by Mindy Kiker
The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
When I face trouble, conflict, or chaos I look around for a safe place to hide, an escape. God is always there as a refuge or place of retreat, but unfortunately I’ve made a few hiding places of my own. These dwellings certainly are “strongholds” but only in the worst sense of the word.
One of my favorite strongholds is blame-shifting. This response to conflict helps me make trouble someone else’s fault. I frame all interactions into a win-lose paradigm and life becomes adversarial.
I can hear the voice of the accuser and it sounds an awful lot like . . . me! Read the rest of this entry »