So You Had a Bad Day

Comfort & Challenge

baddayToday’s readings (click below to open in new tab/window):
Psalms 62; 145, Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Galatians 4:12-20, Matthew 15:21-28

This quote from Marilyn Monroe is all over social media: “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” It’s frequently used out of context when someone wants to deflect criticism of  their own bad behavior. We don’t like someone telling us our behavior is bad, or even unhealthy. We might think other people need to hear criticism (again, reference social media for scathing comments about the scandal du jour) but when it’s leveled against us we call it “judging.” Since Jesus told us “judge not” we toss that out as a conversation stopper.

Except we take that out of context too: Jesus didn’t render us incapable of moral evaluation, but reminded us to be merciful to others because we want God to be merciful to us. We are…

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Hugging with Words

Nuggets of Gold

I have talked about friendship on here before many times, but its something that I believe can be talked about often, for it means so much! It is a priceless gift. I am reminded of a quote that talks about being glad that my friends don’t come with a price tag, for I would never be able to afford them! That is so very true. My friends and family mean the world to me!

One time I was looking for a short but meaningful video to send to some dear friends as just a way of saying, “Thanks for being my friend!”  They had uplifted my spirits once again and I wanted them to know it was appreciated. Sometimes I think we can get so used to what our family and friends do for us that we may not say “Thank you” as much as we should.

Are you looking…

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Pastor Bob Mink

I don’t know when I have been more impacted by a book than I have been by Jack Deere’s memoir Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life. After the opening chapters, which are very short, it was difficult to put it down. I know reading his personal story touched me in a variety of ways, but I’m not sure how to describe my feelings. I’m surprised, sad, challenged, affirmed, convicted, and encouraged all at the same time.

I knew of John Deere through news stories and his books (that’s why I bought the book), but I had no idea of the ups and downs he has experienced. He calls this first book of his in almost 20 years “the unsanitized version of me becoming a friend of God.” That description compliments the book’s sub-title “A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life.”

What I…

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A Man of Many Sorrows

See, there's this thing called biology...

I’m lifting a lot of people up in prayer right now, people dealing with grief and sadness, heartbreak,  health problems, those painful things in life that are just so unfair. Jesus is sometimes called a Man of Many Sorrows, because He knows, He’s walked in our shoes, and He suffered greatly Himself. Pain is one of life’s constant companions. Jesus wept and He grieves with us.

I like the passion expressed by people in the bible, covering themselves with sack cloths and ashes, lamenting, feeling the feelings of life. Hard to remember in the moment, but pain is a sign of life and our grief serves a vital purpose. Somebody smart once said, “the fastest way through the pain is right down the middle of it.” I think that idea  gets lost in the Western world sometimes. We have a lot of pills, a lot of ways of trying to…

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Right Relations / Thoughts on friendships

Jesus is referred to as the friend who sticks closer to you than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) As I have been looking at which relationships to write about, friendships keep jumping to the top of the list. I was planning to write more on the parent child relationship, but this project is not about me me or what I plan to write. It is about drawing closer to God, learning from the relationships we have and those found in scripture. His Word and our testimony.

I have had many friends come and go in my life, and others who are life long friends. The friendship that matters most is the one with Jesus. The friend who laid down His life to save mine.

One friendship found in the Bible is the one between David and Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:1. Question;

What friendship in the Bible speaks to you?

Do you have a friendship testimony that you would like to share?

I will be taking some time from writing to look deeper into friendships and their influence on our relationship with Christ. I look forward to which friendships have special meaning to you.

God bless.

Friday Flashback

Captive Dreams Window

This is a repeat (of a repeat). However, after Kate Spade died, plus a few other deaths this year from suicide, or possible suicide, I feel prompted to post it again.

This post was a very difficult and painful one to write. I wrote it three days after Robin Williams died.

It is one of the most open, honest posts I’ve ever written. If by sharing my experience, I help someone else, it will have been worth it.

Thursday’s Thoughts

I haven’t had access to the internet for several days now, and though I had heard about Robin Williams’ death, I had not read or seen any reports. I know there have been countless stories, blogs and remembrances…

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Witnessing To The Lost

Overcoming The Times

Luke 14:23
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

All of us may not be called to share the Gospel from a pulpit, however we all have a God ordained assignment to utilize our gifts and talents, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to witness to those who are unsaved.

I believe the fear of being rejected is the biggest stumblingblock which prevents most believers from witnessing to the lost. What we must keep in…

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