When the Scars Don’t Go Away—Beauty in Ashes

One of the words I have come to treasure over the years is the word Beauty. I treasure it because the concept has come alive to me and God has taught me much about the Source of beauty and what beauty actually is. In another post I wrote about where our standard of beauty should be found and how my pursuit of beauty had changed as a result.  It makes a good intro to this post which focuses more on dispelling the lie that broken is not beautiful. Continue reading


Speaking in Psalms

Ephesians 5:19 tells believers to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” I never really thought about applying this (after all what did it mean) until I spoke on the phone with one of my friends.
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Indulging Laziness-Discipline Part 1

I read an article (see the link below) just a few minutes ago and it really convicted me. I have never had good self-discipline in much of anything, not school, not my quiet time, not eating, not exercising, not cleaning…the list goes on. This is something I’ve been convicted about before, but have never really dealt with. One of the goals I set for this semester was to submit my lack of discipline to the Lord and through His power, develop this fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Call it what you will, laziness, procrastination, etc., it’s a sin (more on that in a later post) and it needs to be gone from my life (or rather, discipline needs to be in my life). I have studied the importance of discipline and tried to be honest about how badly I lacked it, so I know some of what the Bible says about discipline, but this article captures a perspective that I have never been exposed to before. It’s a perspective I find very convicting and motivating, and I hope you read it and find it encouraging or convicting as needed 🙂