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God Loves Twinkies

In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be My disciples. –Luke 14:33 Is it just me or has Western Christianity become a spectator sport? It seems we’ve domesticated our wild, radical Jesus and reduced His call to a Sunday service. In the book, not a fan., Kyle Idleman writes, “And I think Jesus has a lot of fans these days. Fans who cheer for Him when things are going well, but…

What Controls Your Life?

“What consumes your mind, controls your life” --Unknown I finished reading, All the Places to Go, How will You know? By John Ortberg. It’s a book about open doors and choices - how to recognize God’s leading. This caused me to reflect on decisions and choices I’ve made or failed to make - stuff that directed or changed my life (if I only went left instead of right). In his book, Ortberg says, “We make decisions, and then we make…

One of Those Believers

“You know how you can pray for me?” asked a non-believer I was talking with, “God save us from your Believers.” Ouch…I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve been hurt by us, sorry our churches caused you to feel on the outside. I’m sorry in our zealousness for you to come to belief you were wounded. I’ve done it. I’ve been one of those believers you speak about. When I read my Bible, I notice Jesus never debated with people about who…

I’m No Saint

I saw him the moment we walked in the gym – an older man watching my son. When you have a kid with disabilities, it isn’t unusual for people to stare or watch them. My son, Joey, is often stared at – I typically feel we are the stage show of the waiting room. The way I handle this depends on the day. Sometimes I engage them, other times I ignore it or if it’s really obnoxious, I might position…

Good Fathers, the Unsung Heroes

  “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”       –Billy Graham  Good fathers, the unsung heroes. We know them when we see them – some of us are lucky enough to have one. But what if you don’t? What if you got a dad who is angry, unpredictable, addicted, selfish, absent or abandoned you? When your earthly father lets you down and hurts…

When Bible Beating Doesn’t Work

Her story finished, she watched me with cautious eyes - reflected was the unspoken question, “are you going to judge and shame me now?” In vulnerability, my friend shared a piece of her life involving ongoing sin. She knew it, I knew it. We are both Christians - my inner, good girl Christian warred with my people pleasing and desire to comfort my friend. In the pause she said, “I think God is good with it.” I responded, “You know…

Hurry and Busy

“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life” – Dallas Willard  I forgot it’s supposed to be fun – this life God created. Instead of joy, rest, relationship and service, I’m swallowed by life’s demands. Chores To-Do lists Errands Other people’s agendas Doctor appointments Calls to the insurance, cable, cel phone company Commitments I feel obligated to show up for School events, presentations and programs I get weary and exhausted, worn out from life. It’s all I can do to keep up…

Memorial Day Thank You

Today, I offer a different post – a post to say thank you. It’s Memorial Day weekend and my mother comes from a military family. Her dad, my grandfather, was career military. He retired after 28 years of service in 1968 as a Major. My uncles served in the Navy and Air Force. My grandfather began his career in the army, then requested and received honorable discharge so he could reenlist into the Air force and fly. He became a…

Living Waters

“Whoever believes in Me, as Scriptures has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”     -- John 7:38 I always understood this is the goal - to be so connected, so overcome with the presence of Christ in my life, that living waters flow from me so others may know Him and drink.  I get the idea - but I’ve never been exactly sure what it means or looks like.  I wonder if living waters flow from me…

Missing Mom

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mom - how much she sacrifices, loves and gives – but not everyone gets the mom they need or hope for. For some, it’s a day of sadness and loss. Maybe you’ve lost your mom or maybe due to addiction, illness or abandonment, you never really had a mom. You attempt to find a card to wish her happy Mother’s Day and all you see are cards thanking her for all the things…