Every year around this time we find ourselves searching our lives for moments to celebrate and promises to make. New Year’s resolutions and promises take on lives of their own and the gyms fill quickly. This is not a new process for you, or anyone, yet every year we seek to be pleasantly surprised with the newfound energy that will hopefully find us on the way.
As I was sitting in a meeting with my pastor, he made a comment in passing that caught me very off guard. He said, “How do you see your future? What if God has something completely different in mind?” He stated this and moved on, but this comment sent my brain spiraling toward a verse I had read in I Kings 19:21.
“So Elisha left him (Elijah) and went back. He took his yoke … Read More »
There I was, swaddled in a fluffy blanket and nestled tightly between a few throw pillows that seemed to be giving me a group hug. To say I was comfortable would be quite the understatement. As I formed my Sarah-shaped crater in the couch, I lazily scrolled through my Pinterest feed. That’s when something very small and seemingly insignificant shook me out of my cozy comfort zone. It was a quote, which appeared like this:
That’s when I found my New Year’s resolution. I began reflecting on my resolution for 2014, which was “Do more things rather than collect more things,” and I realize it was a good resolution, but this year I want to be more specific than that. I want to go a few steps further—meaning beyond myself. While you read this article, I hope you too will join … Read More »
“It’s not you, it’s me.” There’s that cliché line that no one in their right mind wants to hear. Now, imagine hearing this from God. *awkward*
Take a minute or two, and think about your worship. What is worship, and what does it mean to worship? Is it singing? Thanking God for His blessings? Is it dancing or shouting? While we can quote verse after verse of our basic doctrines, sometimes the simplest biblical principles slip through our understanding. Unfortunately, the meaning of worship may be one of those vital concepts.
In her book, Teaching Kids Authentic Worship, Kathleen Chapman says, “The true definition of worship has nothing to do with denomination or specific church preference. It doesn’t stipulate that you stand with arms raised or kneel on a prayer bench. It doesn’t discriminate about the day or time. Most … Read More »
One day while I was getting some books from my locker, one of my friends told me she and a group of friends were going to the movies Friday night and wanted to know if I’d come. I told her I didn’t go to movie theaters.
“Wow! That must be a real sacrifice for you,” she said and went off to her next class. The next night on her way back from the movies, she was killed in a car crash. Sacrifice? Really?
A few months later, I was walking up the sidewalk to school when a girl I vaguely knew came up beside me and began to walk with me.
“You’re that girl who always wears skirts, right?” she asked.
“Yes, that’s me.” I replied.
“That must be a tough sacrifice for you to make,” she remarked.
I mumbled noncommittally and climbed the … Read More »