I hope you don’t mind my sharing some deeper questions I’ve been pondering lately. I’ve been enjoying taking a new look at the Bible, and like any learning, leaves me with more questions than answers. This year I have challenged myself to read the Bible looking for the power dynamics in relationships.  Questions such as “who has power” and “why do they have power” have lead into questions such as “what do the people without power think about that?” Bi So this is my big question as I stay aware of power dynamics of what was written….If the Bible is written by men (and inRead More →

I started reading Job this week.  I’ve always loved the Book of Job, the way it speaks honestly about trouble and problems. My heart goes out to Job, who so openly confesses to his friends that their attempts at consolation are pitiful. Because of Job I never use cliches or simple phrases promising life will get better or that this is probably for the best with friends who are struggling with the loss of a child or a difficult pregnancy.  Job taught me it is OK to sit with someone in pain, that I don’t need to speak to be comforting. And Job taught me that andRead More →

Did you notice I had been posting verses and commentaries on the facebook page?  It was just easier to manage with my crazy schedule right now.  I hope to slow down after January, but will still be enrolled in way to many credits so I don’t know when I can jump back here regularly – yet.Read More →

Just as a side note, I did a search for peace and grace on a Bible search engine.  Interesting fact is that in the new testament letters, grace and peace were often the greetings.  As an example, consider this: Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. I’m not really sure how to read this.  Should I read it as if it says “I offer you grace and peace” as if grace and peace are nouns – things? Or should I read it as if grace and peace are the verbs – anRead More →

No sudden improvements in my ability to act with grace.  Learning is a slow process. So time to add another piece to the mix – peace that is. Ephesians 4:2-4 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace?  Really, I don’t feel like I have a bond of peace with…anyone. I was reading this morning and keep wondering about all the times in pregnancy where someone is giving advice or disagreeing with what I consider healthy choices.Read More →

1 Kings 18:37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again. I just wanted to share this with you.  I don’t believe in Christianity that is about doing the right thing.  If all I need in life depends on me doing the right thing then I have no need for God.  Just give me the list of right and wrong and I can do it, at least as good as anyone else can. I believe in a God who is more powerful than me. A God who doesn’t depend onRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I know I have salt.  My conversations are definitely full of truth to the point of being stabbing. My conversation isn’t seasoned with salt, It’s drowned in rock salt. If I made cookies with the wrong proportions, they would come out horribly.  My wrongly proportioned conversations are pretty horrible too. Somehow I need to get the mix better.  Keep some salt, but find a way to get the grace back in the mix. But it cannot be fake.  I don’t do fake.  I don’t do pretendingRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I’ve already admitted to being without grace, so lets continue on with the next part of this verse.  Are my conversations seasoned with salt.  How are we going to define salt? I think about the salt as the part that adds depth. Have you ever had cookies made without the salt?  They taste flat or bland. Salt adds richness of flavor, but does not adjust the texture.  Same with other foods – salt removes the bland and dull. Unsatisfying. I had to stop forRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Yesterday I started with this verse, and said I tend to avoid conversations because people waste my time.  I promised to explain that fuller today. As a student, I have only so much control over my time.  I have classes and assignments that must be done, and clinical hours I must complete. The work adds up, and quickly.  But unlike a traditional student, I have two children and a husband at home.  My family needs my time, so I must protect as much as possibleRead More →

Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. I am still learning about Grace.  About what it means for me personally, and what it means to me as a parent.   Today God brought me to this verse. I’m wondering about this conversation “full of grace and seasoned with salt.”  It sounds like a recipe, but I’m sure it isn’t as easy as a pinch of this and a touch of that to live in my life. It makes me think about my conversations.  Are they full of Grace?  Probably not usuallyRead More →