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Sundays Are For Sharing

I read some great stuff on a few of my favorite websites / blogs this week – and since Sundays are for sharing, I’m passing them on to you…


donald miller post problem with bw thinkingThis post, “The Problem With Black & White Thinking” by Donald Miller. I really love this part:

“Black-and-white thinking is attractive because it’s reductionistic; it simplifies everything so we don’t really have to comprehend. It allows us to feel intelligent without understanding, and once we are intelligent, we feel superior. People who don’t agree with us are just dumb.”

His 4 tips for not thinking in black and white are… Read More

Guest Post: Ashah Dolleman “A Little Reminder To Be Fearless”

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When we encounter situations that put us down or make us think, “I’ll never be able to do that,” think about Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

My dad has been doing a series from the book of Daniel, on being fearless or fearing less. This has been a helpful reminder for me to think about when I don’t know what to do.

Psalm 21.7 (MSG) says…
With Him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

I recently went to Hawaii and had the chance to go snorkeling. At first I was excited, but soon got really scared when I found out there was jellyfish infested water where we were going snorkeling. My mom and cousin weren’t scared one bit, which made me think that they were crazy, but after some time being in the water, I forgot about the whole jellyfish thing.

You see, my situation wasn’t anything like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s. I needed a little reminder to be fearless.

Daniel’s friends didn’t back down when the king told them to bow down to the idol he had made. They could’ve ran away and never come back. They could’ve just went with the flow and bowed down to the idol, but they didn’t. They were fearless!

Here is a great verse that can help you be reminded to be fearless…
God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? Hebrews 13.6 (MSG)

We all need to be fearless people!


Guest Post: Angela Hagebusch “Dealing With Heartbreak”

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Today’s guest post is from Angela Hagebusch. If you haven’t already discovered her blog… Merry Christmas, here it is: (you’re welcome).


Losing a loved one sucks. That’s just the truth. It really doesn’t matter how old you are or what stage of life you’re in—saying goodbye to someone you love is one of the most difficult things to go through.

Losing my mom when I was sixteen just didn’t seem fair. A teenage girl needs her mom: dealing with high school drama, learning how to put on makeup and starting to realize that boys really aren’t all that gross, are all things you need a mom around for.

I was confused when my mom died, I was hurt and I was angry.

Thankfully, my parents had raised me in the church. I had learned for years in Sunday school that Jesus loved me, that He would always be there for me, that He would take care of me, and that He had a plan for my life.

My parents had taught me to completely trust in the Lord, and that trust was now being put to the test like never before. I had to stand firm on my beliefs – the beliefs that my parents had worked hard to instill in me.

Saying that was easy to do would be a lie. There were many times when my heartbreak was overwhelming; I would find myself a mess of tears on the floor asking why. Why my mom? Why now? Why during a time in my life when I needed her most? Why?

I don’t have an answer.

I don’t know why girls lose their moms, why little boys grow up without dads, or why precious little children are sometimes taken home long before we’re ready.

What I do know is that Jesus loves us. That He is always there for us. That He will take care of us and that He has a plan for each one of our lives.

Losing a loved one sucks—but choosing how you will deal with the heartbreak is incredibly important.

I went through the pain of losing my mom so that I could tell you today to never stop trusting in the Lord’s plan for your life. When you find yourself confused, hurt or angry, put all of your trust in Him. He will be your comforter and your strength.

He will see you through, because that’s exactly what he did for me.

“Praise be to God, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others.”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4