1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
Just an hour ago, someone was nagging on me, telling me to get out of the house, get married and just get lost because he is irritated with my presence. We still don't have a smooth relationship. It is the usual thing that happens every time my father gets drunk. He talks like he is not my father and I am not his daughter. He claimed that he hates me because I don't recognized him as my father. That's partly true; I never talk to him because I am not used to it even before. That made him jealous with my mom who has a close relationship with me.
I used to control my emotion, never argue with him because it will never bring good to me, to him and to everyone in the house, but I ended up losing my temper and bursting in crying and shouting back at him. More Here...
There's nothing like playing in puddles, or just being plain goofy. This is something I have to remind myself of regularly. Life has it's own issues, with it's own level of stress. We have to find that Joy in what we do -- and in who we are.
This may mean taking a break from those serious things surrounding ourselves, and running in a puddle...
... or watching a funny movie
... or finding a youtube video that strikes a humorous chord.
Whatever you need to take a break, remember that joy is found when you let go of the stress and realize that it's not your issue to deal with.
Peace is a central concern of Luke’s gospel, and is often linked with “glory.” The well-known Christmas phrase has “Glory to God in the highest, meanwhile peace on earth to people of good will.” Paul Minear has suggested a direct correlation between these two: “the more glory the more peace, and the more peace the more glory.”
The most peace-dense section of Luke’s gospel is the central journey narrative, when Jesus sends out seventy (or perhaps 72) of his followers to preach and heal in his name. He tells them,
The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a child of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town.
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A few days ago I talked about the differences in a few English Bible translations. Not the standard kind of "thee" versus "you" differences, and not the bigger, deep theological sorts of differences. Something in between, really. This post will follow up where I left off and is a little longer than usual.
In Matthew 6:1, Jesus says that we shouldn't be making a showy spectacle of ourselves as we do good stuff. We should not help people so that we'll get attention and credit for doing something good. (At the same time, we should be an example to people around us; our motivation is the key.)
In that verse the New Living Translation quotes Jesus as saying, "Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others..." The phrase "good deeds" is also used in Matthew 5:16: "Let your good deeds shine out for all to see..." More Here...
There’s a bumper sticker floating around–you may have seen it–that reads, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” There are a lot of days when that phrase really resonates with me, and today has been one of those days.
Maybe “outraged” is a little strong. Maybe angry, discouraged, or frustrated are better words. But either way, today I woke up feeling kind of bitter. Perhaps it’s the fact that random people who never read my blog and don’t know anything about me somehow feel justified leaving mean, name-calling comments on my site. Perhaps it is this whole Chick-fil-a thing and how divisive it’s become (Which, by the way, I was not trying to make worse through my own post on the matter. I was trying to promote dialogue, not division or choosing sides, though I’m not sure I succeeded in that goal…). Perhaps it is our overall political climate, since both parties equally infuriate me. Perhaps it is the long list of injustices being perpetuated throughout the world with no end in sight. Or perhaps it was the guy who wouldn’t let me merge in traffic yesterday when my lane was ending. More Here...
I think one of the most difficult aspects of my inner life that I still struggle with and often fail to deal with creatively, or with true faith, are the seasons of inner chaos.It can at times seem to be like a man holding onto a log, in a stormy sea; that is being thrown up and down and sideways and at times is overcome by a wave.
I suppose I do better than when I was younger, though it does not feel that way when going through it.I know that this is a common human experience and that actually helps for me to understand that.It is good to know that I fit within the normal range of human experience, perhaps insipidly so.
I also have learned that the storms subside and calm returns.Anxiety can cause the disturbance, or anger, then of course there is lust, and the waves can get very high at that time.Yet deeper than the storm and the waves and my hanging on, there is something deeper that is causing this energy release.I think that my inner images give me a clue of what this is and it is not always comfortable to contemplate.Nothing that I do to elevate this inner storm works, it has to wear itself out, or work itself out, not sure about that at this time of my life, and may never understand.
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In many things, I have learnt not to be too caustic towards other people. I often adopt this tone when I really dislike something–under the guise of sarcasm, I make very disparaging remarks, and the lines between where I’m being serious and joking blur. Unfortunately people get offended easily, especially when something as sacred as the modern pilgrimage to overseas countries, is questioned. It is certainly something that is important as being born again for many Christians today.
A lot time has to be spent at the beginning of any conversation exerting that I was generalising. I wasn’t talking about all missions trips, and I wasn’t judging any specific one. It was a general trend that I’ve been assessing and thinking about, not any specific trip I was thinking about. Moreover, while on the topic of mission, I feel I have to define a lot of the terminology sharply, in case of mis-comprehension. A lot of what we define as missions, is just humanitarian work–people need to differentiate more clearly between the Great Commandment to love God and our neighbour, and the Great Commission. One was a general command, and another was a specific command to the Apostles. I think it is an important distinction to make between the two, and focuses our work, and the work of the Church better. More Here...