Thursday, October 30, 2014
Weary in Well-doing
I would have gone; God bade me stay:
I would have worked; God bade me rest.
He broke my will from day to day,
He read my yearnings unexpressed,
And said them nay.
Now I would stay; God bids me go:
Now I would rest; God bids me work.
He breaks my heart tossed to and fro,
My soul is wrung with doubts that lurk
And vex it so.
I go, Lord, where Thou sendest me;
Day after day I plod and moil:
But, Christ my God, when will it be
That I may let alone my toil
And rest with Thee?
There is grace in the wilderness. Even though we may feel like the waves just keep coming and we can't fight the undertow anymore, there is grace.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
According to the Bible, we are created in God's image. This means that we are born as rational and creative beings with capacity to find and apply truth. This should be a source of immense encouragement to us. However, Scripture and reality both teach that our minds are also finite and tainted by the effects of sin, giving us good reason to approach both out own reasoning and the knowledge of others with a healthy degree of skepticism."
Friday, March 14, 2014
"Are my choices comforting and nourishing my spirit, or are they temporary retrieves from vulnerability and difficult emotions ultimately diminishing my spirit? Are my choices leading to my Wholeheartedness, or do they leave me feeling empty and searching?"
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
Saturday, February 22, 2014
"[R]eading Thomas Aquinas (1224-74) on the virtue of courage, I happened across a vice which he called pusillanimity, which means 'smallness of soul.' Those afflicted by this vice, wrote Aquinas, shrink back from all that God has called them to be. When faced with the effort and difficulty of stretching themselves to the great things of which they are capable, the cringe and say, 'I can't.' In short the pusillanimous reply on their own puny powers and focus on their own potential for failure, rather than counting on God's grace to equip them for great work in his kingdom--work beyond anything they might have dreamed of for themselves."
Rebecca Kronyndyk DeYoung, Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins
Another example of the need for Christians to dare greatly through the power of the grace of Christ.