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Negotiating with a Tight-Fisted God: When God Holds Out On You

Negotiating with a Tight Fisted God

Seeing God through the lens of bad circumstances Last week I posted about viewing God as an open-handed God. This week I am thinking about the consequences of holding the contrasting view. Many people, even Christians, go through life negotiating with a tight-fisted God. “If I’m good, will you, God, agree to fix that painful part of my life?” Without even […]

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How to Have a Good Life

God's hand

Quick! Picture God’s hand. Is it pointing? Closed? Open with the palm up? In a fist? Holding your hand? The answer is important. It will determine whether you have a good life or not. Open-Handed God Some Christians go through life with an open-handed God. They believe God is always moving, always working, always doing […]

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One Way to be Happy

learn to be happy

Do you wake up with a smile on your face? Eagerly anticipate your day? Look at the world with childlike glee? It is possible to learn to be happy or at least to learn to be happier. Chances are you already have everything you need.   God provides us with everything to enjoy. One Key to Being Happy: Choose to […]

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Do I Measure Up? The Deadly Comparison Game

The comparison game and self image

My name is Beth and I am a comparison addict. My given name is Beth, not abbreviated from Elizabeth, so I have often introduced myself as “just plain Beth”. Without even thinking about it I tend to rank myself against everyone I meet. Who is the most beautiful woman here? Clearly that woman with the gorgeous voice singing up on the […]

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Thank You for the Bad Stuff

Thank you image

My Downside Up Thank You Note to God Dear God,   Thank you that I’m not remarkably talented or rich or smart. Those who can’t do it on their own, are invited into your kingdom where you turn everything upside down. The weak are strong. The last are first.   Thank you for heartaches. You wrap […]

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