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Thorns of Sin in the Life of a Rose

Once I wondered if we could really be free from sin in heaven. It seemed too good to be true.  Have you ever asked yourself why you couldn’t be perfect right now? I have. It is so frustrating to keep doing the sins that you hate! Why do Christians still sin? Did God make a …

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You Are Small. Let Love Be Enough.

You are small. Does that scare you? You are small, my dear,and the sky is not everything.Beyond it are starsbeyond thatthe Love that holds it alltogether. You are small: you do not have to be big enough to hold everyone’s sorrow in a moment. Let Love be enough. You Do Not Have To Hold It …

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Finding Freedom From Shame and Self-Hatred

“You’re not good enough. No one could really ever love you, not even God. How could He love you, when you constantly fail Him? You shouldn’t even try anymore.” Dear rose, do thoughts of self-hatred bombard you? Do you wonder if God could really love you, with all your brokenness? Shame whispers and doubt sings …

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Worldly Self-Esteem vs. Confidence in Christ

Believe in Yourself? “I don’t know what I should do. Maybe I’m just really awful at writing?”  The girl sighed as she flopped down onto the sofa.  “What are you talking about? You’re an amazing writer! You just need to have more self-esteem.”  The girl arched her eyebrows at her friend, “What do you mean …

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What Has Hurt You Doesn’t Define You

Not long ago, I got very sick. It was just a stomach flu, but the pain was so intense that I didn’t feel like I was capable of existing beyond it. I just laid on the couch feeling like I was dying, unable to more than lift my head. And I thought, “When will this …

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