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Heather Holland Helton

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I’ve been thinking a lot about a lot of things this week because I’m a deep thinker, but also because it’s Holy Week. I’ve been in a week of learning, relearning, and creating new pathways for my brain to replace the old negative ones. Thoughts from PTSD/OCD can control someone to a place they don’t even recognize themselves anymore. That was me not so long ago. Put it this…

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I know what you’re thinking…the term “valley girl” is most often described as a female from California with a certain recognizable accent. And you’d be right. Except I’m speaking from a different valley, not one on the West Coast. I’m referencing a very real valley, yet one not locatable on a map. The valley I know is one of internal recognition. You likely haven’t seen it, but you might…

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I had to. I had to save myself, my life, and the loving God of my mind. I could not find any rest in this vindictive meanie residing up in the clouds. This notion of this type of HE didn’t work for me. You see, I lived in an airtight bubble of a theology that blatantly and/or discreetly stressed that God is a) mad at us, b) sending us…

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This is a daunting question I’m faced with daily as a chaplain. Individuals burned over 75% of their bodies, trauma victims from motor vehicle accidents and gunshots and stab wounds, women who’ve lost their babies, first-time chemo patients…this is a normal day within a hospital. This is real life. While we all desire an unstormy, calm-seas passage, we will not experience that on this ball forever.

It’s impossible.

It’s a relatively…

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Isaiah 40:31 ESV -But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” ― J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

“I once had a sparrow alight upon…

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Let’s imagine our hearts are like a ball of twine. When we are born, the ball is neat, and the twine soundly bound, all tidy, everything in its place. The ball is round and perfect in this state, as it is. Somewhere in childhood, the end of the twine becomes loose from the ball. It starts to pull and fray. A person, an ideology, or a home situation can all…

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What are we to make of this inexplicable sponge soaking up our sin and pain while simultaneously releasing everlasting freedom…

An unending, last-drop-of-the-ocean wheel turning eternally, reflecting us as one in need, yet also one overflowing…

Such sweet and ripe grace injected into our spirits as each sand grain drops through a perpetual hourglass…

With fragile hands, we openly receive this direct grace-hit into our marrow, bone and blood, soul to sole…

This limitless sky of a…

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Recently I made a dramatic change; I opted out of various social media and news sites because of one reason. This was injecting negativism into my life on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. We reside in a highly-reactive society, mostly non-reflective online culture. No matter what we say, as positive as it may be, someone somewhere will come along and throw a landmine in it. Suddenly our beautiful moment with our thoughts becomes…

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One of my professors this year stated that theologians see something wrong in the world and try to right it, or write it, I would add. I certainly don’t plant myself in any capacity as a theologian by any means, but I have seen enough of something wrong that alarms me to the core. I want to flip the on-switch on a spotlight upon a critical issue. I have…

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I used to float along through life assuming I had eighty or so years to be the person I wanted to be, and do the things I wanted to do. When the awakening sliced me to the core, that there was NO guarantee of my ignorant and illusory timeline, I woke up. The truth, I learned, is that we only have this moment now; we aren’t even guaranteed an…

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