speak life.

When PinkGirl and I go to Disney, we often pray and look for opportunities to "speak life" to the people God places in our path. I wish I could say "always" instead of "often" but I can't. Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we are obliviously self-involved. But not today. I posted this on facebook last night: … Continue reading speak life.

lament.

Thinking about praise and worship music this morning. In my personal experience and observation, more people seek God when they are hurting than when they are happy. We should sing praise and we should sing worship, but we can't forget lament. It draws people to Christ. Lament is not depressing, it reminds us we are … Continue reading lament.

lessons from the book of Job: you can say anything to God

"One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment— he can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to go away … Continue reading lessons from the book of Job: you can say anything to God

sarcasm: religious and political poison.

Reading too much on the internet today and keep thinking one thing: Sarcasm is an ineffective persuasive technique. It's condescending, arrogant, divisive and shuts down dialog. It's too often used by people in a manner to indicate that an issue is simple and anyone who doesn't see the simplicity and logic of their side of … Continue reading sarcasm: religious and political poison.

interpretations welcome.

Last night was a lazy family night. The boys were doing calculus at the kitchen table, PinkGirl was watching Disney's Cinderella on DVD and I was reading in the recliner. I must have dozed off. But it was obviously a REM nap. I was driving PinkGirl to school, but we had to stop somewhere because … Continue reading interpretations welcome.

ordering my environment.

I wrote a few weeks ago that when my head is a mess, I am compelled to order my environment. In practical application, this means three things: cleaning. purging. painting. and I guess decorating. If you count framing stuff I've been meaning to frame for...ever. and putting new flooring in downstairs. and getting rid of … Continue reading ordering my environment.

favorite child.

FirstHusband is out of town, so finding a fresh pot of coffee when I came downstairs this morning was a nice surprise. Me: "Someone made coffee?" PinkGirl: "Me." Me: "awww. You're my favorite daughter!" PinkGirl: "I would have preferred 'favorite child.'" FavoriteSon: "What do you want?" PinkGirl: "nothing!" FavroiteSon: "umm. hmm."

#smartaleckid

Me: "Hey, FavoriteSon. I know that Jesus is the common thread through the entire Bible but is there an actual Bible verse stating that? FavoriteSon:"I dunno." Me: "You're slacking on your 'walking concordance' duties. How much have we paid for your Christian education anyway?" FavoriteSon: "I got it. Ecclesiastes 10:19" Me: "uh huh. I can … Continue reading #smartaleckid