Rescinded Grace

January 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm (Devotional, Philosophy) (, , , , )

I have this tendency that I am largely unaware of, one that lies dormant within me for the vast majority of the time. I live and breathe with it, but its presence is not felt. I am in blissful ignorance.

Then something happens to stir it within me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unwavering at the Promise

December 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm (Devotional, Philosophy) (, , , , )

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” -Romans 4:20-21

This verse struck me because I often feel as though I doubt God’s goodness in my life. He has given me so much, blessed me so much, endured with me through so much, proved His love and faithfulness to me time and time again, and yet… Read the rest of this entry »

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Settling.

November 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm (Completion, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , )

There are two primary issues that impact every area of my life:
     1) self-reliance
     2) lack of faith

I rely on myself far too often. Why? ‘Cause usually I can get by. I know what people want/need to hear, I know how to assuage others anxieties. It leaves me with an impression of, “Hm, I can get it done!” 

“What’s wrong with that?” you may ask. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Lesser Known Wrath

September 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm (Devotional, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , )

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” – Romans 1:18

(PREFACE: People don’t often speak of the wrath of God, but it is in the Bible and ought to be spoken of. However, in this writing I am simply highlighting that in every occurrence in your life – even wrath – God is drawing you to Himself.)

This wrath that is revealed by God in this passage, if I understand it correctly, is quite interesting and not at all what our perceived understanding of “wrath” tells us it should be. Knowing Romans chapter 1, God’s wrath isn’t always a fire, earthquake, physical devastation, opening-the-ground-up-and-swallowing-the-sinful kind of wrath – it can be something much worse. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Heart’s Response to Life

September 8, 2012 at 10:38 pm (Completion, Contentment, Philosophy) (, , , , , )

I have recently been overwhelmed.

My circumstances have changed in ways small to the outside world, but large in my perception. Some changes are positive, and some are more challenging, yet something strange has been happening to me in the last two weeks. Each stress, challenge, discouragement and change in my life has been met with a reaction unanticipated, unexpected and unnatural. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Touch of Death

July 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm (Culture, Death, Devotional, Philosophy, Relationships, Religious Commentary) (, , , , , , , , )

When I was 15 years old, 3 students I went to high school with died within 4 days of each other. I attended funerals and memorials and grieved with my classmates. It wasn’t that they were close friends. I knew them through loose associations at school, but I cried because that week myself along with 1,600 other students were forced to acknowledge that death didn’t just come knocking for the old. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Did I Get Here?

April 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm (Contentment, Devotional, Philosophy, Religious Commentary, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; They have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.”
     In the Hebrew, it seems to indicate that the term “resting place” means quite simply, “to rest; place to lie down.” Now that all sounds harmless enough until you’ve accidentally fallen asleep on the bus. Or a train in Austria. Or had to spend the night on the street. If you’ve done those things, perhaps you are better acquainted with the significance of the implications of “resting place.” When you rest you are completely vulnerable. Anything can happen. And how can you stop it? You’re in a REM cycle! It is in sleep that we are the most susceptible to harm. Now that I have sufficiently alarmed you, let me ask: Read the rest of this entry »

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My Reflection

August 4, 2011 at 12:20 am (Contentment, Philosophy, Relationships) (, , , , , )

Bartender. Teacher. Painter. Pantomime. Accountant. Sign language expert. Salesperson. Candle lady. Math tutor. DIS aide. Job coach.

She is all of these things and more. She has an adventurous spirit and a love for people that causes her to do well in every profession she seeks.

She is my mother. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ME Generation: Advances in Entitlement

July 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm (Culture, Media, Philosophy, Social Change) (, , , , , , , , , )

They come in countless forms:

  • The fifteen year-old neighbor whose parents bought her a car for raising her GPA to 3.0
  • The principal’s son, who thinks he knows everything
  • The group of 20 somethings out on the town that walk in front of your moving car in a gaggle and then gesture rudely at you when you slam on your breaks
       A couple months ago, I received heartbreaking news: I am part of the ME generation. I am an old-timer ME, but technically I made the cut (which is 1980 and I was born in ’81) and I must call myself a member of this most fascinating and unsettling generation. The “ME” has a double-meaning, a dual-edged sword if you will. First and foremost, we are “millennial,” that is, we came to age around the time of the turn of the century.  The second definition is easily seen: we are all about “me.” In fact, I’m pretty sure The Beatles were prophesying about us when they penned the song, “I, Me, Mine.”
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The Idiozation of America

July 27, 2011 at 1:02 am (Culture, Media) (, , , , )

Yesterday I finally fulfilled my only remaining requirement for my education specialist credential: I was re-certified in CPR and First Aid. While taking the class and watching the new videos put out by the American Heart Association, I couldn’t help but notice that the informative gentleman in the polo shirt on the television kept referring to two awkward-sounding terms: inside bleeding and outside bleeding.

Now I never went to medical school, but I’m fairly sure that that’s known as internal bleeding and external bleeding.

Doubtless one doesn’t need a college degree to attribute the correct meaning of these terms. But I learned that the American Heart Association has recently begun using the terms “inside bleeding” and “outside bleeding” for their CPR and First Aid classes, finally replacing those pesky academic terms “internal bleeding” and “external bleeding.” At long last! Who wants to memorize age-level appropriate words when they could just use words that a four year-old would use to describe such things (I apologize to many four year-olds in saying this)? Read the rest of this entry »

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