Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Well, for whatever reason, they invited me for an interview this Thursday, October 1. I really want to take advantage of this opportunity and talk about issues women are facing, since they didn't like my idea of interviewing her. So here's your shot to ask anything! I'm hoping to answer some of these questions and get Cheryl's insight and seasoned wisdom on how to be a woman of God in the 21st century. You can ask anonymously or link out to your blog, but all I ask is what city/state you are from.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
There are certain words in the American vocabulary that really can’t be defined in one standard sentence. Hope is one such word. It’s almost like gathering a bunch of people to survey the Grand Canyon and expecting them to describe it the exact same way. It just doesn’t work.
Hope manifests itself differently in the lives of each and every person who believes that one day things will change… things will be different… things will be better.
*To read the rest of this blog, click on (in)courage and join the crew of writers who are discussing hope. The comments have been turned off so you can join the dialogue there! Speak up and be heard on what hope means to you :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009
My battle with gluttony has been a daily war since about the age of 10. I fell in love with the intoxicating feeling and euphoria food provided. Something triggered fairy-like endorphins that magically took away any feelings that I had. Fear, stress, loneliness, and insecurities disappeared in heaps of hot food.
Food was my frienemy!
What makes this sin difficult to talk about is gluttony is different from other sins because like air, we need food. However, we justify our actions because it’s a necessity [insert loophole here]. By doing so we justify this sin and lessen the weight of it because it’s not a “bigger” sins. But sin is sin. Period.
The problem is that a simple definition of gluttony will fall short because it doesn’t address the heart of overeating. What does God say about this? Paul the Apostle, in tears, warned that many are living like enemies of the cross of Christ whose destiny is destruction and god is there stomach (Phil. 3:18-19). But the problem is that there is a legalism in dieting. Controlled eating = righteous. But it couldn’t be more wrong! The issue is at the heart. For me personally, I couldn’t control my actions. Telling me to stop eating was like telling a paraplegic to stand up and walk. It was impossible.
No one understands the emotional turmoil, guilt, embarrassment, and defeat that you feel when you try on clothes, step on a scale, or see people look at you and stare. I couldn’t understand why God wouldn’t help me?! I mean, this was my health and I was asking him to help me! Literally, I was crying out to Him for help.
But I was asking for the wrong thing. I wanted Him to change my body, but not change my heart.
If you think you can handle this sin, it’s putting you at odds against Jesus Christ and what He did for you at the cross. It’s time to grieve and mourn our sin, but not live in condemnation of feeling hopeless, helpless, and worthless. Conviction is good, but condemnation is bad (Romans 8:1).
Here is a snippet that Denny from Bridgeport Productions put together out of his own time and dime. Thanks, DB!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Something just happens. You can't explain it because it's beyond you. It's like a snap of a button, a switch of a light, a blink of an eye, and suddenly everything makes sense. It's like seeing your child emerge from the womb; you know that nothing can stop you from loving it. It's like seeing your spouse on your wedding day for the very first time; nothing looks more beautiful. Or like standing in the batter's box after hitting a grand slam with bases loaded; nothing feels more perfect. For me in this season in my life, something has happened and I can't explain it because it's beyond me.
I'm living out loud what I believe and not giving a rip! And it makes sense.
It's not like I coward behind the religious beliefs of my parents or lived as a camouflaged-Christian, but there was something silent about my faith because of fear. I feared I would be ostracized, I feared I would be marginalized, I feared I would look like I belonged on some weird Christian television show with people who looked more like a circus act than followers of Christ. So I remained silent about my faith or gave mousy replies when asked about particular subjects.
But in growing up I’ve learned that I don’t have to carry a 40-pound cross, tote a 10-pound bible, or hold up signs claiming that I love Jesus. I am simply a working girl, who stands for justice and righteousness, teaches the bible when possible, and is quite normal. I’m not a hyper-fundamentalist who is afraid of media, music, and movies. No sir, I embrace this culture [with caution] because I’m in this world but not of this world (Col. 2:8), trying to make it better by sharing Truth, Hope, and Love any way possible. I will use a homing pigeon, smoke signals, a blog, twitter, facebook, or whatever means possible to dispense redemption and Truth.
So, I’ve decided to create a facebook page for In The Name Of Love and will be posting updates and discussions as I think it may be easier to dialogue with other followers. Topic du jour: mass communication J
Preach the gospel always. And when necessary use words. Francis of Assisi