God’s Eraser

by Katy Kauffman

Each child’s heart is like a journal. The adults, teachers, and peers in a child’s life write on it. Kind words, playful words, or hurtful ones. Their actions jot down notes about the child’s worth and identity—you’re valuable or you won’t amount to anything, you’re needed or I don’t want you around, you can do great things with God’s help or you’re a failure before you start.

If we have negative words and actions written on the journals of our hearts, we may think that there’s no reversing it. No eraser can eliminate the stain. But God can.

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A Coach Who Plays the Game with You

by Katy Kauffman

I believe coaches and leaders can be divided into two categories. There’s the coach who shouts at the team from the side line, and then there’s the coach who runs the ladders with you. Which coach would you want?

I’ve had two basketball coaches who were the running type—Melissa Mathis and my dad, Rick Kauffman. Melissa became my church team’s coach the third year I played, and the next year Dad became her assistant. He took over coaching my last two years. Both of them loved to play scrimmage games with the girls, and my dad even ran ladders with us. Melissa was on the short side for a basketball player (like me since most of the girls passed me up in height), but she was fast.

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Delighting in God’s Welcome

by Jeannie Waters

Required: a foot stool, a pillow, one glass of ice-cold lemonade, a plate of homemade oatmeal cookies, and a hug 


My precious mother believed these items were required to help guests feel like family in her country home. Refusing a foot stool was futile as she thought, “You must be tired.” And the pillow? “Why, you’d be much more comfortable with a pillow at your back,” she would insist.


Crossing her threshold comforted the hearts of all who entered. Visitors experienced a sense of coming home, of stepping out of a hurry-scurry world where fighting for acceptance was commonplace. At Sadie’s, they felt instant love and appreciation.

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Just Because

by Becky Hitchcock

Because is a great word. With a fun blend of consonants and vowels, it’s easy on the ear. 


Yet it has depth. It indicates the why of something. The motive. The reason for a particular thing. The word thrills me actually. It makes me recall something historically and spiritually profound. It allows me to ponder a great demonstration and sacrifice on behalf of a great cause. 


The word because helps me ponder the Savior.


It takes me to the beginning of our beginning. The Scriptures are chock-full with details of God’s passion for all creation. His creation. All things were made by Him and He liked them. He called them good. In fact, He is so delighted He talks to Himself.


Let Us make man in Our image.
Genesis 1:26 NKJV


And so, from the dust of the earth, He brought forth mankind. He breathed life into us. He gave us the ability to speak, reason, and choose. He gave us a beautiful garden to tend and enjoy. He gave us delicious foods to partake. Moreover, we had the privilege of His company.  

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Overcoming the Impossible: God’s Strategies for Victory

by Katy Kauffman

Have you ever felt like you were in an “impossible” struggle with no way out, no way to win the victory? I have. More than once. The battlefield of the mind tends to be one of the best campgrounds of “impossible,” but also one of the best places for God to do His rescuing work. We can’t escape our own minds, and Satan enjoys sending us harassing—even debilitating—thoughts. But God makes a way for victory in every struggle whatever battleground the enemy chooses.
 

How does God help us to win? Below are some strategies He has taught me, strategies that show me God is good. He understands the pull of selfishness on our hearts and the oppression Satan seeks to batter us with. His own Son endured Satan’s temptations and harassment, and won. Jesus is our High Priest who intercedes for us and our Shepherd who guides us on dangerous paths. In His goodness, God has given what we need to navigate and overcome challenges (2 Peter 1:3). His wisdom reveals what strategies will bring victory, His power enables us to execute them, and His love keeps our hearts hopeful and expectant of the good He will work.

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Unexpected Ribbons

by Adria Wilkins

When I was twelve years old, I started learning to sew with a fun project in home economics: a denim bag with drawstrings. Then our class moved onto something more challenging. We made a travel bag with multiple pockets for toiletries and other items. I made my travel bag out of yellow washcloths, and I worked on it for weeks.  Little did I know there were more lessons, other than sewing, to learn in the weeks ahead.


All of this was building up to a 4-H competition, where both of my bags would be entered in the sewing contests. Many of my friends would be going, and I couldn’t wait for the event to arrive.


That is, until I figured out it was planned for a Wednesday night. My father was a minister and our church's weekly prayer meetings were held on Wednesdays. It was essentially a mini-version of Sunday mornings, with worship songs and a sermon. Our family never missed it.

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The Almighty: A Poem Based on Psalm 18

I will never get over the thrill of reading Psalm 18 and cherishing God as our Champion and Hero. This week as I design the July issue of Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, I would like to share with you a poem that fits into our Delighting in God’s Goodness series. I hope that this poem, which has appeared in Broken but Priceless and on my blog, blesses you this week and reminds you of Who fights for you.

 

Why do I cower so much in the night

And depend on my failing wisdom and might?

My enemies may be too strong for me,

But my God is the powerful One, the Almighty.

 

I will cry out to Him when danger draws near.

I will call on His name when my heart beats in fear.

O God, rescue me from the onslaught of attacks.

Calm my heart and remind me of the facts—

 

You are greater than any strong enemy.

You ride on the wind and walk on the sea.

You light coals on fire with one single breath.

The earth shakes when You’re full of wrath.

 

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Is God Still Good When Life Hurts?

by Denise Roberts

Dad was diagnosed with cognitive decline five or so years before his death. Although the doctors never put a name to it, the reality was Alzheimer’s disease. We had seen the signs.

An engineer by trade, he could no longer troubleshoot the systems he helped design and install. The man, who in my opinion, could do anything, and who had practically rebuilt an old home as a hobby, was unable to install an electrical outlet.

Naturally quiet, he became more withdrawn from conversations.

Anyone who has traveled this path with a loved one knows how difficult it is to witness your loved one fade away.

When the neurologist confirmed what we suspected, my prayers began in earnest. For healing, yes. But really for more.

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When Your Birthday Wish Comes True

Tomorrow I turn 35. It’s a little shocking to be 5 years away from the big 4-0, but I’m not worried. Most everyone I meet thinks I am around 22 or younger (some say 12), so I can turn 35 with a smile. Not just because I inherited a baby face from my dad, but because my birthday wish has already come true.

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Delighting in God’s “Eye”

God has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV). How does that guidance work?

I loved playing point guard on defense. In the years I played basketball, my job was to stop the forward momentum of the other team’s leader. I could anticipate which direction she would pass the ball by which way her face pointed—where her eyes were looking.

It’s the same with God. Although we can’t physically see Him, we can anticipate which way His face is pointed by what His Word says.

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