I fully believe that true Christians will bear fruit. And that fruit will be obvious to other people, like faithfulness and joy and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). But I don’t believe we are on the deadline that we give ourselves.
I knew God was speaking to me when I had that “little fall.” Although my name is Grace, I’m not very gracious—especially to others. Rather, I’m often haughty…and I fell.
Before I start ranting (mentally or audibly), I need to stop my thoughts and determine an appropriate response. Because every time I think a demeaning or debasing thought, I assume a position on the throne as holier-than-thou.
Sometimes, we read Scripture and wonder what we're supposed to learn by reading it. We get distracted by our buzzing phones, future tasks, or anxiety. But sometimes, God gives us a lightbulb moment. Last week, God turned the lightbulb on in my mind. The Scripture passage made sense. I knew what I had to do... Continue Reading →
I know how much you want to destroy your idols, and I know how much you want to keep them. I know how impossible it feels not to worship them. I may set goals, have high ambitions, and desire to change. But I still feel like I’ll always be ruled by my idols. So how do I stop? How do we stop?
Today I worshiped eight idols. No, I’m not exaggerating. I worshiped (at least) eight different idols in less than twenty-four hours...
Sigh. Yet again, I had to rush through my quiet time to get ready for class this morning. I felt a temporary twinge of guilt for cutting this time short. But I did nothing about it. In fact, I did it the next day and the next day and the day after that. Why do... Continue Reading →
Bitter, angry words flew from my mouth toward my siblings, which shut them down and wounded their hearts. I sat selfishly at the computer and let my mom do all the supper preparations, even though I knew better.
In bed that night, I looked back over my day and inwardly wept. My meanness and thoughtlessness surprised me.
How can we expect to have renewal of our minds with vulgar language from music, sexual scenes from movies, and inappropriate images from social media constantly running through our minds?
So is there a way we can have renewal? How can our minds be refreshed and restored?
Yesterday, I felt like a useless sack of potatoes. Let’s just say that the dog days of summer have begun…and it’s only May 9th. I’m definitely happy to be done with school. I’m excited for the sunshine, my family’s beach vacation, time with friends, and my graduation ceremony. I’ll eventually be busy with my friend’s... Continue Reading →
Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now then go,... Continue Reading →
It's confession time again. Last week, I spent six hours on a question-and-answer assignment that should have taken two; and I spent six hours working on an essay outline that also should have taken two. What a time-waster I am. And you know what? We waste time all the time—and we hate ourselves for it.... Continue Reading →
I have a confession. (Yes, another one.) I have an addiction to something naughty. It’s gooey and gummy and gloriously delicious. I am addicted to cookie dough. And unfortunately, I will not learn my lesson about eating this delicious goodness. I have to experience painful consequences over and over…and I still don’t learn my lesson.... Continue Reading →
I know I’ve ranted in the past about the way Christians make simple biblical commands very vague, complicated, and impractical. (Or have I just played that rant over and over in my mind?) This really gets on my nerves (as you can tell). Unfortunately, though, many devotionals, Bible studies, and sermons consist of unclear principles... Continue Reading →
We all have our own little rebellions. We enjoy those little indulgences that make us feel good and in control. I love control. That’s why I like driving. I am in charge when I hold the steering wheel. For some people, they feel in control with alcohol, smoking, or drugs. But most of the time,... Continue Reading →