As an outsider looking in, I become outraged on God’s behalf. He blessed the Israelites with precious food straight from heaven so they would not have to hunt for food. When they woke in the morning, the manna lay in wait for them, alongside the dew. Then, they had the audacity to dream of returning to their lives as an enslaved people because they were bored with God’s provision…
Words of condemnation can wound. Applied with the proper intent and execution, however, they can restore and empower. This goes beyond using kind words and a gentle tone. If we are to build up, we have to understand the foundation of a person’s belief. We have to be in relationship with the person we are talking to.
The moment after the ultrasound that showed that our supposed “miracle baby” was meant for Heaven rather than earth, my body ached with devastating grief. Sorrow is insidious, seeping in and replicating like a virus or a cancer. It hits fast and hard — starting at the chest, knocking the wind out of you, and quickly traveling to every muscle, joint, bone, and nerve.
There is no humility in straying from a tried and true path just because we don’t like the flora surrounding it. We must seek out those who can feed wisdom in our lives. Though we can and will learn from our own risk-taking and failures, there is value in seeking out people to disciple us spiritually and practically.
I’ve always thought of peacemaking as kind of my thing. I like everyone to be happy, and I want things to go smoothly. My mom and I often say we prefer a boring life because we equate a boring, smooth life with peace. We often quip that it is much better than the alternative. It’s better to keep the peace, keep things steady in our lives.
We often look inward or outward for our own self-worth. Instead, we should look upward to the One who created us and loves us. You are worth it! I want to talk to you. Specifically you. A lot of stuff rolls around in that brain of yours, and even more courses through your heart. You… Continue reading You: Finding Individuality and Worth in God’s Love
The anger is rarely righteous and does not help us reflect the image of God. We must look inward and to His Word to inform how we act upon our emotion. As a child, I boiled over with outrage on a regular basis. I felt the anger so viscerally, I thought it was important to… Continue reading Anger: Slowing Anger to Help Us Conform to God’s Image
Jacob and Joshua erected stone memorials for remembrance of the Lord’s work. Do we actively create memorials in our hearts for Him? My father passed away in November. It seems surreal to think that I am living a part of my life without him in my background. In a quiet moment, I might remember that… Continue reading Remembrance: Erecting Memorials in Our Hearts to God
God gives us many blessings. Once we move past our initial thankfulness, the weight of what we must steward can distract us from the source of our joy. Perception For a month or more, the Lord has been confronting me… I hear messages about my perception of His blessings. Most of the time, He returns… Continue reading Steward: Finding Joy when Blessings Seem Like Burdens
The messages of the world can leave us feeling empty. We must seek our comfort in the promises of God and trust in His sufficiency. If you subscribe to the concept of love languages, it would take you five minutes with my son to recognize that his love language is clearly physical touch. In a… Continue reading Sufficiency: Finding Comfort in the Promises of God