Last week we were in the cave - finding temporary shelter and making a plan to move forward. This week we've somehow made it to the strong, fortified city - the Psalmist doesn't tell us how that happens. But after the first Selah, the tone of the song changes. Psalm 46:4-7 (NRSV) says: There is… Continue reading Monday Musing: Pause And Reflect (Pt. 3)
Research credit for this post goes to my pastor, who preached a sermon on Psalm 46 this past Mother's Day. He pulled out some nuances in the text of this Psalm that made the geeky parts of my brain happy. And I haven't stopped thinking about what it might mean for my life. Selah. As… Continue reading Monday Musing: Pause And Reflect (Pt. 2)
I don't know about all of you, but I'm not always comfortable with the slowing down and thinking deeply. I speak quickly, I write quickly, I think quickly. I like to think deep thoughts, sure, but I prefer for them to come in a flash of insight. Pondering is work. And the reality is, for me, there are some things I don't want to stop and think about. I avoid reflecting, on purpose, because I know where the Holy Spirit wants to direct my thoughts.
Confession: I am someone who can be offended pretty easily. It's not like I walk around angry all the time. I don't enjoy the negative feelings that come with it. But sometimes I forget to look for the good, and I get caught up in the reaction to the bad. In an online world, this… Continue reading Monday Musing: I Don’t Want To Be Like Her
We have all kinds of milestones to mark progress for our kids. But for parents, how do we measure our growth and success?
I'm not a fan of dirt under my fingernails, or even the sensation of dirt on my hands at all. But there was time, not very long ago, that I walked around with dirt on my hands, just hoping no one would notice it. I knew it was there; I knew why it was there. But I definitely hid it from everyone. The last thing I wanted to do was talk about what I had been doing (or not doing) that made my hands so dirty.
Followers of Jesus have been entrusted with talents and tasks. So what do we do with them? How do we use them in a way that will please our Master?
Do you ever find yourself stuck learning the same lesson over and over? There might be a reason for that.
We've been taught to worship God, and that idols are bad. But what does idolatry look like in the 21st century? Reviewing Psalm 115 today!
Thoughts on authenticity, friendship, and 2018 retreat in review.