This post is going to be the hardest one. I think it’s not only going to be the hardest one concerning subject matter but also the hardest one to write honestly and still be grace-filled with my words. So far we’ve talked mainly about Jesus and the blind man. Today we have to talk about our secondary characters. Today we have to talk about the blind man’s community. Today we have to talk about the church.
Yuck, ew, no! EJECT!
Can’t. Gotta write some things. Are they going to be hard things? Yes. Are they going to stab at me as much or more? You betcha! But that’s where this honesty idea comes back to bite me in my own behind!
We’re going to take a John 9 break today to talk about…John 15. But only like, a couple verses okay? I’m not trying to confuse you about the different Johnial chapters we’re talking about!
Anyway, my morning reading was in John 15 this morning and…oh. Man. Again, we’re talking about a passage of Scripture I’ve heard a billion times but today, in The Passion Translation, it came home to live in my heart. Continue reading
I’m thinking about changing the name of my blog to “She Cries Sometimes” or maybe just “She Cries A Lot”. I feel a need and a desire to start being more honest in my writing and more honest in my daily dealings. And if I’m being honest…she cries sometimes.
But the beautiful thing that is opening up to my heart and my eyes recently is this: Jesus doesn’t mind it. Our God isn’t turned off or away by tears. He cried them. He was anointed by a woman’s tears. Jesus is big enough to face my tears, and as His child, I am strong enough to cry them when I need to but then march back out and fight, fight, fight!
We’re not here to talk about that though. We are here, my friends, to talk about our story from John chapter 9. We’re here to talk about a blind man. Continue reading
Okay, my friends. Let’s get started. And to get started, I think I should explain to you how this all started.
Once upon a time… Continue reading
Hi again! I wanted to reach out and let you know we’re going to be doing something a little different this week. This morning, my reading was John chapter 9…and I think I’m in love. So all week, we’re going to be looking at different aspects of this story that really struck a chord with me! Be sure to follow along! And if we aren’t Instagram pals yet, go give that a follow as I will also be doing some companion videos throughout the week. WOO HOO!!!
Let me tell you a little bit about how my mind works. And maybe…just maybe…you can relate?
You see, I quite often get caught up in issues I’m having like I shared in my last post. And one thing I’m trying to grow in is the ability to set those things aside and identify all that’s going right in my life. But my mind doesn’t work that way. My mind doesn’t gravitate toward good things; it grasps at bad things. If you want to get enneagramy with it…I’m a 4. A four is described as “the individualist; the sensitive introspective type; dramatic; expressive; self-absorbed”. That’s enough of that. That description is a wonderful example though! I don’t move toward good tangible things, I sit on hard emotional things (that introspection though). And for me, I believe the “self-absorbed” part refers more directly to my ability to shut out all the sunshine and rainbows and focus on the one tiny cloud in my emotional sky. It might not be a very big cloud…but it’s there and that’s enough for me to fixate on and ruin a whole day.
All that just to say this: I’m having to work really hard lately to find good things. And I don’t win every day, but sometimes I do. And I don’t find them every time…sometimes they find me.
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You want to know a problem I’ve noticed in my life recently? We’re all defensive. Everyone is running around talking about divisiveness…but I think even divisiveness roots back to the other “D” word. Defensive. And as a Christian, I see that Christians are possibly the most defensive of all. We are always on the look out for what you might be saying that goes against our belief system. And I’m done with it. You know why? Because I titled this post with a phrase I’m feeling right now, a phrase that I had my defenses up against, and that other people are going to get defensive over, but I have realized…it is an acceptable statement to make.
Y’all…there’s a problem with Jesus. Continue reading