Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Relationships

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

Diving Deep When The World Is Dancing On The Surface

The world is a waltz on the surface of shallow waters where dancers take nothing as seriously as they take themselves. It's a weary troupe masquerading as creatures of strength, living vibrantly on the outside but dying on the inside. Fearful of unmasking the reality of their emptiness, their relationships often suffer more deeply than they are willing to dive. Their only remedy for the pain is to care less. Care less about others, care more about self. Read more

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