Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Christmas

Sing Hallelujah! We Are Free From The Fear Of All That Is Frightening

The difficult reality of life in this fallen world is that the grotesque and gnarly claws of Fear will never stop reaching out to choke confident joy and peace from our hearts. Fear and its sidekick Insecurity will forever seek to lure us into its depression and darkness. Sometimes we will follow, and maybe we'll even find ourselves fearing we won't ever be able to escape. But the glorious promise in the midst of this difficult reality is that the bountiful grace of our beautiful Redeemer is wholly sufficient to keep us from ever being fully undone by its destruction. Read more

Christmasing In Peace: Quietly Listening To The Right Questions

When the deafening wind of inquiries overwhelm my heart, I've learned the only way to find rest for my soul is to stop and listen to the voice of my Father. And in the stillness I discover that he is quietly asking ME questions. I've never secured peace by asking right questions in a state of confusion, I've only secured it by the grace that has me offering right answers in a state of contentment. Read more

Refusing To Give Humility A Bad Wrap

Pride is one of sin's favored deceptions, masquerading as life when it's actually death. It destroys relational health in marriages, families, friendships, and ministries. It kills the spirit of the Body, leaving us momentarily feeling powerful and in control. But it's not real power and it's not real control. Read more