I cried out to God, “Why does this hurt so bad?!?” Gently, He responded, “Because you made pleasing these people your god. Your sacrifices for these people were an act of worship that you were doing to attain their pleasure. And it hurts to be rejected by your god even more than it hurts to be rejected by your friends.”
This was the news I had been avoiding getting since the pandemic began. And finally it came. The thing I had been looking forward to for a year was just … Continue reading Coming in a Whisper
Something has been asked of all of us during this pandemic. We’ve been asked to sacrifice our comfort, our routines, our social contact for the sake of something better. We have been asked to do things that we don’t have the proper support to do well (I’m looking at you, learning from home). And I don’t know about you, but sometimes, it feels like it is killing me.
Which reminds me of what Timothy Keller said in his book Counterfeit Gods: “Sometimes God seems to be killing us when He’s actually saving us.”
This testimony has really made me stop and think. You know, most of the day I am not hearing anyone else talking. And so that leaves a lot of room for the voice in my head to speak to me. And let me tell you, that voice does not often follow the guidelines of Ephesians! While words like “You can’t do this”, “Out of control”, or “Failed again” might not be fully formed into sentences, often that is my self-talk it. And that’s not very wholesome talk!
Few directions of God are more targeted to women than the instruction towards godly mentorship. Titus 2:3-5 gives a clear call to mentorship in feminine relationships. Something I suspect is lacking in many women’s lives.
This is when the Holy Spirit checked me. He was graciously saying, Who do you think made it turn out okay? He reminded me that things going well were the result of prayer. That He was granting impossible things like patience and energy.
And that I must not belittle prayers just because He answered them
Useless. Sometimes I can convince myself that days I sleep all the way through are spent in my body healing- creating new neuropathways that will help me function healthily when … Continue reading A Bruised Reed
Do you ever say something that leaves your listeners boggled because they totally lack the context? I know when I try to make the connections between what we had … Continue reading The Yeast of the Pharisees
When Christmas is over, the reality sinks in- a new year is approaching. Many people do a lot of reflecting on the year that is passing. Others think of what … Continue reading For the New Year…
As I sat there on the couch with my Bible and the study materials in my lap, I felt my eyes drooping and my head heavily bowing forward. Ah shoot, … Continue reading Hitting the Reset Button
It’s laundry day. Being part of a family of six sure does load up the work for that particular task. I’m always amazed at what I discover each time … Continue reading Laundry and Other Spiritual Matters
I was talking with my friend about getting rid of toys. She was amazed when I told her that we’d gotten rid of like half of our toys before moving … Continue reading Life on a budget