I don’t know that I want to be known as a “Christian” anymore. I don’t want to be part of a culture better known for scorn than for love. The Jesus that I know, the one whose words are etched red across the pages of my Bible, shared love and mercy to sinners and saved his scorn for those who thought they were “better than.” I’ve been part of the Christian “better than” crowd, and I’m pretty much done with all that finger pointing and yelling about Christian “rights” and all the screaming about sins because I realize that I … Continue reading Unwrapping Jesus
I caught the end of one of my favorite movies today as I folded the gazillion loads of clean clothes piled up on my sofa: Ever After. This classic Cinderella story set in medieval France does not just capture my imagination…it makes me want to re-write the plot, particularly the scene where the prince learned that his “Countess” was actually a servant girl. I need more information here, and so did the prince! If Danielle is the daughter of a Countess, she has royal blood, does she not? So why was her stepmother allowed to force her into servitude? These … Continue reading Finding some down time
This holiday season, I’ve had a bit more time on my hands than I have had in the past…oh, thirteen years or so. Recovering from major surgery gave me time and space to think and to pray. The quieter I became in my soul, the more sure I was that the Lord was calling me to do something different this year to celebrate the Savior’s birth. I did not want to look like the culture around me. So this year, I made gifts. By hand. I can’t yet disclose what I made because some of my blog readers will be … Continue reading Daring to be Different
This convalescence has to come to end soon before I either go crazy or drive my family nuts. I’ve made huge strides in my healing! I just have a long way to go. When I signed up for this surgery, my mind was worried about the surgery itself and the immediate aftermath rather than on my ability to handle being a lounge lizard for such a long period of time. The Bright Side (Thank you, God!!) I’ve officially passed the time of the month where I would have had a series of very painful days. Slowly the reality is dawning … Continue reading Confined to the Couch
Classrooms in public schools all over the nation are hosting parties today in celebration of Christ’s birth. Uh, make that in celebration of Winter. First they changed the name of the parties from “Christmas Party” to “Holiday Party” because the school boards were afraid of getting slapped with lawsuits crying out that the (nonexistent) separation-of-church-and-state clause had been violated. Now it seems that even the word “Holiday” smacks of too much religion, and schools everywhere have once again capitulated to the lawsuit bringers and are calling it Winter Break. This is one of the main reasons my own child is … Continue reading Merry Winter, Everyone!