October 2017


Beth & I are looking at arrogance today in the love chapter, 1 Corinthians 13. I used to believe confidence was a form of arrogance. That somehow knowing who you are in Christ and walking in that truth makes you stuck up. I couldn’t be more wrong. It is actually the opposite. There’s a humility found in walking in the fullness of the Spirit and embracing who you are in Christ. There’s a freedom in knowing you’re nothing without Him. Arrogance is an outward response to a deep rooted insecurity. It causes people to puff themselves up to the point they believe their own hype. Lack of confidence can breed arrogance in the form of a false humility. That then turns into bitterness, which can become arrogance in the form of entitlement. It’s like when you feed a Gremlin after midnight. So what’s the answer? I don’t know. To be…

Beth and I are continuing our look at 1 Corinthians 13. Today, we’re talking about boasting. In this golden age of technology, where every hiccup and fart is documented on social media, there’s an onslaught of “humble bragging”. It seems like everyone is doing something cool. Living the good life. The best restaurants, concerts, vacations, schools – you name it. I think it’s easy to let our social media become a highlight reel. But what if we were honest – with ourselves and others. That our Snapchat’s of life aren’t always the real picture, but a filtered image we want to project. What if we were real? ​[wpvideo 8Xd9I4zt]​ ​​

When I say “green eyed monster”, I’m not referring to my husband. Im speaking, of course, about jealousy. Beth and I are continuing our look at love in 1 Corinthians 13; what it is and what it is not. And – it is not jealous; it does not envy. I’ve been debating what to write here for days. I didn’t know this was an issue for me, but here I am. Years ago, maybe even as far back as my childhood, I’d pray to be able to sing like other people I admired. I often found myself jealous of their ability to do what I love better than me. One day, I felt the Lord nudge me and I realized that every time I was envious, it was no different than telling the Lord the voice He gave me was not enough. That was a long time ago. What I do…

Kindness is like that perfect black dress; it never goes out of style. It costs nothing to be kind, yet means the world to the recipient. Beth and I are looking at 1 Corinthians 13:4b love is kind. When was the last time you saw a kind political debate over social media? These are dark times in our country between natural disasters and acts of hate. If ever there was a time for kindness, it’s now. It’s love in action; whether it’s a smile at the grocery store cashier or donating blood to Red Cross. Kindness is doing what you can in a given moment – becoming the best version of yourself and making your corner of the world better. Choosing kindness in the face of darkness isn’t weak. It’s strong. It’s choosing love. ​[wpvideo g78aKNDA]​

Beth and I are looking at the love chapter in 1 Corinthians 13. Today we are looking at patience or as I like to call it – NOBODY’S strong suit! My first month working in education, I’ve decided teachers and parents of small children are among the most patient of people. When your love for someone is enough to suppress annoyance, you my friend have found patience. To me, patience is when you not only come to the end of yourself. You not only love someone as a work in progress, but see them for who they could be and are becoming in Christ. This, for me, has always been my aim when I contemplate and seek patience. Now, for a little silliness. (Glad I recorded this when I felt my nasty cold coming on & did it before I lost my voice completely!) ​[wpvideo GZnthyV9]​