This book is rocking my world right now. Thanks to my dear friend, Marilyn, for sending it “just because:” “Poor Much-Afraid, who knew that she had been slipping and stumbling in the most dreadful way, indeed worse than at any other time, flushed painfully all over her face. She said nothing, only looked at [the … More Our Bedraggled and Muddy Condition
“An interviewer once asked Edith Schaeffer, author and wife of evangelist and philosopher Francis Schaeffer, “Who is the greatest Christian woman alive today?” She replied, “We don’t know her name. She is dying of cancer somewhere in a hospital in India.” I’m talking about that woman. Underneath her obedient life is a sense of helplessness. … More It’s Great To Be Weak
Today I read Ezekiel 23– one long, shocking metaphor of two adulterous sisters (Samaria and Jerusalem). I was struggling to find the hope as I read of their continual lust and defilement. Iain Duguid helped me with this in his NIV Application Commentary: “There is no message of hope in Ezekiel 23. The stone is … More A Hopeful Tomb
SSSSS….LOW….L…..Y….I have been working my way through Ezekiel; turtle-style. My intention is to camp out for long periods of time in one book of the Bible with the aim of understanding its themes and practical implications. The New Application Commentary by Iain M. Duguid and The Message of Ezekiel by Christopher J. H. Wright are major … More Surprised by Ezekiel
…yet God has been faithful to gently and lovingly correct me! His glory, not my own. “Keep me from the error of thinking thou dost appear gloriously when some strange light fills my heart, as if that were the glorious activity of grace, but let me see that the truest revelation of thyself is when thou … More An Error I’ve Made
O GOD, Thy main plan, and the end of thy will is to make Christ glorious and beloved in heaven where he is now ascended, where one day all the elect will behold his glory and love and glorify him for ever. Though here I love him but little, may this be my portion at … More The Valley of Vision- Christ Alone
It’s about time, since I’m going to graduate next month (ow ow)! This was an easy peezy, short, and fun paper due today! The task was to share a non-scriptural resource that has impacted our lives and could be used in a counseling context. In fact, a blog post I wrote back in 2011 called “Jesus Everywhere” inspired … More Posting My First Paper!
This weekend I went to a nearby church where Aimee Byrd was speaking, the author of Housewife Theologian. I haven’t read the book yet, however, I was intrigued after reading this affirming review. I keep thinking about what she said (that’s always a good sign that the Spirit is on the move), and so I thought I’d … More Is Theology A Big Scary Monster Under the Bed?
We constantly need to be reminded of our true identity because we’re forgetful and easily swayed by lies. God’s people are simultaneously sinners, sufferers, and saints. I go through seasons of forgetting certain parts, and lately I keep forgetting I’m a saint. Here’s an encouraging reminder of who God says we are: “God often explicitly reminds his … More Who Are You?
Again, I’m enthralled by Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God by Bobby Gross. I’m eagerly anticipating the start of Lent–2 more days until Ash Wednesday. After experiencing 4.25 billion storms this cold winter, I am desperate for Spring and the hope of Jesus’ resurrection. Here are some excerpts from Gross’ introduction on “Lent” … More The Nature of Lent