We are prone to forget our vital need for utter dependence upon Him.
Stigma |stig•ma| noun : a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something; a mark of shame or discredit; (archaic: a scar left by a hot iron: a brand.) Invalidation. | in•val•i•da•ion | noun : to discredit; emotional invalidation is when a person’s thoughts and feelings are rejected, ignored, or judged; it disrupts […]
We had borrowed the van from our friends. It was quite a lot to ask considering we took it round trip from Seattle to Los Angeles. It was our first real vacation and though it was an extremely tight-budgeted trip it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of my three little ones. I’m sure they still hold the record for number of times […]
He stands with us in our losses as the Almighty Last Word.
Would you rather die in a burning building or drown in the ocean? They usually asked it form the back seat of a boring car ride. Would you rather fall into a pit of snakes or have 10,000 spiders crawl all over you? I cringed at their morbid questions but played along to keep a he touched […]
Closeness to God isn’t measured in proximity that increases or decreases depending on spiritual activity. In my early years as a Jesus-follower, I operated under the notion that closeness to God was based on my actions. It wasn’t an altogether faulty notion. James 4:16 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to […]
I stopped attending church as form and began my search for church as function.
I begin this post with Dear Reader because it reminds me there is a flesh and blood someone on the other side of these words I hurl into cyberspace. Where have I been, you ask? This summer I did a lot of soul-searching and zero blogging. There was a fair amount of talk therapy splattered in there as […]
I’ll be honest. My life hasn’t been pretty lately, which may explain my absence here. Presently, I’m sitting among a stand of fir trees and taking in beautiful Dickey Lake in northwestern Montana. The setting is perfect for woolgathering. When life and relationships get messy, I tend to pull back and pull inside myself. My […]
An Organic Conversation, Part 1 I ended my talk with these words: We want to be offered solutions but He offers HOPE instead. Hope goes beyond the skin-depth nature of solutions. Hope does not disappoint, despite our continuously changing circumstances. The vivacious woman who had strummed us into worship stepped into transparency and spoke first, “I’ve […]