Pray Without Ceasing

Happy Thanksgiving! I thought today would be an appropriate day for a post since my tagline is: Be thankful. Give thanks. Live thankfully. This is my absolute favorite holiday of the year and always serves as an excellent reminder that I have immeasurable blessing in my life. Today is a day that is to be marked by giving thanks to God, and one way in which we are to do that is through prayer.

On my about page you will find Scripture that is near and dear to my heart:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

I think many of us could give sound advice on how one might be able to “rejoice always” or to “give thanks in all circumstances,” but to “pray without ceasing,” may seem a little outside one’s capability. Continue reading

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Did you miss me?!? Well, I didn’t die…

Hello faithful followers,

I have neglected you. After July 26, 2014, I just vanished.  If you follow me on any other social media sites, you probably have somewhat of an idea about what my life has been like the past three months.  It has been this incredible blur of doctors, hospitals, dietary changes, therapy appointments, new medications, excrement and emesis, and a taste of normalcy thrown in here and there.  I took a quick look at my calendar and, literally, the day following my last post is when the ‘S’ hit the fan. If you could see my calendar, you might actually cry. But the good news is: we survived! Continue reading

Satanism: The only religion that accepts everyone

Now that I have your attention and have alienated more than half of my readership…

I was watching Tosh.0 the other day (yes, I am aware this is not wholesome television, to say the very least, but I am going somewhere with this), and the host, Daniel Tosh, did a bit with this “metal club” (as in music, not building material) from a high school.  He asked the students if they were Satanists (the predominant view being that all metalheads are Satan worshippers).  One member said they were and he asked why, to which she replied, “because it’s the only religion that accepts everybody.” Daniel then threw out that Christianity does that and she fired back, “except gay people.” Continue reading

Learning the Hard Way

Today I find myself in the midst of a personal conflict.  I am not going to share what or who the conflict involves,  but I would like to share what I have learned.  Well, of what I am reminded.  This conflict has been on my mind and although I was hurt, I know that I could have avoided the hurt in a number of different ways.  Conflict takes at least two so all the blame cannot be placed on someone else.  I got to thinking about some Scripture that I had bookmarked in my Bible app and wanted to review it and copy it into a little journal for better access. This was today’s Verse of the Day:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Well, if that don’t beat all.  I am certainly in a period of rebuking and correcting because my actions have not been in-line with the principles that I hold dear.  What I should have kept in mind is:

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Duck Dynasty and 1 Corinthians: A Homily

Christmas is four days away.  We are currently in the Advent season which is, as I am learning, all about the anticipation of what is to come.  In simplest terms, it is about symbolically anticipating the change that Christ is bringing to the world at the time of His birth. In a larger view, Advent is about anticipating the Second Coming of Christ.  Our minister made mention prior to his sermon last Sunday that Advent originates from a Latin term (though it escapes me now) that refers to the Second Coming. I would like to focus for a moment on the anticipation of the change that Christ brought at his birth.  My understanding, with little scholarly study, is that Christ came to lead all humans away from sin so that we might be reconciled to God through his death.  The main idea being that we are all sinners and are unable to enter into God’s presence without being cleansed of those sins.

Christians seem to come in a number of different flavors these days, due to a number of interpretations of Biblical scripture.  I have called myself a Christian at other times of my life, but now don’t feel comfortable doing so because I am still on a path of coming to understand the message of Christ and what being a Christian truly means.  However, there two points from Christ’s message that I clearly understand to be the cornerstone of His ministry: love your neighbor as yourself and leave the judgment of the sins of others to Him and his Father, God. Continue reading

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Borrowed from freedsomfightersblog.com

I just came across an article today that put my hackles up, so to speak.  I am just returning to the Christian faith after about a decade of exploring a Celtic pagan path, and so I likely have less traditional views than many Christians, but I do get upset when people are attacked for how they choose to worship or celebrate. Continue reading

Working Spirituality into Our Family Culture

Borrowed from hpccr.wordpress.com

I am a “religious dabbler.”  This fact about my personality may make me appear to be somewhat wishy-washy in my ideas about faith, spirituality, and the divine, but I think my varied religious path has allowed me to clearly understand my experience of divinity.  I will admit, however, that the jury is still out on certain ideas such as what happens to the soul when we pass.  I digress…

Today, I really feel the need to explore spirituality and my family culture.  I have two posts up on my blog that deal with family spirituality: one about Family Ritual and another about making spirituality a priority in family life.  These two posts can give greater depth to my experience of faith, if you are interested.  Right now, my family is currently searching for a church home to further build our family culture.  To give some background into how we have come to the place we are, I will give a rough out-line of my spiritual life: Continue reading