We like to wallow in our grief. We derive pleasure from it. It grants us sympathy and makes us feel justified.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. - Psalm 51:16-17 It’s been a long year. God has done many amazing things. I... Continue Reading →
The answer to “What is the meaning of life?” depends on who you ask. A geek or a smart aleck might say “42!” A nerd will start rambling about homeostasis and reproduction. Siri gave me a few different responses to the meaning of life, including “a movie” and “chocolate.” The most interesting answer to this... Continue Reading →
Today is my birthday, and as I've thought back over my life, something very important stuck out to me. It's stuck out to me before, and today I gave it some serious thought. You see, my mom's been praying all my life for God to put good Christian women in my life. Has He answered... Continue Reading →
Ouch. Let me say it again just for the sting: You. Are. Not. God. Okay, deep breath here. I know it hurts now, but you're going to be fine. What am I talking about, you ask? Like, duh, you know you're not God. But . . . do you? Do any of us?
Think of your best friend. Think of someone you care about and deeply respect, someone who has been there through your ups and downs and mentored you and cried with you. Have someone? Good, because this is about to get morbid. Imagine what you would do if they died. If they not only died but... Continue Reading →
Every story is different and unique, but they all follow the same basic formula. Those of you who have taken creative writing classes or even a basic English class may remember it, but for those who don't, let's have a refresher: Inciting Incident - This is where the story starts. You have a character, you... Continue Reading →
Love the sinner, hate the sin. Cliche as it is, it is accurate: I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. - Psalm 119:104 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. - Proverbs 8:13 Love must be sincere. Hate what... Continue Reading →
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will... Continue Reading →