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Blessed Are The Meek

Merriam-Webster defines ‘meek’ in a few ways including ‘deficient in spirit or courage’ and ‘not violent or strong.’ Even in the face of such definitions, the pop evangelists rush to tell us that meekness does not equate to weakness when looking at Scripture. But what if it does? 

And, what if that’s actually a comfort, not a condemnation? Continue reading “Blessed Are The Meek”

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How To Mitigate The Stir-Crazy

Nothing like a global pandemic to put your life on hold. I’m now working from home, my favorite coffee shop is closed, my gym is closed due to government mandate, and large gatherings (including services at my church) are all banned until further notice. 

A perfect recipe for stir-craziness.  Continue reading “How To Mitigate The Stir-Crazy”

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Trying To Prioritize Health? Leverage Your Phone

These days, we use our phones to do pretty much everything but actually call people. We can order groceries that are delivered straight to our doors, invest in the stock market, and see people who are across the world. So why wouldn’t we leverage our phones when we’re trying to prioritize our health?  Continue reading “Trying To Prioritize Health? Leverage Your Phone”

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Theology As Taught Through Dachshund Injuries

I don’t write about him often, but last summer I adopted a stray, senior mini dachshund. The little guy lights up my life. 

Unfortunately, dachshunds are extremely susceptible to back injuries, and Watson is not an exception. A couple of weeks ago the inevitable took place and the days since have been filled with crate rest, pain killers, and a little dog frustrated at not being able to run around like he wants. 

And, because I think God delights in teaching me lessons through animals (over and over and over again), He’s taught me through this. 

I’ve caught myself telling Watson, “It’s for your own good,” over and over and over again. It’s for your own good. It’s for YOUR own GOOD. 

He hates the crate rest, but it’ll help him heal. 

He hates being carried around and kept from running, but it’ll also help him heal. 

He hates being on a diet, but it’ll help him lose more weight so his back isn’t under as much stress. 

And, I feel like the way Watson reacts to my care for him is exactly how I react to God’s care for me. 

I kick and scream about the discipline and the stretching and the growth, and God just reminds me He’s working for my good. I can look back over my shoulder and see the good, but the good certainly doesn’t FEEL that way in the moment. 

Hebrews 12 speaks to this: 

 

“‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.’ It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? …For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (vs. 5-7, 11)”

 

Everything I do is for Watson’s good. I never do anything to purposefully make him sad or to harm him. If I, a mere human being caring for a little animal, can so carefully work for his good, how much more our heavenly Father, the Creator of all things? He works on our behalf, even when it doesn’t feel like good.

You're not going to thrive all the time - that's okay.

It’s OK To Survive When You Can’t Thrive

A few years ago, I got the word ‘thrive’ inked inside my wrist. Maybe a dumb idea at the moment, but it has served as a reminder that God didn’t put me on this earth just to simply survive, but to thrive. Continue reading “It’s OK To Survive When You Can’t Thrive”