Three Ways to Not Hate Your Husband

This hit me right between the eyes, and I’m grateful.

here + now

I think the churchy side of the camp says I’m supposed to tell you marriage is great. It’s pretty, and passionate, and playful. Your husband is your leader, woman. You must submit, woman. You must dote, woman.

I think the American side of the camp says I’m supposed to tell you marriage is a joke. It’s petty, and pitiful, and perishable. Your husband is a dimwit, woman. You must be stronger, woman. You must laugh at him, woman.

I’ve rolled out my sleeping bag on both sides in my short six years of experience. It’s like you might be able to wiggle your way into a comfortable spot, but when your shoulder goes numb and you try to turn over, you roll onto sharp rocks and twigs and godknowswhatelse and you let out a string of curse words that would make a sailor blush. Not that I would know. (I do…

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I Don’t Have It…Not Truly

Christ’s Example of Humility

humility1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]

who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father

Humility (1)

Double Standards

second comingSo it’s always interesting to me, as I follow politics and pop culture and the like, to see double standards so widely applied.  More interesting, perhaps, is how the inconsistency of a standard goes so often unchallenged.  Something as innocuous as who lip syncs and who does not…a scandal when it’s done on a late night talk show by one singer, but completely defensible when it’s done at the presidential inauguration in 40ish degree temperatures…and by a singer who hosted a party for the sitting president.  Something as huge as blaspheming God with references to the God-like characteristics of our sitting president, who is wholly unlike Christ…a pass because those who make the comparison have the correct politics, and those who see the blasphemy for what it is do not.

We have become a nation, a people, a human race that has elevated our importance over that of God.  We have become so inured to that, that we barely blink an eye when someone utters words so arrogant (that we infuse religion with our morality, not the other way around), or publishes outright blasphemy against God.  It’s all in the name of…what…political correctness?  Diversity?  Self-aggrandizement?  Amorality?  Hubris?

I don’t have the answers to those questions.  But I do know this…that when God is not front and center, everything goes to hell.

Love, give, bless {repeat}

I had a very similar conversation with my husband this afternoon, trying to express the frustration & sadness that has taken hold in me as this Christmas season progresses. I think this hits the nail on the head. God in his providence has, yet again, put in front of my eyes the very thing I needed to read today.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Some questions I think about often:

What does it mean to be a disciple?

What does it mean to put the Gospel into action?

What does it mean to stop making excuses as to why we don’t want to give up our safe comfortable bubbles and actually live like Jesus right now?

Some thoughts from my week:

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