Tag: hopeless

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.19.2020

The current sermon series at our church is entitled Going Deeper: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality! The challenge to take care of my own stuff in order to enjoy life and all it brings is ever before me. This week we faced the challenge of hard things. Life is full of hard things. That’s the way Jesus …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.05.2020

A common malady of humankind is living from a false sense of self, not having an identity grounded in truth. Our identity is not our uniqueness. Identity is the foundation on which we build our uniqueness. Jesus said we are loved, chosen, called his friends and appointed for a purpose. Paul, in his letter to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.01.2020

10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!  John 15:10-11 These verses play on repeat in my mind. I am what I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.10.2020

When I read scripture, I remind myself that most of scripture (a few chapters in the Old Testament address nations that oppressed Israel) was written to people who professed to follow God and live in obedience to his commands. The Old Testament is the theological history of the nation of Israel and the promise of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.07.2020

Friday I sent a message to my five most trusted friends that said: “I am not okay. Depression is knocking at the door, standing on the porch waiting for me to invite it in. I spend time with Jesus, I rehearse truth. But this is lonely and I need someone to know. I need to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.11.2020

God’s will. What is God’s will for my life? Should I do this? Or that? Who hasn’t asked those questions before? It seems like handwriting on the wall or, at the very least, an e-mail would be most appreciated at the difficult junctures of life. It is my belief that “God’s will” isn’t as restrictive …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.10.2020

Praying for others can be a heavy task. I mean, we should pray for one another, right? But what if I don’t know what to pray? How can I pray for others whom I don’t see often and I don’t know what is happening in their lives? Paul gives us some great clues! How we …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.07.2020

Perception management. A term originally coined by the US Military, is the process of conveying or denying information to a(n) (foreign) audience to influence emotions, motives and objective reasoning with the goal of influencing perception, resulting in actions favorable to the originator’s objective. In simple words, it is managing information so that others believe what …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.31.2020

The other day, as sometimes happens, my spirit was agitated within me. I could feel myself becoming unsettled over current events even as I carefully monitored what I allowed into my mind. Returning to my sewing, I considered the unrest I experienced and talked to God about it while I stitched. As I sat there, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.22.2020

In my lifetime, I have lived in five houses. The first was my childhood home. My father lived there with his family from the time he was a young boy until he moved to his forever home at the age of 79. After I married in 1985, we bought a small house and lived there …