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Lying on the side of the road...


Before you hurt someone, feel.

When the Lord saw her he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Luke 7:13

I am a people-pleasing junkie. I admit it. If there was a support group for people like me, I would be there with my hand raised, ready to say, “Hi, my name is Renee and I am a people-pleasing addict.” And then I would go on to confess how many times I fell off the wagon that week. It's in my nature. I know it's wrong to please people before we please God, but I do it without thinking all of the time. Along that vein, I have to admit that I did not want to write this. I’ve been fighting it since I received the letter, but God won’t give me anything else to write about, so I’m doing it. I want to write about happy things, but God seems to have other plans for me. These words do need to be written and they need to be read by many in the Christian community.
In one month I had two very different encounters about the same issue. I think they display the difference between Jesus's love and …

The other side

I made a terrible mistake last summer. 

I repented of my sin, and over the course of a year I dealt with my sin in the only way I know how. I was honest. Many of you followed my journey and wept with me, and prayed with me, and found a picture of your own struggles in mine as I shared. I felt your love and acceptance as I walked through the valley. Thank you.

The lessons I learned this past year could fill pages and pages. I'm sure they will fill pages and pages as I allow the Spirit of God to lead me in this ministry of writing He has given me.

I want all of you to know, I made it safely to the other side. I crossed the storm-tossed sea and I'm on the other side now. Jesus did not leave me.

In one of my darkest moments God gave me these words;

Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? I will show you what it's like when someone comes to to Me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the…