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I’ve been struggling lately. Depression is something that I’ve struggled with my whole life. It’s hard for me to talk about being depressed and being a Christian in the same sentence. Part of me has always thought there must be something wrong with my faith if I am depressed. I must not really believe in God – I start to feel like a fake. (more…)

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Lately I have been overwhelmed with gratitude. Sometimes it seems I just can’t stop being amazed at how God reaches out to help me. I know he does it, but I never ceased to be amazed that I matter to him, and that he makes a path for me to travel in this world. I don’t have any eloquent way to say how grateful I am for my life and all the amazing things that have happened to me, I don’t know how to tell God how wonderful I think He is when he sticks by me even when I’m a spoiled pouting brat, except to just say, “Thanks.” and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart.

Here is a good article I found on Gratitude. It’s an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, and I thought it had some really good thoughts. (more…)

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I’ve been thinking about how I know the Bible was written by men as opposed to women. Now, before anyone throws a burning bra at me, I must explain my anecdotal evidence to prove this statement. This weekend I just happened to be reading through some of the Old Testament. I admittedly don’t know the Old Testament as well as I know the New – which is probably true for the majority of Christians. I guess the Old Testament is more intimidating to me for some reason, like this verse out of Exodus 30:34 – 38:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha and galbanum—and pure frankincense, all in equal amounts, and make a fragrant blend of incense, the work of a perfumer. It is to be salted and pure and sacred. Grind some of it to powder and place it in front of the ark of the covenant law in the tent of meeting, where I will meet with you. It shall be most holy to you. Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD. Whoever makes incense like it to enjoy its fragrance must be cut off from their people.”

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Heavy

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Sometimes the world just feels heavy. Sometimes it seems to me that life just presses down on me like a giant stone, trying to crush all the breath out of me. It feels like I’m the ghost of Jacob Marley dragging around all his chains . . . except sometimes the chains are mine, and sometimes the chains are just the world we live in. There are times when I just feel so tired of it all – the anger and hatred that surrounds us, the wicked deeds that are on the news, the suffering that so many innocent face everyday, the weight of my own sins. There are times when I just feel worn down by it all. I feel that way today, for no particular reason except that we live in an evil world and it just gets tiresome – and it’s true that the devil never takes a holiday. (more…)

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