He will hold me fast



We were all created.  We are image bearers.   We all bear the image of God in our soul and in our spirit.   God created originally male and female.  All of us are unique originals and are either male or female.
This truth is the backdrop for all that we know about ourselves and our interaction with other humans.
How is it that some later in development have tendencies to same sex attractions or attractions and identity other than attracted to the opposite sex and identify only as male or female?
Scientific efforts exist to find genes that expose or explain alternate attractions and identities.  So far I believe the research has been futile.

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What’s In A Name? The Presence of God!

I saved Sue’s thoughts in draft and just this morning, my thoughts went back to the presence of God. Immanuel means “God with us” and that is always, continual. I contemplated what that means to me. Then, I came across Sue’s thoughts again and decided others need to read and understand what she attempts to get across here. It is magical in a awesome way. We become more of who we were designed to be if we get this sense of God’s presence in us and with us. I’ve taken the liberty to highlight for emphasis some of Sue’s words.

March 3, 2015

How God introduces Himself to us by His personal name tells us a great deal about how he wants to relate to us each day

Old Testament professor Susan Stratton is famous for her rich insights into the names and ‘Presence’ of God.  Her passionate teaching in classrooms, retreats, (and coffee shops) have richly blessed her students, her children, and her adoring husband.

In a three-part post she shares a few of these insights and roots them in the spiritual discipline that has made greatest difference in her own life–practicing the Presence of God.

Part of ongoing series: Soul-nourishing Practices in a Soul-Deadening World.

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God Loves You As You Are

The Lord does not cherish us as we deserve—if that were the case, we would be desolate—but as he must, unable to do otherwise. He is love. Hard as it is for us to believe—because we neither give nor receive love among ourselves in this way—we yet believe, because of the life-death-resurrection of the Carpenter-Messiah, that his Father is more loving, more forgiving, more cherishing than Abraham, Isaac or Jacob could have dreamed. Continue reading