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.

“Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

In my previous blog post, practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum), I talked about practicing the presence of God by pretending Jesus was physically present with me everywhere I went. I confessed that, despite my sincere intentions to be aware of God's presence with me throughout my days and my moments, I … Continue reading “Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord

giving grace.

Both my daughter and my son are having a full and stress filled week. A VERY full and stress filled week. Sleep is going to come at a premium. It's "tech week" for a show PinkGirl is teching. She's not performing in this show. She's one of the people wearing all black who works behind … Continue reading giving grace.

four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours.

a Quote: (Ellen and Genie were best friends when they were kids, but grew apart over the years. Until this reconnection in their early twenties, as written by Genie.) "For the next hour I stormed the conversation with highly exaggerated accounts of my great successes... She [Ellen] listened quietly and at one point when my … Continue reading four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours.

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.

therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

“C.S. Lewis (on reading another author): "He brought me violently face to face with..." from Yours, Jack by C.S. Lewis YES! I LOVE it when that happens! It's why I read dead guys and footnotes when I don't have to. I love it when a writer makes me think. I love it when my beliefs … Continue reading therefore I quote: “violently face to face”

idences.

specifically, providence and coincidence. providence: capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny coincidence: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection I can't ever remember believing in coincidences. My husband on the other hand, is a big believer in them. … Continue reading idences.

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.

I want me to want You.

yes. I did just sing that to the tune of a Cheap Trick song. But I'm talking to God: Lord, I want to wake up every morning aware of an innate desire for intimacy with YOU. I want to delight in YOU. but I don't. I call myself a Christian. but I can't remember ever, … Continue reading I want me to want You.