Holly Stratton

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Missing In Action: The Desperate Cry For Safe People

Safe people carry a healthy fear of the sinful pride that renders them unsafe and prone to the harmful devaluing, dismissing and dishonoring of others. Safe people are humble people who kneel before the Savior in full awareness of their own deep need for safety. Read more

Taking The Reins: Resolving To Rightly Respond To Relational Dysfunction

When I counsel a woman to take the reins, I'm not counseling her to meet the control of a man with control of her own. Nor am I counseling her with any relational advice to disgengage, though that may be best. I'm counseling her to grab the reins as a redeemed woman and head on a path of light that has her resolved to follow hard after Christ. It's not counsel to lead, it's counsel to follow. Read more

Flattery: A Dangerous Net Of Insincere Seduction

Though we sometimes confuse flattery with praise, the two are not the same. Praise is a sincere expression of appreciation, flattery is an insincere expression. Praise is a thoughtful comment selflessly offered for encouragement, flattery is a calculated comment selfishly offered for gain. Where praise speaks honest words that are true, flattery speaks dishonest words that are false or exaggerated. Read more