For some reason, this picture spoke a thousand words to me. Overwhelming loss of life. Grief. Trauma. Heartbroken families. Sudden tragedy. Fifty-nine lives ended abruptly Sunday night. Five hundred people are still suffering physical injuries. Thousands of families, first responders, and concert-goers are in the initial stages of traumatic stress and grief. Once we get… Continue reading Why?
About 3 years ago, I was gifted a 1-year membership to audible.com. I have renewed my membership every year since because I discovered the joy of "reading" again. I could "read" (ok, listen!) while folding laundry, driving down the road, cooking dinner, or washing dishes. I got my kids hooked too. They LOVE audiobooks! One… Continue reading Remember, Remember
What good is a memorial if we've forgotten its purpose? In the United States, we set aside the last Monday in May as an official memorial to honor the fallen. Since most people are given the day off, it's usually used to kick off summer, have a barbecue, and hit the beach. For others, it's… Continue reading Memorial Day
How would it feel to be the generation that ruined it all? If the United States collapses within the next 40 years, the fault cannot be laid exclusively at the feet of millennials. At least 3 previous generations would also bear the blame for the slow slide of destruction. But... What if there had not been a slow slide, but a completely foolish string of choices confined to one generation? Can you imagine watching the destruction of your country, knowing your generation was responsible? The generation of Israelites we read about in Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, complained so much and possessed such faithless spirits that God prevented everyone twenty years and older from entering the promise land. Instead of enjoying the riches of Canaan, they ate dust until they became dust. What happened?!?!?!
I'm writing this piece because I have writer's block. Seriously. Well... I'm also teaching my kids how to write, so this has been crowding up my brain lately. "My paper is due tomorrow!" "I have a sermon to preach!" "I don't know how to give this presentation!" "I haven't posted for a week! What should I… Continue reading Got Writer’s Block? These 7 Tips Will Help.
About a week ago, the internet exploded as Bill Condon, director of Beauty and the Beast, alluded to an "openly gay moment" in the upcoming film. Social media spiraled into a frenzy. An Alabama theater refused to show the movie. Conservative groups screamed for a boycott. "Progressives" patted themselves jubilantly on the back. And me? I'm just sipping my… Continue reading To Boycott or Not to Boycott…
A few years ago, I found this acrostic on Pinterest: “Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind?” There is wisdom in choosing our words with greater care.
The following is an excellent article from a fellow blogger on being more purposeful in our everyday speech. I would add that we need to also be careful in what we “say” with our keyboards!
I am in the middle of a ten-day “word fast” – fasting from certain kinds of speaking for the length of ten days. The idea came from the appropriately-named Ten-Day Word Fast available for the Bible app on my phone, and the premise is simple: abstain from complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip for ten days.
There’s a little more to the fast than that, and the definition of the words are carefully drawn out (i.e. “criticism” as it’s used here is made distinct from authentic and honest admonishment given in love). But I’ve been working with the first two so far (complaining and criticism) and not complaining or being critical has taught me a lot.
Most importantly, what it’s taught me is this: I often complain and am critical to avoid being direct.
If I have a bad day, for example, I have a tendency to complain about it:…
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We long to be loved, don't we? Unfortunately, we tend to spend most of our time "looking for love in all the wrong places." We expect our best friends to manifest their unwavering loyalty, only to be wounded when they seem to have forgotten us. We seek approval on social media, and inevitably come up… Continue reading God’s Love is the Greatest Love
Hello dear readers! I am in the middle of working on some upcoming blog posts for this week, but I saw a great post today that ties in beautifully to the past several posts regarding invisible illnesses. I'm including one of the graphics, but you'll have to click the link to see the rest: … Continue reading “What It’s Like Explaining Depression Meds to Many Christians” by To Save a Life
Today is January 4, 2017. I've seen more people out jogging than usual. My Facebook feed is full of "New Year, New You" stuff---whole 30, exercise tracking, etcetera. (For tips on goal-setting, click here). I haven't seen much on Bible reading plans or daily prayer, but I realize such things are of a more personal nature. Nobody wants… Continue reading Do Your Plans for 2017 Include God?