“Don’t be anxious,” I tell myself. When my mind starts swirling about the to-do lists or the future or the present or this overwhelming task of parenthood, or the fill in the blank. Don’t be anxious.
Then I try to remember about what follows in Philippians 4, what I’m supposed to think about instead of those worries: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy.” Yes, those sound so much better than my worries. What is true in this situation? What is lovely? … Read the rest
Waiting for God to move is hard. Trusting that He will is not so bad, but waiting on his timing is killer.
I’ve been in a journey – waiting, offering suggestions (cleverly disguised as “Do you want me to…?), praying, getting impatient, begging to feel better. You know. God has made progress in me for sure, but I’d like the process to just be done already.
Lately I’ve had thoughts just itching at me, telling me I need to do something. Do SOMEthing. Anything. Surely I’m supposed to do something. Anything. But I haven’t been feeling confirmation from God either … Read the rest
Moving through the Fruits of the Spirit, we are now at Gentleness. I’ve recently discovered Chad’s Bible Encyclopedias. I’m so thankful for his Bible degree…
“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently.” Galatians 6:1
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Babies need to be treated with gentleness, just notice next time you’re … Read the rest
In the list of Fruits of the Spirit, goodness is the one that is giving me the most trouble. Every time I try to define it, I realize I’m instead defining one of the other fruits. I should probably look in the Bible and see what help it can offer.
“…make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge…” 2 Peter 1:5 (NIV)
“Good” seems so relative. What tastes good, what smells good, what looks good, what’s considered good behavior. All of this is opinion-based.
According to 2 Peter, goodness is part of a sequence of … Read the rest
I sat in church on Sunday listening to one of our pastors prepare the congregation for communion. He said the words that are so familiar to me, “do this in remembrance of me“, and I really started to think about those words in a new way.
I thought about how the disciples would have shared the passover meal together after Jesus had died, risen, and returned to heaven. They would have remembered Jesus during this meal – specifically the last one they had celebrated together, then maybe shared stories of him (He had some great stories!). Maybe it … Read the rest
You know how it goes. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. The reality is that words do hurt, and their effect can last much longer than a physical injury.
There are a lot of words that swirl around in my head. Some are true and some are not. Some are kind and some are not. Some are mine and some are not. Some are godly and some are not. I am going through some counseling right now (oh yes, I will wave that banner high), and one thing we are working on is … Read the rest
I’ve mentioned here before that I don’t like to cry – I feel like the tears are controlling my body instead of me. But I’m still in a grieving period over the loss of Pastor Stan Buck, and I cry about that regularly.
There is this song called “Forever Reign” by Hillsong, and it somehow was the song that we sang at church when Pastor Stan was diagnosed, then his first Sunday back after surgery and chemo, whenever he had a clear scan, then when he was re-diagnosed, and on the day that he died. This song holds a … Read the rest
As I sat at church one particular Sunday with the communion elements in my hand, I found myself unsure of what to pray. It’s not like a keep a journal of my sins so I can ask forgiveness for each one on communion day. Do I ask forgiveness for my habitual sins? Pride, selfishness, doubt, faithlessness, (and on and on and on)?
Then my mind shifted from the vague sins, to those I commit and know what I’m doing. The sins that make me pause, have a conversation with myself (or the Holy Spirit?), then decide to go ahead with … Read the rest
This morning I read Philippians 4. Please read verse 8 and then I will continue…
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
First I got stuck on “true”. Whatever is true. God is true. His Word is true. Whatever else may happen, focus on whatever is true. If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about those things. Whatever else may happen, think about what is excellent or praiseworthy. God is … Read the rest
Stan Buck got to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” yesterday. We’ve known it was coming, but that doesn’t lessen the pain. We know that he is in the presence of the Father, that his body is cancer-free, that yesterday he was part of an amazing church service, but that doesn’t lessen our pain. Because now we figure out how to continue our lives – at home, at work, at church – without him. His office light isn’t on. His planner isn’t on his desk. He isn’t in there hearing every word we say when we think he isn’t … Read the rest