If you are anything like me, you do not exactly have time each day to sit down and read all of Exodus. You mean well and want to spend intentional time with God, but you only have small bits to spare throughout your day. Well good news: I have 3 free apps that will allow you to utilize those small bits of time in a way that will help you to grow closer to God. Quick, free Jesus – what could be better?
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#1: Physical Exhaustion. Anytime you want to work outside of your house, somewhere like a coffee shop, for instance, you have to bring all your materials with you. In my case, that means my laptop, charger, phone, notebook, journal, Bible, and pens. Which is fine except for the fact that the Bible is practically the largest book known to humankind, and my beautiful illustrated version of 1500 pages seems to weigh about five pounds when it’s in my bag. So basically, hoisting my tote bag over my shoulder multiple times to get to and from my designated work space for the day feels like the equivalent of doing bicep curls. So dang heavy!
Recently, my youth pastor gave an incredibly insightful message…whether or not there is an actual name to the concept, I refer to it as The Goldfish Metaphor.
Sitting on a folding table in my church parking lot last Tuesday evening were two large, rectangular fish tanks filled with live goldfish. One of the tanks, containing probably 50 fish, was labeled with a piece of paper, “The World.” The second tank, containing around 15 fish, was labeled, “The Church.”
Every day, I get up and I try to love people. My family, my friends, my neighbors, even strangers. To treat all with kindness is my goal.
It’s easy to love when everything is going well. It’s easy to toss compassion around like confetti when life is good. When things are going just how I want, I feel like I have an infinite capacity to do good. I’m holding doors, throwing out compliments, saying hello to everyone. But how do we love when things are not so good? When people hurt us? When things in life fall apart? When getting up in the morning and putting on a smile is the last thing we want to do?
‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and B had a thought:
“I’ll throw a Christmas party! I’d like that a lot!”
She set a date, she made invitations,
she baked sugar cookies and bought decorations.
The day was approaching, the excitement grew.
Only one day to go, and next thing she knew…Continue reading “When God’s Plans Aren’t Any Fun: Christmas Edition”