• Christian Living,  God,  Love,  Old Testament,  Worship

    Living in Fog

    Do you know what happens when we talk about God? Often we are reminded of good things and recollect times he met us. Sometimes we confess our anger and frustration. But something else happens, too. We tend to believe that we can have conversations outside his atmosphere. We believe that he is not a part of every interaction, every thought. In a wonderful 3-part series called “End of Religion,” (you can buy his book of the same name here) Bruxy Cavey talks about the first sin… Eve in the garden with the serpent, discussing what God really said as though God was not present. Bruxy puts forth the idea that…

  • Beauty,  Christian Living,  God,  Legalism,  Love,  Old Testament,  Worship

    Into The Grey

    I resisted this for so long, the slide into what I always assumed was a non-decisive limbo. A place for the cowardly to hide from conviction. But then my convictions led me here to the in-between spaces… And now I find myself resisting black and whites, resting in the grey. Because Jesus boiled everything down to the impossibly simple, terribly difficult LOVE. Love God. Love people. And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the…

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    Remember This

    Remember this. Remember when you couldn’t speak because the God of the Universe was holding you. When it hit you like a train that He loves you. When your prayers were answered in a conversation that started out annoying. When you lost your ground and couldn’t deny that a God who steps into time and space to reconcile an injustice done to HIM is the God who loves His creation like a Daddy. For we can call Him Abba, Father. Remember how amazing that was to you. How the thought left your cheeks stained in salt. How a Daddy loves without failing, how He is quick to forgive and has…

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    Heartburn

    They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” {Luke 24:32} For a while now I’ve been really struggling with my idea of God. I have a tendency toward legalism and knowing that is not a solution. I have been taught that God is very angry and that His anger must be appeased. He’s the punisher and Jesus, I was taught, the redeemer. This lesson was delivered in various forms throughout my life, but I’m not sure exactly why it is so engrained. Regardless, I default to an image of a wrathful…

  • Christian Living,  Jesus Christ,  Kingdom,  Love,  Old Testament

    Pitching my Tent

    I am still wrestling. Please, someone, if you have some cure for this in a bottle give me a prescription! I know that God has forgiven me of all my sin. And that because of this I have no right to hold anything against anyone. Not my friends. Not my family. Not the jerk guy who cut me off. And certainly not my own husband. I know that my life is bought and doesn’t belong to me. I get it. But not really.

  • Christian Living,  God,  Love,  Old Testament

    Kindness and Severity

    The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our…

  • Christian Living,  Legalism,  Love,  Old Testament

    Lawless One

    “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.” (Galatians 6:14-16) I struggle with rules. A lot. Not as a stubborn independent asserting her individuality, but as a stubborn follower. I do not necessarily enjoy having strict guidelines, but I thrive on them. I am the kind of person who will spend useful energy stressing…