What About the Norm? (When Things Go Wrong – Part One)

Then Louise’s mind changed gears. She thought of her parents and little sister. Are they in danger? She teetered on the verge of concern then decided otherwise. They’re the ones who should be worried. Do they even know that someone took me hostage? They should have been there for me. A knot formed at the back of her throat. Tears of hostility burned her eyes. Their God… Just when her heartbeat had begun to slow, it pulsed faster again – this time with anger. Their God should have been there for me.

-Excerpt from Isolated, subject to change in final revisions

Louise is the young protagonist in my novella, Isolated. Though she wouldn’t admit them to others, she has some strong ideas about this God, the God of her parents and sister, the God of the Bible.

She herself doesn’t love Him, serve Him or even believe in Him. But assuming an all-loving God truly did exist, shouldn’t He have protected her from her kidnappers? If an all-powerful God really did oversee the affairs of the world, shouldn’t He have intervened? If this God truly was concerned with justice and capable of executing it, why didn’t He?

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3 Benefits of Vulnerability – A Study on Vulnerability

It’s been more than a month since the last post in my series on vulnerability. In fact, I felt I had to go back and read all four of the previous installments to remember where I had left off and regain my train of thought. In case you want to do the same, or if you’re a new reader wondering what I’m talking about, feel free to check out the following links.

Previously in this series:

  1. Word of the Year – 2017
  2. What is it? – A Study on Vulnerability
  3. Walking in the Light – A Study on Vulnerability
  4. Light of the World – A Study on Vulnerability

The last posts contemplated the hard side of vulnerability – the exposure of sin, the shame of facing condemning truth. This living in the light business is pretty heavy.

But the last thing I want you or me to believe is that following Christ is all about being vulnerable for the sake of suffering as an end, or that we can earn God’s favor by doing so.

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Learning the Hard Way

Well, this is very interesting.

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post to publish today.

I had thought it was a good one, too. This one was without some sort of a structure as most of my other posts are. It was written quite spontaneously, and for that reason, I thought it would be a breath of fresh air to a blog that has the potential to fall into a drowsy routine.

But it’s gone. Here I am, staring at a blank document, wondering what happened to that draft and if there’s some place that I’ve forgotten to look.  I’m also recalling a certain blog post that I read and reblogged during my hiatus: Don’t Forget to Keep Your Sacred by Belle at her blog Seeing Everything Else.

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Music to my Soul

This post is inspired by Allie Taylor’s page.

The names are listed for the sake of giving credit to the artists/bands. I don’t know all about these people and I can’t affirm that I endorse all they stand for.

I do know, though, that the words of their songs have touched my heart in my quiet moments with God.

Holy Uncreated One
Your beauty fills the skies
But the glory of Your majesty
Is the mercy in Your eyes

-Chris Tomlin

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Light of the World – A Study on Vulnerability

This post is part of a series in which I explore the concept of vulnerability and its place in God’s design. Last time, I began to explore the link between darkness, light and vulnerability. I finished the post with a question:

What is this “light”? Can it be defined or described in concrete terms?

In response to that post, Jessica commented about Jesus being the Light of the World.  That’s just how I would have answered my own question.

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Biblical Decision-Making: The Right Advisers

I recently read the account of King David’s desire to build a temple for God. Here I paused to camp out on the Bible passage, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, in light of biblical decision-making. (As per my reflections in a previous post, it seems to me that this account represents a decision-making process.)

The first thing that I felt God impressing on me as I read this passage was that David began with a desire to see God’s Name and Person honored. I shared about this two weeks ago (here).

In this post, I want to share a second truth that I felt God teaching me: In the face of important decisions, we should seek the counsel of godly people.

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