god reveals blueprint for new and we are eager for this change. for the free to live this life out different. for whole.
he promises restore.
then sledgehammer hits drywall and glass shatters and it is hard to remember there is good coming from it.
what we stood on is torn up and the shift to different brings sometimes even false regret at journey started.
even reduced to less than before with power out briefly. plastic draped over the roughest edges, and dust cloth cover leaving already in use—-out of reach for a season of discomfort.
but for glimpse of hope?
we return again and again to blue printed future. unrolling. coffee cup weighing down corners. hands smoothing over his grace-filled plans so that we can see finished up ahead, not rubble at our feet.
we push and pull to curbside what we know is not knowing truth. …
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I think this is excellent. One does not have to be in a church ministry for this to apply. After all, aren’t we all called to minister to each other?
J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian
Currently, I am a Bible Study teacher for high schoolers and also one of the praise leaders for the college ministry in my church. I am in a habitual sin [porn addiction]. Should I step down as a leader until I am not struggling with this anymore?
If you would’ve asked me this a few years ago, I would’ve definitely told you to turn in your badge and hand over your Bible.
These days, I don’t make so many blanket-statements and I’m trying to see things on a case-by-case scenario. I don’t say this so you can do what you want, but I’ve seen plenty of flawed leaders serve through their issues just fine, so long as they’re taking steps to repent and overcome. They didn’t just confess and stay complacent — they confessed and made forward progress.
However, you must tell this to your pastor and…
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I have never been much for believing in coincidences.
The Bible says that God directs our steps and knows just how many hairs are on our heads, so it is hard for me to imagine Him leaving things to chance.
My son, Jonathan, entered a drawing for a professional photo shoot a couple of years ago and won. Funny thing, Jonathan was always entering contests and seemed to have a knack for winning. He won a beautiful flat big-screen TV from a drawing also before that.
The photo shoot was taken in Spring of 2011.
Just months later, on September 24, 2011, Jonathan was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 27. Continue reading
A picture began circulating in November. It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, “Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the U.S. paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifica and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb. Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb. Continue reading
When my kids were little I took on the huge responsibility of homeschooling all three on the heels of our move across the country from San Diego, California; to the northwest.
My kids had gone to a small private school for the first couple of grades. Jonathan, my youngest, had just finished kindergarten.
He did okay in school except for the teacher’s frequent complaints. Jonathan, she said, was a very “intense” child.
“Jonathan is not a rude or undisciplined child,” his teacher said,” but he has a difficult time keeping quiet during class, sitting still, not speaking out of turn, and he often corrects the other children on the playground when they aren’t following rules.”
As his parents, we didn’t know what we could do about our son’s “intensity.” Continue reading
Yeah, Why Is That?
Had to share this one because it is funny and oh, so true!
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By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.
THIS IS THE WAY WE WASH OUR CLOTHES
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. Continue reading