Counseling Others

In the last several years, I have grown very skeptical of my own ability to give out sound counsel.  For the most part I have refrained from doing so, and rather have attempted to introduce them to the wisdom and love of Jesus.  Its like a triangle– Jesus, them, and myself occupying each corner.  All I doContinue reading “Counseling Others”

Surprise! Everything is Broken

I’m really sad today.  There are just too much hurts, too many casualties, too many victims.  Job’s own reflection was that “man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward” [not really sure I know what the last part means, but the first part is perfectly clear]. We are all citizens of this fallen world. Continue reading “Surprise! Everything is Broken”

On Being Loved More Gently [Disability]

Some struggle with mental or physical illness.  Some people don’t understand me and they walk away.  This really hurts, and so I isolate ourselves even more.  We might feel not only forsaken, but cursed. We may see ourselves as accomplished losers. But these things shouldn’t separate us from our Father’s love.  I think He loves “his specialContinue reading “On Being Loved More Gently [Disability]”

Sandblasted Saints

“Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness     and rivers in the desert.”   Isaiah 43:19 There is nothing that will increase your strength and your character like the wilderness does. It is God’s gym; he worksContinue reading “Sandblasted Saints”