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.

#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

#memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven

#memoryverse "John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. John 3:27 (ESV) thoughts: I have nothing unless it is given to me from Heaven. First and foremost, that means grace. John 6:44 tells me: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws … Continue reading #memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven

#memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men

#memoryverse "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" Colossians 3:23 (NIV) thoughts: The first word that jumps into my head when I read this verse is: competence. I'm not sure when I first figured out that - as someone who professes faith in Christ … Continue reading #memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men

#IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

the quote: “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 … Continue reading #IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God.

We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

Re-written is one way to say it. But the word "re-written" tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word "re-written" is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the … Continue reading We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

#memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God.

#memoryverse "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) One of my go-to questions when I meet with someone as a communication/life coach is: "How do you receive … Continue reading #memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God.