In the Bible, Job did not avoid darkness, and he did not avoid God. Instead, he brought his questions about the darkness to God. He wrestled with God. Job refused to be silenced by darkness, and he refused to fear darkness. He kept speaking truth, kept pleading. He kept wrestling through the dark. Finally, he had a break through. He emerged enlightened, and in God's light . . . .
We don't have to live in fear, for God is with us in triumph and tragedy. Facing our brokenness is an epic journey of sorts, into the abyss of pain. But He catches every tear, and He never leaves us alone. No tear is cried in vain. From our pain, He creates purpose. We can rest knowing, not our will, but His will be done.
To #ChurchToo Daughters of Zion, arise, shake off the dust, cast off chains. You are free. Redeemed. When you're ready to fight, know God has made you from iron. As Micah says, "Arise and thresh." God was never on the side of evil.
As Christians around the world set up their decorations, take part in holiday celebrations, and giftwrap presents, we should all pause and reflect on what it means to be a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ. Read more...
Black bleeds into white--ink blot distortions, diffused in shades of gray. So, right looks wrong, and wrong seems okay. The willingly blind pretend to look away. Click to read more . . .
When we lose autonomy over ourselves, we become internally unbalanced. When others silence our voice, we cannot directly communicate, set boundaries, or restore internal order. So, instead of dealing with the real conflict, we war within ourselves. Luckily, we don't have to live in an unbalanced state. We can achieve restoration, and we can be at peace with ourselves. But first we must understand the forces tipping the scale...
Rooted in dignity, we can act with integrity. Integrity is more than doing the "right" thing when no one is watching. Integrity is transparency, authenticity. It is owning our flaws. It is inspecting ourselves, our behaviors, our motives. Integrity is acting from a place of personal dignity, acting with respect to the dignity of others. Integrity is seeing others have worth simply because they ARE.
The ruins / Staining hearts / And Crumbling Covenants
I once taught writing. Writing in theory and writing in practice are very different things. I'm certainly no linguist like Shakespeare. Shucks, I wouldn't pretend to possess an ounce of Stephen King's I-crank-out-a-novel-a-week talent. But as Robin Williams (as Professor... Continue Reading →