this tree flutter downwards, and more often than not, allow any gentle breeze to carry them into my neighbors’ yards. Actually, I don’t think it really bothers them – it just gives us something to talk and laugh about. Along with...

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Be Like A Tree And Let The Dead Leaves Drop

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So, as most of my church knows – as well as my neighbors – I have a giant sycamore tree in my front yard that I planted about twenty-four years ago. When I planted the tree it was about five feet tall; now it stretches a good sixty-plus feet into the air. The reason this tree would be known to both the church and my neighbors is because over the years this beautiful shade-producing tree has become a much talked about albatross around my neck.   Why? Because the sycamore sprouts giant leaves – millions of them – and they all fall...

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Really? No More Hardships Next Year?

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A friend from up north posted this meme (Technically called an ‘image macros') on Facebook a week ago, and thus inspired me to write a Words of Grace about it. He was just reposting it from someone else, and I spoke with him to make sure he understood that if and when I wrote about this so-called ‘God promise’ I wasn’t insulting him, but actually would hope that it would encourage him since he’s gone through a tough time physically/medically these past few years. He told me to go for it . We’ve all seen posts such as this (if you’re on...

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