Monthly Theology

A sabbatical from public writing

This afternoon, at this moment, at 3:13 pm, I have decided to take a sabbatical from writing publicly. I have loved recording my story here. It has been a journey in vulnerability. I am not ashamed of the work that my Savior has done in my heart during these four years of recovery. I simply need a break as I move forward making tremendous changes in my life. He knows the plans He has for me. I don’t, but I am sure they are going to be pretty amazing.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Spirit rein!

I am a big fan of the Apostle Paul. Actually, I am a fan of the entire book of Acts. I have been studying it, and it is truly amazing. The Spirit reigns, rains, reins in much of the book of Acts. Not in the whole book though. A quick glance through the story of Paul and Barnabas’ parting of ways will have you noticing that it is not mentioned that they prayed about who to take on the trip or how to handle the situation. Neither is it mentioned that they were led by the Spirit or that God spoke to them without His guidance already being requested in the situation. Why is this significant? Because great details of the Spirit’s guidance and offhand comments about the Spirit’s guidance fill the book of Acts. One should notice when they don’t. » Read more

Spirit Rain!

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed.”

That’s what Jesus said. That’s what Jesus promised. Sometimes I wonder where the fire is. Sometimes His lovely bride seems to have forgotten that Jesus promised fire not peace. » Read more

Spirit Reign!

Have you ever participated in a prayer that made you scared the answer wouldn’t feel good? A few months ago, I was on the phone with a trusted confidante. I was pouring out my life and situation to them. They were listening kindly, and then we prayed. » Read more

If Any of You Lacks

At the beginning of this month, I hoped I would be wiser at the end of this month, so that this article would be easier to write. I am, but I am not as wise as I would like to be.

One of the things I really like about God is that He gives wisdom generously to all without finding fault. That is so different from what people do. People often find fault when you don’t know something that they think you should. God doesn’t fault me for not being as wise as I should be; He just gives me wisdom. » Read more

Not Lacking Anything

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” James 1 » Read more

Pride in Humiliation

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

A beautiful verse, a beautiful thought and a comfort to all those who know they are nothing without Him.

While studying the epistle of James a few months ago, I stumbled upon an equally challenging and beautiful verse, “Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position, but the rich should take pride in their humiliation since they will pass away like a wildflower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant. Its blossom falls, and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.” » Read more

Grieve, Mourn, Wail!

I don’t like crying. I like the benefits of crying, but I don’t like crying. I am not entirely sure why, but for some reason you are deciding to read this article about crying. One would think from info in the “Daily Journal” feed that I came up with this idea recently. I didn’t. I have been planning this article for months. I have eagerly anticipated its arrival. Not because I like crying, but I love how God gives us full permission to engage our emotion in following Him. (I was going to say all of our emotions, but that is something I am not sure I agree with and is a topic for another time.) » Read more

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”

I think peacemakers should be called the children of God. Not that Jesus asked my opinion when saying so. The other day someone told me that maybe God would give me direction about what to do next in my life and I should ask Him. “That’s my opinion,” I said, “I have been telling Him that for ages, but the Holy Spirit doesn’t take orders very well.” » Read more

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