A Benefit of Depression

Thanking God For Pain by Terry Powell, Even when emotional pain is not the direct result of sin, it pays dividends in the war against sin. When I’m extremely depressed and prone to fits of weeping, my heart is obviously softer than usual. And it’s during such times that the Holy Spirit often convicts meContinue reading “A Benefit of Depression”

Five Barn Burners

  There are some who may not understand the term, but back on the farm in Wisconsin, “barnburning” meant one of two things: 1. A person who burns down a barn, (obviously literal.) 2. Something amazing or noteworthy. To be strong, impressive, or of interest, (metaphorical.) The following verses have made a tremendous influence onContinue reading “Five Barn Burners”

Melancholy in Amber

Edgar Degas, Melancholy/ c. 1874, oil on canvas, Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. The sadness flows from this painting. Degas caught the dark despondency of his model. Her inertia becomes something we can gaze on carefully and at leisure. This is one of my favorite paintings. For me, it captures an essence of what depression “looks” like. TheContinue reading “Melancholy in Amber”

Clinging to God’s Assurance

My favorite of all the apostles is John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Some people give him a bad rap for calling himself that, saying it’s arrogant. I disagree. I don’t believe this title for himself is any indication he thought he was the only one. Rather, I believe it reveals how certain he wasContinue reading “Clinging to God’s Assurance”