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Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency

That’s when I realized that in the midst of my need, I didn’t actually want God to provide for me; I wanted Him to make me comfortable. I didn’t want enough to cover this specific need. I wanted enough that I would never have to rely on the help of others again. I said I relied on God, but I really just wanted to make ends meet on my own terms. I didn’t want other people to be involved. I wanted Him to provide in a way that I could just meet the demands I faced by myself. 

Children Belong To God

Children Belong To God

The problem is, these deepest desires of our hearts as parents are not in line with the reality of life God’s Word tells us about . . . that in this fallen world this child will hurt; this child will suffer; this child will eventually die.

A Selfish Marriage

A Selfish Marriage

“Your marriage is not your own. Stop treating it like it is. You WILL destroy it if you continue to act as if it belongs only to you. Not because you necessarily want to, but you can’t help yourself apart from me. If you aren’t living for Me, you are only living for yourself. At any moment in your given life, if you aren’t living to glorify Me---you are striving for your own glory. Stop. Or you will destroy everything I have given you.”

Should We Be Teaching "Identity?"

Should We Be Teaching "Identity?"

Sometimes, when I am reading material on our union with or our identity in Christ, the writer seems to be lifting up the creation above the Creator. And we must be careful that we don’t sound like a Christianized self-esteem presentation.

When Your Spouse Disappoints

When Your Spouse Disappoints

So they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives. Yikes. When words and communication are kind of your thing, this is terrifying. So how do we do this? How do we respond when we aren’t getting what we want, even when what we want is a good thing (like a loving husband or a respectful wife)?

How To: The Art of Finding a Church

How To: The Art of Finding a Church

Is finding a church family a lot like some of the criteria we put forth when looking to date someone? “Yes, I would like a church that is witty, always available for me to talk to when I want, interested in serving my every whim and desire, wants to be involved in my life (but not too much), thinks I’m pretty special, accepts me exactly for who I am and is particularly thankful for the privilege of knowing me?”

The Plight of Loneliness

The Plight of Loneliness

Sometimes battles that take place on the inside are the hardest. They aren’t visible to a passerby and unless the person who is as war within is willing to talk about it, it will go completely unnoticed... The struggle of loneliness goes beyond the surface… deeper, much deeper. It creates an ache well within my soul. There’s no quick fix or Band-Aid to fix it. It goes beyond the fix of relationships with an endless wave of lies washing over me.