Holly Stratton

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a place to strengthen your mind & steady your heart with the hope of the gospel

More Than Meets The Eye: When Love Surrenders To The Unknown

Most of us carry a sincere desire to love others well, a desire that often falls short because of a failure to offer careful consideration to the hidden spaces of a person's life. Dealing with the observable limitations of the present, our natural inclination is to neglect acknowledgement of both the power of their unseen past and the potential of their unforeseeable future. Read more

The Mercy Of A Savior Who Empties Our Hands Of Merit And Fills Our Heart With Praise

Sometimes God ordains for us to be met with a suffering that renders us wholly devoid of any understanding of our Father's dealings. Left with no strength to speak, we groan as the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf and pleads our need to the only trustworthy Captain capable of maneuvering us through the sea of sorrow that churns with waters understood by him alone. Read more

Hope For the Heartbroken: Redeeming Grace For The Painful Poison Of Rejection

We do ourselves a grave disservice with our anemically-defined judgments about what constitutes rejection, and we minimize the danger of its poison with our shallow suggestions for recovery that suggest it can be secured apart from a Sovereign Healer. Without Christ, our good intention in offering instruction about developing thick skin and bold confidence merely relegates the pain to space that carries no room to deal with the reality of it. Read more