One Year Later: Reclaiming and Rediscovering

365 days ago, I laid nervously on a hospital bed crying as I answered the pre-op questions asked by the nurse. My surgeon, Dr. Perry, walked in and saw my fear. He gave me a pep talk that I still remember clearly today. He said, “Listen. This is not an elective surgery for you. Your quality of life is declining. This surgery is necessary, and you are going to be fine. Now, let’s get in there and change your life.” And it did. One day at the time, slowly, but surely, I began moving toward a new way of life. The day I exited that hospital, I started the journey to reclaiming and rediscovering myself.

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Luann Riley
Letting Go Is Complicated

Turns out, letting go is complicated. Things stick with us long past we have told ourselves to surrender to God. I want to turn it all over to God, to let go and place it in his hands, but how do you do that? These reflections facilitate our journey of letting go - a process in which God begins to heal us and help us surrender to him. In doing so, we begin to trust and love him even more.

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Luann Riley
What My Thirties Taught Me

I turned thirty a decade ago. I was a headstrong and terrified momma expecting triplets with big plans, goals, and absolutes about how it would all work. It turns out; my thirties had much to teach me about life. Here are four lessons I am leaving this decade with that shaped who I am today.

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Luann Riley
Be Like the One Leper

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus is walking to Jerusalem, and he enters a village on the border of Samaria and Galilee.  Ten lepers approached him and called out to him for mercy.  As they leave to go show themselves to the priests as instructed, they are healed.  All ten are healed, but only one of them turns around and comes back to thank him. 

How often are we like the other nine lepers with God and people in our lives? How often do we forget to encourage and thank those who have served us, prayed for us, led us, or in some way, touched our lives? 

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Luann Riley
Did Jesus Celebrate Mother's Day?


For many people, Mother’s Day will be a happy day to fulfill the instructions found in Ephesians 6:2 to “honor YOUR father and mother.”  But for many, this Sunday will be filled with the complicated emotions that come from mixing our Christian church culture with the secular holiday of Mother’s Day.

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Luann Riley
When Your Faith Isn't Bright and Shiny

I lost the most influential person in my life two months ago. The intense grief of this season has left me tattered and hurting as I struggle to determine who I am without her daily presence.  I’ve found myself in a season of where something unexpected has shaken my faith, causing disruption and pain. It turns out, I’ve found myself in a season where I need the lament Psalms.

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Luann Riley
Sarah Lou's Homecoming

To me, my grandmother was larger than life. She was the heart of our family. It was an honor and a privilege to deliver the eulogy at the celebration of her life. In Psalm 91, God says to those who declare that “He is my refuge”, He will reward with a full and abundant life. I can’t think of a life more full and abundant than my Ma’s.

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Luann Riley
Dreaming Big God Dreams

Dreaming big dreams can be scary. They often invoke fear and doubt. But God gives us a promise in His Word that “Nothing is impossible for Him.” Lets make 2019 the year we believe God together.

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Luann Riley