The very act of faith requires some imagination. Prayer is impractical. Application of truth involves abstract thought. Belief, at its core, is looking at a situation and clinging to "But what if God can/will/does..." The definition of faith is "being sure of what we hope for... certain of what we cannot see." (Hebrews 11:1) We may see God work and move in the practical circumstances of life, but our assurance comes from someplace much deeper than what we can see or touch.
A few nights ago I had an argument with my younger daughter. And I realized, the whole point of the fight was this - I saw something in her attitude, in her response, that I didn't like about myself. I wasn't just fighting with her about her actions or her tone of voice - I was fighting for her character. And mine.
I have a hard time balancing a number of priorities all at once. I don't know if I've always been like this, or if committing to things is just new for me. I don't know if I've always been an all-or-nothing type of person. But in this season of my life, I definitely am.
I definitely think we need the encouragement to take care of ourselves. For too long, we've defined success as a destination we reach, milestones we hit along the way. But in that headlong rush to reach milestones, we lose parts of who we are as we're going. So I'm in favor of an approach that includes time to slow down and reflect, to truly engage with the people around us, to evaluate where we're going and who we're becoming at the same time.
And I'm guessing maybe you do, too. It's been awfully cold and dark in cyberspace. But not silent. Just cold, dark and oppressive. I find myself in need of some simple pleasures to pull my brain out of the deep, angry pit I managed to jump into. Confession - the last 2 weeks I have... Continue Reading →
A life that doesn't look perfect can still show progress. If you're overwhelmed by the work it takes to "clear the weeds" in your life, it may be time to take a step back.
I mean, actually, when in history did we decide that reading through the Bible as fast as possible was the best way to go about it? Hi, I'm Andrea, and sometimes I forget to write soft, friendly introductions. Also, this post will be way shorter than the last few weeks. I've been thinking about this... Continue Reading →
This is the blog post that will probably make some of my friends mad. Maybe. We'll see how we feel at the end haha I feel like I need to just jump right in to telling the bad news to all my friends with the wall hangings and mugs and phone lock screens with pretty,... Continue Reading →
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 →