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Post-Evangelicalism and “A New (Same) Kind (Type) of Christianity”
Well, I guess since you clicked on this, you must have read the title. Welcome. I appreciate you taking the few minutes of your day to peruse yet another blog. Much thanks. With any good introduction comes the awkward part of the relationship. You don’t know what to ask, you don’t know the past, and you don’t want to look like an ass. Well, very much understood. I’ll start off with saying some things about myself and hope that my quirks and beliefs don’t shipwreck our already tumultuous relationship. Hmmmm. I will confess that I am nervous. But here it...
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Leaving Our Mark on Eternity
I often wonder about the story of Elijah, the widow and her son in 1 Kings 17. God commanded Elijah to travel to the house of a widow and when he arrived, she had only enough food for one meal. She and her son were starving. In fact, she told Elijah, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we...
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Lent: then and now
Lent is here. It’s the time of penance and giving up something we like. “The traditional purpose of Lent is the penitential preparation of the believer—through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Passion of Christ on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of penitence.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lent...
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Linear: Never Was, Never Will Be
Even before I became a Christian I had crazy idea embedded inside of me that life was supposed to be pretty clear and easy if you did certain things.  Maybe it was growing up with a single mom who struggled and scraped and believing that “if I got a college education, it wouldn’t be like that” or “If you don’t rock the boat, you can keep everyone happy.” The message of “Do this that and you can get this or that” was engrained in me from early on, and this was long before I became a Christ-follower.  I sort of...
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Little Reminders
This is an image that I shot just after the new year of the time just following sunset over Lake Pend Oreille in the Idaho Panhandle.  To explain why I chose this time, I will tell you that while I am a huge fan of the golden hour and have been known to take a sunset shot or two occasionally,  my real love is that time after the sun has set over the horizon. That’s when the magic really happens. As I look upon this particular sunset, I am reminded that another year has come to pass and now the...
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Anti Anti-Aging
Today is my fifty-seventh birthday.  My hair is polished silver.  Though I am no longer sleek, I’m sexy and adore my Victoria’s Secret lingerie. I’m not an intellectual, but intelligent and love conversations that engage my brain.  My greatest lessons have been learned from experience, and I’ve earned my wisdom the hard way.  Last year, my first book was published, and I am living my life’s dream at last as a passionate, full-time author.  And my culture considers me insignificant because I’m no longer twenty or thirty-something, nor on the brink of disaster as forty-something.  What the hell do they...
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The Deception in Perception
God decided He was tired of humanity, tired of the incessant selfish requests. He called His angels in for advice. “I would like to go somewhere were these humans will not find me.” One angel spoke up, “Hide on the highest mountain, they will not find you there.” Another angel said, “The bottom of the deepest ocean.” One angel shouted, “The dark side of the moon, they cannot see you there.” God not satisfied that these suggestions would hide Him, He summoned His wisest angel and asked him, “Where can I hide so that these humans will not find me?”...
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What Is Intentional Living?
Intentional Living seems to be the new buzz phrase right now. I have a tendency to dismiss stuff such as this because I don’t really like “church speak”. Church speak could be a whole other post. But suffice it to say that I was not raised in church and there has certainly been a learning curve when it comes to figuring out what some people are actually saying. I am lucky to go to a church that doesn’t use it too much and really caters to the “un-churched.” But I digress. Back to Intentional Living. I have really been thinking...
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Do You Have Soul Wounds?
It is a beautiful thought, my children, that we have a sacrament that heals the wounds of our souls! –  Saint John Vianney Do you have soul wounds? For me this depends on day-to-day realities.  It is a discipline (see below: Nouwen on discipline) not to allow things like bitterness, anger, envy, or conceit to enter in, quickly overtaking what I know to be true and beautiful.  A harsh or rude word is spoken or written.  I resent another’s success. Or my day-to-day life practices add up to selfish spending  or no time for others, which bring an inability to be generous with either....
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Breaking the Bonds of Shame
Earlier this year, I divulged to my husband, and a few people in my life, that I’m absolutely terrified of delving deep into the writing of my first book;  one that involves much digging deep within me. Putting the images in black and white for so many to see in their own minds and hearts for themselves learning about the emotional turmoil I experienced growing up, and the healing I’ve been experiencing this past year through addressing this turmoil. It’s not easy to dig deep and expose all of my heart. Blogging sure offers a great avenue for keeping my...
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