This past year has no doubt been a season of growth for me. Quite possibly there have been more downs than ups, but in the downs I believe I have had substantial growth in my relationship with Christ, and for that I am exceedingly thankful. I think the thing I have learned most is what I am still learning: to look to Christ instead of my problems and to find my sufficiency in Him.
Sometimes I allow the negative circumstances in my life to consume my thoughts. Anxiety creeps in and I can’t focus on much else. Even when I believe I am doing what God wants by (more…)
Hey, y’all. I am guest blogging for Pirkko Rytkonen today. You can check it out over at her blog!
One quick note. Last week I wrote about unity and showing love to one another. After I posted it my friend, Carmen, recommended a song by Christy Nockels called “By Our Love.” I’m so glad she did. I downloaded it and have listened to it no less than 87 times since she told me about it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
Recently I read through the story of Abram and Lot parting ways in Genesis 13. Due to conflict between their herdsman over land, they decided to separate. This is one of the first places mentioned in Scripture where we see how damaging arguments among believers can be.
I find it interesting that (more…)
I’m happy to have Pirkko Rytkonen guest blogging today. Pirkko lives in Canada and is a retired teacher. She is originally from Finland and has lived in three different countries and ten different cities. Pirkko writes to inspire and encourage people to grow in God’s grace through tough situations. You can read more about Pirkko and her blog here. Hope you enjoy her words below!
Who’s controlling your life? What’s controlling your life? When trouble comes do you try to control the situation to your advantage? Or will you place the problem in God’s hand? Or will you manipulate others to get your own way?
Are you a controller or someone who is easily controlled by another person? Unravelling the truth about control issues reveals different emotions behind this. Many of us may not even recognize controlling behaviour until we hit a wall and we’ve had enough. (more…)
I am prone to give up before I start. No one can convince me I am a failure more than myself. If I can’t find a problem, I will create one in my head. My superpower is making something good seem bad in three seconds flat. I will focus on my weaknesses until I see nothing else.
Slowly, slowly, slowly I am learning that I cannot hate my weakness because it allows me to trust in God’s strength. As Paul pleaded for his affliction to be removed (more…)
One of my favorite Bible stories happens to be a very cliché one. Yeah, I know, but it is what it is. I love the story of Jesus healing the blind man and I hope you can just hang with me for a minute. Maybe later we can color an old school Sunday school picture and eat some goldfish crackers.
The verse above, John 9:25, is probably my favorite of the whole chapter. I love it for a lot of reasons. It makes me smile every time I read it because (more…)
A couple weeks ago I got to see that sunrise and it reminded me of this passage:
Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? -Job 38:12-13
It was a beautiful reminder that (more…)
In my last post I talked about respectfully approaching God and seeking His presence. I used a portion of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, which I will include again, because, well it’s awesome. So to recap, here it is:
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;
The rest sit ’round it and pluck blackberries
My sister-in-law pointed out that where she lives it is common practice to take off your shoes when entering someone’s home. A lot of Middle Eastern countries have this practice as a sign of respect before entering a home or mosque. She mentions it is also a very humbling gesture. As well as giving me the above picture (thank you, Pri) she also had thought provoking follow-up questions that prompted this second post about (more…)
As I am making an effort to focus on God’s Spirit and goodness, the above words from poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning kind of screamed at me this week. After seeing this piece of her poem, I had to go back to Exodus and remind myself of God’s instruction to Moses.
Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” -Exodus 3:5
For 21 days in October I am participating in Jeff Goins’s Intentional Blogging Challenge. Today the challenge is to publish a list post. With everything in me, I do not want to publish a list post. We millennials love to get stuff fast and that definitely includes the things we read. I get why list posts are so popular, and maybe that’s exactly why I don’t want to do it. I kind of don’t want to see another headline reading “3 Reasons Your Dog Can’t Poop on Trips” or “7 Reasons You Still Don’t Have Abs.” But I am a rule follower by nature, so I will be publishing my list post because that is what I was told to do.
Sometimes God has a cool way of (more…)