Tag: Reconciliation

Disciplined Bible Reading

During this time of quarantine, I’ve finally figured out how to incorporate exercise into my daily life. To consistently exercise, I realized structure is necessary for me. Each day, I need a precise schedule to follow on what to do and how to do it – rest days included. Left to my own devices, I…

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Overwhelmed by the Bible?

Reading the Bible can be overwhelming, especially when we use it as a mirror for our lives. There is so much to work on, so much to do, so much not to do, so much forgiveness to ask for, so much forgiveness to give.  But, one thing is for certain. As we love God with…

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Black Lives Matter

The fear, anger and anguish of seeing black man after black man, black woman after black woman, being attacked, murdered and punished unjustly is too heavy for words. It’s difficult to comprehend the senseless violence that continues to take lives. But, when human comprehension fails, God speaks. I have no notion of telling you how…

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Wounds Will Heal

In my house, I identify myself as an efficient, supersonic dishwasher. But, with this speed comes little nicks and dings on my fingers from various cooking utensils. One of my most memorable gashes came in the form of a vegetable peeler. As I washed it rapidly (too rapidly), I peeled off part of my thumb.…

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Walking Purposefully

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed writing – journal entries, short stories, poems, etc. For the younger me, it was easy to attach words to the worlds I created in my head because there was no pressure. Now, as I’m working towards a writing career, I’m consistently overthinking and repeatedly riddled…

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Choosing What’s Right

As I watched Freedom Writers (again) this past weekend, parts of the movie struck me differently this time around. In particular, there is a scene where the students successfully raise enough money to bring Miep Gies to speak to their class – the woman who secretly housed Anne Frank and her family during the holocaust.…

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The Greatest Act of Love

What an Easter Sunday! Even though it was celebrated unusually in the midst of social distancing, I hope it was still a beautiful day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection – a fundamental, guiding premise of our beliefs, and the greatest act of love ever committed.  “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the…

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Peace Over Anxiety

If you read this blog often enough, you know I’m anxious about, well, a lot. And now add to this list all the implications that come with a coronavirus pandemic. Because my life is dotted by irrational fears, I must combat these anxieties each day. At first, I try to put the brakes on these…

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Responding to Sin

From Genesis to Revelation, sin* is a constant theme. All throughout, not only do notable Biblical characters find themselves in sticky sinful situations, but they also teach us valuable lessons on the importance of repentance.* Daily, we all will be faced with the evil of sin, but it’s how we respond to this sin that…

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A Fool’s Answer

The fool says in his heart,     “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1 NIV) Recently, a pastor mentioned that the scripture above should actually read: A fool says in his heart, “No, God.”  With this new translation, I was baffled. I’ve always thought fool was reserved for nonbelievers, atheists and agnostics. But, lo and behold, I’ve…

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