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    Living in God’s Presence

    Recently I’ve had the opportunity to speak on separate occasions to two close Christian friends about decisions in their lives that were troubling them. Both had different things going on, but upon being asked if they had talked to God about their decisions, they both answered in the negative. The reason? Neither one believed God was interested in directing—or weighing in on—that area of their life. I have to admit, after the second conversation so close to the first, I was thrown back. Because on the heels of my immediate, gut disagreement came a small, nagging doubt that whispered in my ear, “Maybe you’re a bit too zealous. Maybe you…

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    Pruning

    I sawed the top off my favorite living room plant. As I painted tree-wound tar on the open end, I hoped and prayed it would grow again. This wasn’t totally crazy. The tree’s growth had been slowing for a year. Each new growth weaker and sicker than the last. The lush green of its first growth just a memory. YouTube promised if I pruned the tree back, it would grow again. And everything on YouTube is true. So as I sat there, nursing the laceration on my knuckle sustained from trying to put a saw away in the pitch dark, my anxiety grew. Because now the tree is ugly. And…