What Women Want is one of my favorite movies, one of a handful I’d watch more than once. (It also happens to be another of those “womanizing cad turns faithful husband material” movies). I suspend my disbelief to enjoy Mel Gibson’s comically bumbling charm. He plays a man about town who thinks he knows women […]
I understand the importance of living within my financial means. And now that I’m doing Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, that concept is really being driven home. But when it comes to time and energy, I regularly live beyond my means. Everyday I’m allotted 24 hours. That’s my limit, the extent of my daily budget. But […]
We did our first Financial Peace University (FPU) class this weekend. Dave Ramsey himself (the founder) admits the concepts are little more than common sense, certainly nothing revolutionary. The genius is his repackaging and marketing. Lest you think I begrudge his piece of the American Pie, let me just say I admire his creativity and […]
I got a haircut last week. Not the salon kind. The emergency kind, the kind that your husband gives you because the handheld massager you tried to use to get the knots out of your neck is now firmly knotted to your head. It’s one of those mornings. I haven’t slept well, and I wake […]
At some point in our most desperate prayers we have to rally. Because when you get to the bottom of your barrel, when you’re scraping out the dregs, when you have less than nothing, you can see him. It’s easier to surrender all when we have nothing. And absolute surrender is how we see him. […]
A prayer of repentance and hope, inspired by Psalm 36 Father, if you should count our iniquities, who could stand? Without the precious blood of your Son, we are lost. We are the ungodly, the transgressors. Transgression speaks to us in our hearts. We hear and speak the language of transgression; it is our native […]
Musing on Genesis 2 I’m surprised to discover, after all the hoopla of the first five days of creation, that we’re still just looking at dirt. I always pictured God creating this lush green earth, teeming with creatures, and then plunking man down in the middle of it. But apparently, that’s not necessarily how it happened. […]
When you find yourself in a heap of trouble and you know you’re innocent, you can easily call out to God for help. But when you suspect you might be the cause of your own trouble, or worse, that God himself is disciplining you, how do you respond?
Genesis 15-16, a retelling. Abram was not completely surprised when Sarai proposed her idea. He couldn’t say it hadn’t crossed his mind. The last time God visited, he had come in a vision saying, “Abram, your reward will be very great.” Abram had blurted out, “Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I […]
“The serpent deceived me,” the woman said, hoping to mitigate what she was about to say next. “That’s why I ate it.” She was relieved when God turned his attention to the serpent.
Musing on Genesis 2 On Day 6, God gets his hands dirty. He forms a man out of the dust, gets his face in there and breathes his very own breath into the man’s nostrils. God and man face to face, up close and personal. The earth needs a man to cultivate it, and God […]