Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Friendship

The Limitations of A Human Bellhop With Only Two Arms & One Heart

It isn't glorifying to a God of sovereign power to rebel against human limitation. We end up hurting the Church, not serving it, when we assume a Christian should always have the strength to bear under the weight of another's sin. And it isn't glorifying to a God of grace to rebel against sin's power. We end up hurting the Church, not loving it, when we fail to acknowledge we carry into every relationship personal bags of sin struggle and insecurity. Bags that often keep us from loving others as well as we're convinced we've done in our mind. Read more

When Letting Someone Off The Hook Is The Most Loving Thing We Can Do

Life is complicated and nuanced and there are always a multiple of reasons for the hurtful actions of others that we will never be able to understand, reasons that often have nothing to do with us. The most we can do in the midst of relational hurt is humbly go to the table of communication and lay out our heart in raw honesty. 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