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I'm ok, you're ok...


So, I’ve been thinking this afternoon about how much there is learn. Not just about ourselves, others, and God (oops, wrong order!) but about how we learn. And better yet, when did we get to the point where we felt that all we could learn could only come from others just like us? What do we really expect that to teach us?

Roll with me, here.

When you’re a certain age, you want friends the same age. If you’re at the tying your shoes stage and learning your home phone number, you want others right there with you. Classes are organized by age and you are taught certain things that are academically appropriate for that level. And then you progress. And your friends progress with you. You feel validated and, for the most part, on the same level.

When you’re a teenager, you want teenage friends. When you’re in college, you want the activities and fun that your fellow students want and are looking for. When you’re single, you want single friends (because married friends don’t get…

We'll never make it and we don't need to...

Do you ever find yourself just driving along and suddenly, God speaks?

That happened to me this morning. I was praying and working through some things in my head while listening to some (I hoped) uplifting music. I don’t know if you would call it a spiritual battle or just an old habit of believing the wrong thing – but whatever it was had my head in knots. I found myself speaking aloud and said, “God, I have just been trying to be quiet!” And in an instant, I sensed His response before I had barely gotten the words past my lips,

“When did I tell you that’s what I wanted?”

If I could have stopped my car in the middle of the highway, I would have. I was that stunned. I kind of gaped open mouthed out the window and punched my radio off. What? Seriously? All this time I felt like that’s what He wanted – for me to just keep quiet, keep it in and just deal with it already. But as it turns out – I was wrong. I wasn’t helping anyone, least of all myself, by keeping it stuffed inside…

She's Too Big, Now She's Too Thin...

I've had some thoughts rolling around in my brain like marbles for awhile now. And all the noise up there is making me crazy over here, so I figured it was time to just take a few and get it all out. For starters, I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning with a Britney Spears song making rounds through my head. Unfortunately I only know a little of the chorus from memory, which means I heard the same few snatches over and over and over...

Please tell me I'm not the only one who is somehow entranced by the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Sometimes I intentionally choose the longest line at Walmart I can find to wait in, so that I will have plenty of time to flip through People and see how many kids Brad and Angelina have now or which celeb-mom just dropped all her baby weight faster than anyone in the history of man. I'm a sucker. I'll admit it.

My thoughts concerning our obsessive and oftentimes cruel treatment of celebrities came to a head a few weeks ago when Jessica …

Why the blazes...

If you haven't heard the song that inspired the title of this blog, then you're missing out. We all know Steven Curtis Chapman rocks. Come on, you know he does. I remember listening to this song on a cassette tape (for the younger folks reading this post, Google it.) in our car while driving to vacations and over the hill and through the woods to Grandma's house.

I've always loved this song - something about it grabbed my heart and took off down the road with it when I was probably too young to really understand what all the song was really saying. As I got older and hopefully wiser, it continued to pull at my heartstrings... and in the past year or so as my life path has led me through many changes I didn't anticipate, the lyrics hit home even more. You've gotta add this to your iTunes list!

In the spring of 1519 a Spanish fleet set sail
Cortez told his sailors, “This mission must not fail!”
On the eastern shore of Mexico they landed with great dreams
But the …

You shall not...

I love it when sermons come back to haunt me.

At our church we have been going through a sermon series on the Ten Commandments. Last week was #9 which is what, class? That's right - no lying! (Exodus 20:16) Pastor Dan outlined five different types of lies:

The cruel lie ~ its basis being jealousy, its goal to hurt or slander others.
The cowardly lie ~ when we lie out of fear; to avoid confrontation/escape consequences
The conceited lie ~ a lie to impress others, to stretch the truth
The calculated lie ~ the core being selfishness; manipulative in nature
The convenient lie ~ when we lie because it's easy and we're lazy

Most of those I have always been aware of - either from my own sin or another's against me. But the last one - the convenient lie, was one that I hadn't ever given much thought to. Was it really a lie to say "nothing" when everything was wrong? I never considered that a lie before - but the more I think about it - the more it is. It's a…

Oh, He's Good...

God kills me.

The ways He goes about things sometimes just shocks me with the hilarity of it all. My sweet friend, Jamie had requested a "real" post (apparently what I previously posted doesn't count!) and I was sitting here thinking, wondering, was there anything for me to really write about?! I've felt kind of sick all day - should I write about that? I don't even want to write it - who wants to read it?!

Then I started pondering a devotional I got in my inbox this morning from Truth for Life about how we shouldn't be sleepy Christians. How we need to be talking of God's goodness and faithfulness to one another. I mean, wouldn't it help as you walked along the narrow way if you talked about the narrow way and the reasons + benefits of it all? So, I briefly considered elaborating on the devotional and then I went to see what the Bible verse of the day was over at and guess what it was?
"These commandments that I give you today are…

Backstreet's Back, Alright!

This is my new blog.

Now that I'm all grown up and married, I decided it was time to graduate to a public blog. I used to have one and then something got me all skittish and I backed away and began privatizing my writings. But now I'm back.

Lucky you. :)

P.S. - Yes, I used to listen to the Backstreet Boys. Don't lie. You did, too!

SONG I LOVE TODAY: Iris, The Goo Goo Dolls