Launch a Counterattack

Blog - Counterattack - keep workingVicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.

But what are we to do? Continue reading

When We Are Struggling…..

It’s a bad idea.

For believers to be alone.

To decide to live in isolation.

Blog - IronWe need others to come alongside us and sharpen in us what might otherwise be a dull blade.

A blunt knife is still a knife, but its effectiveness and its usefulness are greatly reduced. So it is with the believer who is left to herself – without the benefits that other sisters in Christ provide.  Continue reading

White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.

Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading

The Off Season

WBlog - The Off Seasone’re not always busy; there are times when we will have an off-season. An off-season is a period of time when the least of amount of activity or involvement is required; it’s a time period when there are low points in our schedule; a time when we are the least busy. It is at those times that many of us relax our focus and lessen our stride – even our stride in the Word of God. It’s a potentially dangerous period of time. Continue reading

Infusion

Blog - Infusion

How do you feel about one serving of your food touching another serving of a different food on your plate? Food cooked separately can become intermingled once it has been set on a plate. This is particularly challenging for some people. When my children were young, there were family members who would eat all their vegetables first, then their starch, and finally their meat. For other members of my household, they didn’t even like for their servings of food to touch one another. For these folks, the mixing of food should occur in the stomach—but not in the mouth. Careful steps were taken to ensure that their distinct food servings did not cross paths. I, on the other hand, like to sample all my food together. To me, the infusion of all the assorted flavors and textures makes the whole meal taste even better.

    For most people, the preferred method of meal consumption is mostly insignificant. The varied scenarios are personal preferences regarding the separation and aggregation of food particles. Whether the foods are intermingled before consumption has no variance on the degree of nutrients digested, which promote physical growth and overall health. But these scenarios do have significant spiritual implications worth exploring. Continue reading

Spent

Blog - SpentSTRIKE ONE, STRIKE TWO, AND THREE AS WE move further down the “to do” list. Our fine-point permanent marker is worn. The only visible notation of the once named Sharpie is the faded letters pie appearing on the marker’s exterior. Whereas the ink, in times past, had been defining and boldly black, it now dispenses as a stubborn, charcoal-gray color with grave uncertainty. It takes multiple overlapping marks to make one effective strike. It’s frustrating, but we are determined to show that we have completed the list. And that means striking a heavy line through every task to prove its fulfillment. Continue reading

From a Place of Dependence

Blog - Place of DependenceTight schedules.

Relentless demands.

Growing expectations.

Challenging tasks.

Some days it seems almost unbearable! But each day is quite bearable when we consider our position in it all.

These next several weeks are much more taxing than many other weeks I’ve had in recent times. Preparation. Deadlines. Availability. Schedule. Reschedule. These terms have been a regular part of my vocabulary this week and seemingly for the very near future. As my recent vacation accelerated toward its end, the temptation to worry would soon begin. Continue reading

Half Empty or Running Over?

Blog - Cup Running OverFor the past two days, this question has been pressing on my mind. . . . or shall I say pressing on my heart: is the glass half-empty or is it running over full?When the promise is delayed, this question begs to be answered.

Sometimes, it seems like my timetable and God’s timetable are like two ships sailing adjacent to one another in a huge tumultuous sea. The timetables are side by side, but they fail to intersect when I think they should. They are in sync, but they don’t seem to be crossing paths as quickly as I would like.

Am I the only one who is tempted to look at the glass as “half-empty” when I should realize the “my cup runs over” aspect of my relationship with my Father? Continue reading