And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible. Looked at from any angle, you’ve come out of this with purity of heart.
2 Corinthians 7:11 (MSG)
I don’t post near as often as I should, but I have a good reason–I am the mommy of the most amazingly beautiful, even-tempered, precious eleven-month-old girl on the planet. Most of the time. The past couple of weeks at home have been…trying, to say the least.
My Angel Princess is teething. Continue reading
So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.” –Genesis 6:7
And so begins what is quite possibly the most popular and well-known children’s story in the Bible.
…does anyone else have a problem with this? Whose brainchild was it to consider this for preschool-aged Sunday School curriculum to begin with?! “Hmm…let’s see…talking donkey? Maybe. Jesus telling children to come to him? Nah, that’ll be over their heads. Oh, look! This passage has animals and a rainbow–BINGO!” Since then, the story of Noah and his boat of fuzzy creatures has become not just a popular children’s church topic, but has also been used in the branding of everything from daycare facilities to books to nursery decor to…well…anything and everything kid-friendly. Continue reading
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” –Philippians 4:13
All children are told at some point that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. Some aspire to be veterinarians, some wish to become firemen, some even aspire to be the President of the United States (although if they knew that the President is generally the most hated person in the country they’d think twice–but I digress). Continue reading
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done…” Genesis 50:20
It’s unbelievable how cruel and evil people can be. I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill playground bullies and in-laws; I’m speaking of those that do things that are so unbelievably abhorrent that it stirs up such strong feelings of rage and injustice that we can’t do anything but shake our heads in disgust. This morning, I saw firsthand how absolutely AWFUL people can be; I also got to witness how God–in a way–can turn the tables and use the acts of the wicked for His own purposes. Continue reading
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I try to avoid using passages of Scripture that I think have turned into church cliches. Everything’s already been said about them, and to a lot of us, they’ve lost their power–another empty saying to roll your eyes at. It’s more fun to find the hidden new stories than to hear the same ol’ platitudes for the 300th time…
That being said, there is a reason that cliches are…well…cliches–there is truth in them. (Not an original thought; stole it from a friend). Continue reading
“So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you…” –Genesis 3:14
I learned a lot listening to the story of the Fall of Man in my Bible discussion group last night. Some of it really rubbed me the wrong way.
Like how the serpent TOTALLY got shafted. Continue reading