January 2018 Posts

Why Did Paul Write So Many Letters?

Why Did Paul Write So Many Letters?


January 4, 2018

There are many things I don’t understand about my church family ... like the reason behind some of the things that they do. In my mind some of the things defy ... logic. I am in a constant state of angst between what I think is the logical aka right way and the rules that are sometimes followed by members of my congregation.

Oh, don’t get me wrong we agree on the big things like thou shall not steal and the fact that Jesus is the son of God. But maybe I don’t agree with the rule that says we can’t take home the Sabbath School register to complete it at home because that’s considered removing church property... Read more...

Three Tips for Dealing With Overwhelm

Three Tips for Dealing With Overwhelm

For the past several months I’ve been struggling with overwhelm – that feeling that you’ve taken on too much and you’re on the verge of crashing. I’ve learnt that overwhelm is a state of mind. I know this because even when I decided to stop doing everything that was not absolutely necessary, there was still that feeling of “doing too much”.

Today, I want to share three lessons on dealing with overwhelm from the book of Ruth.

Have at least one good friend that will be your source of comfort. The book starts out with Ruth telling Naomi that she will not leave her (Ruth 1:16-17). The bond between these two women is clear. I imagine that they had shared many late night conversations and early morning prayers. Women need other women. Read more...

What If God Was Our Guidance Counselor?

What If God Was Our Guidance Counselor?

January 23, 2018

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8

When I was in high school, one of the things I longed for most was a guidance counselor who actually did all the things that I thought they should do. I wanted a guidance counselor, who could give me good career advice.

I wanted someone to show me how the subjects I was choosing today would affect my tomorrow. But most of all I wanted someone to assure me that my choices were good ones and were leading me in the correct direction. 

My fantasy guidance counselor would have a heart for each student and would be genuinely concerned about the unanswered questions that we had at that age. Read more...