Whatever is True

We all know Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” You’ve probably been in Bible studies where you’ve gone through all these adjectives describing what we should be thinking about. You’ve probably made lists of honorable, pure, and lovely thoughts you should be having throughout the day. Instead of going crazy deep into this verse, I’ve found myself stopping on the first three words: Whatever is true. What does it mean to meditate on what is true? How often do I choose to look at what is true, whether that’s the Lord’s truth in Scripture or what’s true about the circumstances He’s put me in? One of my strengths (according to StrengthFinders) is futuristic, so maybe part of it is that, but I think we all have a natural tendency to dream. It’s part of the reason we love Netflix, books, and movies. It’s why we think it’s fun to look back through photo albums or old Instagram feeds. We love ideals. We love imagining or remembering the best. There’s a necessity for hope when it comes to walking with Jesus and expecting Him to move. But what do we do when hope gets muddled with our desires? When what we want blurs the lines of what God is actually doing in our present? This is where He calls us back to what is true. What’s so freeing about meditating on what is true is that it doesn’t...

Faith And Your Facebook Profile

I invite you to take a moment and join me as I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed. It is interesting to read the variety of status updates from my “friends” that, I believe, reflect the condition of their heart. Some would say that social media provides a curtain to hide behind so as not to show our true self. I agree and I believe that an evaluation of our interactions on social media (and in life) can gauge if or how we actually live out our faith. Meet my friend Debbie Downer: Debbie is a perpetual complainer. Everything she posts reeks with negativity. What’s funny is that people feed into this negativity––it is infectious. You should see all of the people commenting on her status with their own life complaints! Meet my friend Perfectionist Patty: Patty preens with perfection as she posts the most gorgeous cover photos and shots from her perfect (and regular) vacations to perfect destinations. What Patty portrays to her social network makes everyone think her life is peachy from her everyday awesome job to her everyday fantastic love life. She really ups the “anty” when it comes to her friends attempting to join her in this perfect life. Meet my friend Religious Rita: Rita is quick to post how many chapters (sometimes books) she read in her Bible today. She is also quick to lash out with cherry picked Bible verses to suit her needs when making a pious, self-righteous social statement online. Meet Wild Wendy: On Sundays Wendy posts cute little Pinterest pins with sweet Bible verses. On Saturdays, up goes compromising pictures of...

Press On

 As a new school year begins and a new season is on the verge of emerging, may we too press on…...

Ohio. Thirteen hours away. No big deal.

I’m a dreamer. That’s a good thing for the most part. I think. The downside is that I’m hardly ever content—always dreaming of the next thing. A friend recently told me, I’m sure he heard it from someone else, “Wherever you are, be there all the way.” This, one hundred percent, describes who I am not. I’ve moved half a dozen times in the last couple of years. While some of it wasn’t my fault, or so I like to think, I could have prevented the moves more than I did. When I lived in Michigan and worked at a church, which I loved, in the back of my head I always thought, I’ll work here or a couple of years then I’ll see what else comes up. It seems like a harmless statement. But I realized, all too late, that it meant I never gave it my complete devotion. Even now, in my current role as a teacher, I wonder what’s next. What’s so bad about that right? Let me put it in perspective. I dated a girl in college for a year. We were serious. At least I was. But one night, as we walked around her neighborhood, taking in the velvet sky and chorus of nighttime critters, she said, “I’ve always seen myself being alone for a while, before I got married.” What? She always had that in the back of her mind. While I fell in love, she wondered about her time alone before marriage. Hint: You tell a guy that before things get serious, aka, before you start dating. It was unfair to me....

Life!! It’s a ROLLERCOASTER!

Recently a friend told me that they were on the “bottom loop” of the roller coaster. Isn’t that just life. Up and down, twist and turns. Funny that sometimes the anticipation of the next loop or deep dip doesn’t feel quite the same when we’re “living” it. But what a gift we have! We can be reminded, by God, in His word, that this life, with all the unexpected loops, does not surprise Him…not one bit. He’s working and moving in it all; even when we want OFF the ride. He is working, He is moving and HE goes with us through every detail of the roller coaster called life! THAT is something to...

Lost Game System

My daughter’s hand-held gaming system is lost. And yours probably is, too. I don’t mean we can’t find it. I mean it doesn’t know Jesus. Now before you half of you send me emails telling me how gaming systems don’t have a soul, and the other half of you tell me how your gaming system was saved at an early age, let me explain myself. My six-year-old Faith received a really awesome game for Christmas to play on her hand-held video system. If you type in a word, the system creates that word on the screen right before your very eyes. Type mailbox. Voila! You’re looking at a mailbox. Peck in the word tiger, and before you know it, a tiger will pounce across the screen. It’s amazing. But here is the not so amazing part. Type in the word JESUS, and the system has no clue. “This is crazy,” Faith told me. “This game doesn’t know Jesus, but it does understand God.” I couldn’t believe what she was telling me, so I typed in Jesus myself. It politely let me know I’d misspelled a word. Then it asked if I meant jeans, Josh, or jet. But when I typed in God – poof! He appeared. A cute little white headed man with a beard. I shook my head in disbelief and thought how much that game mimicked the view of the world. As much as it shocks the average Christian girl like me, many out there do NOT know Christ. Most will admit to believing in God or some sort of deity, but they don’t truly have knowledge...