Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Missed Milestones

Earlier this week, Single Roots’ Ben Morgan blogged about feeling like he’s missed milestones on the road to adulthood.

I missed many of the milestones that I was supposed to reach in my life. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 18. I graduated college at 23, not 21. I’ve had more job interviews in my career field than I have had dates—one. My best efforts to begin a romantic relationship continue to be halted at the same age my sister and her husband had their first child.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

A Love Story

When I was a little girl, I asked God to write my love story. Instead, He has written me into something much greater.

Once upon a time, I dreamed that God would write my love story. I imagined the white dress and the blue flowers. I pictured my little sisters, arrayed in yellow as bridesmaids. My mind's eye strained for a glimpse of the groom's face, but all in vain — I hadn't met him yet.

I thought marriage would bring me fulfillment, and so I prayed for a husband while I waited for my life to start. Thankfully, God met me in my ignorance and showed me how wrong I was. He has better plans for me than writing mylove story.

It is only when God writes our love story — the story of Christ and His church — that we begin to live as we were created to.

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Attaining Unto The Presence of God

From my reading this morning of Brother Lawrence's The Practice of the Presence of God with Spiritual Maxims:

Of Means For Attaining Unto The Presence of God
1. The first is a great purity of life; in guarding ourselves with care lest we should do or say or think on anything, which might be displeasing to God; and, when any such thing happens, in taking heed to repent thereof, humbly begging His forgiveness.
2. The second is a great faithfulness in the practice of His Presence, and in keeping the soul's gaze fixed on God in faith, calmly, humbly, lovingly, without allowing an entrance to anxious cares and disquietude.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Gender-Lite New Testament

This morning, Scot McKnight blogged about this post by Patrick Mitchel. Intrigued, I had to read the full post. Check out the beginning for yourself:

I have a confession.
I don’t really ‘get’ Christian single sex get togethers – whether Women’s Conferences (admittedly have only been to these in drag) or Men’s Conferences (been to some, never really enjoyed them) or to a lesser degree, men’s or women’s ministry meetings of various sorts.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

This autumn, I stumbled across a recipe for a crock pot pumpkin spice latte on Pinterest. Naturally, I just had to try it. It was tasty, but I found the latte to be a bit over-spiced. After reading through some other recipes, and I tried a version of the Crockin' Pumpkin Spice Latte. This one is a keeper, sure to warm up many a chilly fall day in years to come. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Women: The Nicer Sex?

I recently came across a Christianity Today article by Halee Gray Scott, titled “Christian Catfights: Why Women Leaders Don’t Support Each Other.” Scott’s main focus is women in leadership, but the trends she describes seem to affect women as a group.

Monica Holmes had the prettiest hair of any girl in the fifth grade. Her chestnut locks flowed effortlessly down her back, while my delicate, thin hair broke off around my shoulders. Even so, I didn’t envy her hair; I begrudged her braggadocio. No matter the context—recess, lunch, or a bathroom break—Monica couldn’t say enough about her hair to anyone who would listen. “I just love my dark-brown, beautiful hair. Don’t you too?”
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