It may be the timely hardship I'm facing, but there's a passage captured in the gospel accounts that continues to flood my thoughts. Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will … Continue reading Sensible hesitation.
The lingering curiosity over Redeeming Love.
Following a best-selling Christian romance novel, written by Francine Rivers, and published in 1991 comes the new steamy, controversial, and popular movie by the same name: Redeeming Love. It hit the theaters in January 2022 and it has all Christians talking. Should I see it? Should I not see it? You should watch it. You … Continue reading The lingering curiosity over Redeeming Love.
Jesus is enough.
It is said that when we are faced with a "titanic ship" moment in our lives, that is when we begin to truly question our worldview. It is what we believe and why we believe that determines how we begin to think, embrace, and move forward with whatever is thrown our way. For many, it … Continue reading Jesus is enough.
Peace within the snowstorm.
Midnight migraines, significantly creeping stir-craziness, and beaming boredom from the week reminded me of how much I enjoy spending time elsewhere. For some, working from home is ideal, for me, it's an unpleasant dream. There's something relaxing about being able to drive somewhere. I could quite possibly be on my own with this opinion, but … Continue reading Peace within the snowstorm.
As it hurts.
"If this is Your Will, please break my heart gently but swiftly." This has been my prayer recently. If God is calling me to do something that requires me to give up my desires, this is what I'm asking. Even if it hurts, when it hurts, and as it hurts, I want what God wants … Continue reading As it hurts.
Matthew 16 reads: 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. 26 For what will it benefit someone if he gains the … Continue reading Deny yourself.
Stings from purity culture.
If your non-Christian friend, coworker, family member, peer, or child had one weekend to learn about Christianity, what would you want them to learn? I would want them to fall in love with Love Himself: Jesus. I would want them to learn who this God is and why His grace is just that good. I … Continue reading Stings from purity culture.
How did Jesus do it? To your surprise, this is not a question that can be answered by acknowledging the divinity of Christ. Jesus was fully God and fully man. How did Jesus do it as fully man? How did Jesus work as a carpenter and do ministry? How did he do it without feeling … Continue reading The carpenter.
Being in the world.
Listen more even when you completely disagree with him or her. That's something that has been on my heart in this season of life. Listen more. Seek to understand. Take it all to Jesus. Photos by Mathias P.R. Reding | Pexels "Be in the world and not of the world" is the saying that Christians … Continue reading Being in the world.
God’s unfathomable love.
Within the last month, I've been enlightened. It turns out that I am far more selfish, arrogant, hypocritical, unkind, and frustrating than I thought. I can be rightfully unlovable which is an incredibly humbling reality. This is nothing you did not know but now I am beginning to see myself the way you may see … Continue reading God’s unfathomable love.