Listen to the Mockingbird!

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Storms can leave a muddy mess, but we can rise - even glide above it all. The poet Carl Sandburg once said, “There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” In the fiercest storm of my life, my Stage IV cancer battle, wallowing in the mud was easy, yet wallowing made everything harder. On the other hand, praising God was hard at first, but made coping much easier.

Keep Calm and Cry Out to Jesus

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Sometimes life's pain can be so physically and/or emotionally draining that something needs to give... quickly. When even the best of human efforts makes little difference, there is always something we can do - "cry out" to the Lord.

How to Question God

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Jesus Himself set a surprising precedent for questioning God. So I don’t think it’s a holy thing to never question Him.

“Someone Else” To Fight For You!

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You may not have tens of thousands followers rooting for you on Twitter. Yet rest assured, when you turn to THE Stronghold - you will be truly “known.” He is The Great "Someone Else" who will fight for you. Lean on Him - because He is there for you, with you, and best of all... in you!

Are We There Yet?

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  – Joe Fornear Exhaustion… terrible inconvenience… unsanitary conditions… a nightmare scenario. Maybe God is trying to tell us something...
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Three Keys to Thankfulness (Key #1)

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Certainly the Lord greatly encourages thankfulness, as there are dozens of invitations in the Scripture. Since His love for us is incomparable, thankfulness must be very good for us! At the start of His love letter to the Colossians, the Lord even leads Paul to pray for them to be thankful (1:11-12).

Wisdom from a Weather Vane

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I can still recall the powerful gusts of pain and suffering. I was caught in a hurricane and desperately trying to hold on... to anything. Yet in the midst of my lamentations, God's love was so consistent and available. His love broke through my self-reliance and my do-it-yourself approach to fighting cancer.