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Do you know someone who has an overwhelming sense of fear and foreboding … even when everything seems to be going well? Speaking with my friend Ellen one day, she looked up and said, “I’ve never told this to anyone before—I’m a grown woman who is ... afraid of the dark.”
So if you struggle with perfectionism, my prayer is that you will reexamine your true worth in the light of God’s Word—worth not based on “perfect performance.” And as you do, may you fully grasp God’s matchless grace and mercy to you ... and increasingly share them with others.
What happens when those grown children can’t or don’t want to come home for the holidays? How well I remember the year when my own precious mother faced the potential of an empty Thanksgiving nest . . . and the life-changing lesson I learned from her.
. In many countries around the world, husbands and wives are taught—in church—that the wife’s acquiescence to physical, verbal, and emotional abuse is “God’s plan,” and they use Ephesians 5:22 to support their wicked thinking: “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands . . . .”
“Does anyone care?” “Do I matter at all?” “Do I make a difference in anyone’s life?” These were the halting words of Haley—a late-night caller on our Hope line—shared with me by the Hope Care Representative who answered Haley’s call. It was an unforgettable voice of despair—the voice of someone who had lost all expectation of a better tomorrow. Then the voice became quiet ... wondering if anyone really heard her, let alone understood her.