Tamára Lunardo

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Monday

5

December 2011

5

COMMENTS

Condemnation Walks Away

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It’s my honor to guest post today at The Handwritten, where Michael Perkins takes a few verses of scripture and distills them or reflects on them in short, handwritten pieces. It’s a thought-provoking and often soul-stirring project, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute my own piece, Condemnation Walks Away. I wrote it a few weeks ago when I was flipping through scripture to get to the part I wanted to study. As often happens, I landed instead where I really needed to be. Though I’d read it before, John 8:3-11 suddenly struck me deeply as I saw myself, […]

Tuesday

30

August 2011

83

COMMENTS

Audacious Grace

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I’d been wanting to write for the People of the Second Chance “Never Beyond” poster series on grace, but I was waiting for the right figure’s inspiration. Casey Anthony, Mike Tyson, and Darth Vader are salient examples of second-chance needers, but I was looking for someone I could relate to a little more. Maybe a Hester Prynne type– someone who wasn’t readily acceptable in church circles but who hadn’t really hurt anyone with their most recognizable brand of sin. And then these words hit me hard and deep: We all haunt someone’s grace limit. Who could put up your poster […]

Tuesday

7

June 2011

55

COMMENTS

But for the Grace of God: My Life as a Would-Be Call-Girl

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My husband closed his book and looked at me with a smile in his eyes. “This section about a high-end prostitute reminds me of you.” Perhaps most wives would bear a hint of offense, but not I. I figured it was probably a fair assessment– I just wanted to know exactly why. “Because she likes boys and she likes sex.” Well. Presumably most call-girls do. But evidently these were the only two reasons she began turning her pricey tricks in the first place. Not destitution, not drugs– just a certain fondness for boys and sex. And, man, did those hobbies […]

Monday

25

April 2011

64

COMMENTS

Random Crap I Learned While Trying Unsuccessfully to Be Good

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I’m not sure what exactly Lent is supposed to feel like, but it felt to me like holding my breath for 40 days– and, somehow having survived, I am relieved to finally exhale. At the onset of the season, I wrote about my high hopes for spiritual growth, but only about a week in it became clear that my monumental personal deficiencies were going to get in the way. So you’ll understand if the following is not the most sublimely spiritual synthesis; it’s more like Random Crap I Learned While Trying Unsuccessfully to Be Good. 1. I am unfaithful. I […]

Thursday

10

March 2011

16

COMMENTS

Lent is for Losing Weight

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In the days leading up to Ash Wednesday, I considered what I might give up to better open my heart to God. I rolled around ideas from Lenten seasons past, and one made me smile at its memory: A few years ago, I gave up sweets for the  full 40 days. I kept my fast religiously– I even refused the small mint offered at a restaurant. And I knew that the idea of the whole thing was to turn toward God hungry, but also– and mostly– I wanted to lose a little weight. As I thought about what I might […]

Thursday

3

February 2011

50

COMMENTS

Looking to the Maker of Trees

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I finally started going to Bible study again last week. I took a few years’ break to be pregnant with twins, birth twins, and survive the first two years with twins. But excuses only work so long, even adorable little matching ones. I was disappointed to learn that we’d be studying with the book You Can Change by Tim Chester, not because I am so ridiculously fabulous and unneeding of change, but because I am so ridiculously cheap and didn’t want to drop $12 for a book to remind me that I’m an asshole. But I know that there are […]

Thursday

23

December 2010

9

COMMENTS

When a Baby Means War

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It’s the time of year when I’m forced to think of Jesus not as a grown man dying on a Roman cross or as an intercessor pleading my sorry case at the heavenly throne but as a newborn. Images and stories and songs of His birth make me ask, “What does it mean that He was a baby?” I have seen a culture’s answer. That He was a baby– and held fast in time in our minds as that baby– means He is safe and sweet and pure. It means He is holdable, manageable, tame. Even many of my non-Christian […]

Wednesday

22

September 2010

4

COMMENTS

Apology/Apologetics

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An email regarding my last post has forced me to make two of my least favorite admissions: 1.) I was wrong, and 2.) I am worthwhile. In that post, I said I would state facts about what had been happening to cause a lapse in posting but that I wouldn’t apologize because I felt it would be too self-aggrandizing. But my friend called me out: In the spirit of facts, here’s another one: what you write is important to people. So, if we’ve come to expect a certain frequency in your writing, and you fall short of it, then I […]

Tuesday

3

August 2010

24

COMMENTS

Grace As We Know It

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My parents and I were talking after dinner– the kids were all in bed, the chaos of the day tucked away with them, and we were enjoying full glasses of wine and each other. My mom mentioned a line she had read about God never blessing us beyond our current disobedience, and my dad and I were astounded. We said that that didn’t sound like the God we knew, and she agreed. The three of us have each met God in different ways, but we were all there to witness when He took my disobedience and out-graced it beyond imagination. […]

Monday

28

June 2010

3

COMMENTS

Fraudulent Me

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Sometimes I think it’s just a matter of time before everyone realizes I’m a total fraud. I know I have a good show going on where I look like a decent mom, a semi-intelligent writer, and at least a passable Christian, but I live in fear that one day someone is going to see the real, fake me. It’ll be like when I figured out the Tooth Fairy was a sham and all at once Santa and the Easter Bunny came crashing down with her. The fallout was ugly. So let’s just nip it in the bud, shall we? I […]

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