a lesson in humility. and a reminder.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz might call the first part of this post my "backstory." ~ I'm a firstborn and an ISTP (67%) / ISTJ (33%) who's worked with IT personnel (mostly guys) for decades. My instinctive approach is always content over context. Logic over feelings. I'd say that about 90% of the time, I have a male … Continue reading a lesson in humility. and a reminder.

Christmas Bell Medley (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills)

UPDATE: I had this recording mixed and mastered and the final version is available for download HERE I hesitate to put these unmixed recordings up because every vocal you hear is mine and I hear every. single. problem. BUT I'm letting go of my ego at the moment. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Recorded November 30, 2015 "I … Continue reading Christmas Bell Medley (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills)

“Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?”

I only opened the door because I thought it was a delivery. I've been doing a bunch of online Christmas shopping. There was no smiling Amazon box on my porch. It was a smiling guy wearing a tie, holding a zippered book and what appeared to be a Bible tucked in his armpit. Thought Bubble: … Continue reading “Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?”

and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

It was Sunday afternoon. I was in "my" room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it "my" room because it's lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12x12 … Continue reading and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

I cut waaay back on facebook over the last few months. Derisive sarcasm and hate were saturating my news feed, weighing and wearing me down. As I tentatively become more active again, one of my new facebook practices is to select "I don't want to see this" whenever I read a post declaring that something … Continue reading say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

#edify: profanity

The first curse word each of my children heard came out of my mother's mouth. Let's just say it wasn't one of the curse words you might find in the Bible. She wasn't angry. or frustrated. or hurt in any way. She wasn't speaking passionately about anything of significance. It was just a passing thoughtless … Continue reading #edify: profanity

#IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt.

the quote: “...faith isn't the absence of doubt. It's believing and acting alongside your doubts... ...faith wouldn't even exist if doubt were not also present, because the essence of faith was the leap taken in the face of uncertainty. Faith wasn't a set of beliefs, or an ability to hold onto those beliefs without wavering. … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt.

#memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this

  #memoryverse "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14b (NIV) thoughts: I posted only the second part of this verse because these are the words that resonated and stuck with me the instant I read them. I didn't even try to memorize … Continue reading #memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this

#IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God

the quote: “I don’t know that Lucifer’s sin was rebellion in the full sense of the word. He did not seek to replace God or overthrow God. He simply sought to act independent of God… the root sin of all sins is this desire to act independent of God.” (emphasis added) from True Freedom: What … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God