57 posts tagged #embracingbrokenness

God Created Woman – Ezer Kenegdo

Do you ever wonder what your purpose is as a woman? Your identity as a woman in this world? In the book of Genesis, our purpose and true identity as a woman is revealed. I believe this Scripture is misinterpreted by a lot of people, especially women.  It is important that we understand it correctly and live up to our full potential. And the Lord God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.' - Genesis 2:18 (NKJV) I used to cringe ...

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We Could Use Your Help

Hi everyone, I hope your Thanksgiving was a great one; enjoying your time with friends and family. We’ve decided to launch a capital campaign to help fill specific needs for technology at EBM. As I continue to teach and minister to those experiencing homelessness at Water Street Mission, soon with the Chaplaincy at Lancaster County Prison, and delivering content online - via blog, vlog, and podcasts - we find ourselves coming up short with resources required to do so. Since all ...

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“We Fight This Building Every Day”

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of touring the Lancaster County Prison as part of an orientation preceding my application as a volunteer under the Chaplaincy program there. After meeting the Deputy Warden in the lobby, receiving instructions, a walk through the metal detector, and a few more passes with the wand we entered the facility. Not my first rodeo in this environment. More on that later. LCP was built in 1851. Parts of the original structure are still around including the ...

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A Man I’ll Never Be

I grew up in the ’70s. It was an odd time for music. Contrary to popular belief the genre of the era was not just Disco. Some of the best Rock n’ Roll music ever written came from that decade, including a song that I heard today.  Boston’s legendary lead singer, Brad Delp performing - A Man I’ll Never Be. Written by Tom Scholz, a fabulous musician in his own right, played lead guitar. Go online and listen in as you follow along with the lyrics. If I said what's on my mind You'd ...

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To Make a Difference in Someone’s Life

As part of a program offered by Healing Care Ministries entitled Rooted Colleen & I facilitate a nearly year-long cohort meeting in our region. As participants, we have weekday assignments following teaching on specific topics designed to aid us in our journey of spiritual maturity. At the top of the page in our workbook, we open our quiet time by considering a simple question. “Holy Spirit Come, My Prayer Today…….” In one of those moments, I asked God to speak to my heart and ...

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Neighboring Well

It was clear that God asked me to bring a meal to our neighbor this past Sunday. We had plenty of chili leftover after feeding friends and family. It just made sense that I would share it with someone close by. The back story being that our neighbor lives a pretty reclusive life. Very little interaction with us except an occasional hello or good morning. Which is why I thought this would be a nice gesture. The oddest thing happened. He turned down the offer. There I stood on his doorstep ...

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Three Sides to Every Story

“The health of any relationship or organization is a function of the lag time between identifying and discussing problems.” – Crucial Conversations Unity Not Division I am profoundly disturbed by not only the political discourse but the climate of hostility that exists today in this country. Especially when it’s played out on social media (which is neither social or media) and even more alarmingly between people who call themselves Christ-followers. The cosmic divide is insane at ...

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God’s Purpose or Mine?

"He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side…" Mark 6:45 I subscribe to a daily email from Oswald Chambers ministry. It's based on one of my all-time favorite writings by Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest. What floored me was the alignment in His message below with the blog I posted just a day prior. Then again, God works that way with me. He reminds me of HIS nature and the direction He has for me at the moment. As I struggle with the reality of this ...

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Control Is An Illusion

Trying to make this life work on my own terms is just down-right futile. If you’ve been paying any attention to my latest musings on the EBM blog, Instagram, or FB, you’ve seen a pattern begin to develop. For instance, deciding our life is manageable without Him, to resist the temptation to check out, to facing the unknown, to the concept of divine control, to understanding the value of rest and to the requirements of waiting on God. It all seems a bit surreal to me. God’s been showing ...

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Facing the Unknown

Occasionally I come across share-worthy wisdom from our like-minded ministry "partners". Individuals or organizations that are aligned with the philosophy and core messaging of Embracing Brokenness Ministries. No exception today as I read Charles Stanley's In Touch Devotional. May it not only bless you but challenge you to a different way of thinking. Hebrews 11:23-29 Tucked into Hebrews 11 is a short phrase that indicated Moses’ approach to life: “for he endured, as seeing Him who is ...

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