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The truth her speaks to how we as Christians overcome whether sin or failure or an ED and more!
I’ve been sitting, staring at this blank page for about 2 hours now.
Granted, I’ve taken a few breaks to peruse Buzzfeed, watch a Korean makeup video, and get ready for bed, but let’s face it. I’ve got writer’s block.
Which royally stinks.
So I’m going to go back to my roots here tonight. Return to why I started this blog in the first place.
Sometimes, when I think back to when I was in the throes of anorexia, it catches my breath. Thinking about all the ways I was ruled by this menacing dictator in my head: ED. Days were calculated to the minute. Choices and moments were heightened, inducing high stakes anxiety attacks. I was in the most extreme vortex of panic, all the time. About food. Exercise. Movement. Calories. Body image. Fear. Stress. Routines. Schedules. Secrecy.
I was trapped. A prisoner in my own disordered mind.
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09/16/2016Posted by on
Yes, I have had chains, maybe I do now. I have seen real chains come off people.
Don’t know what I am talking about? Read John.
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06/27/2016Posted by on
Just today I get a sad plea from a mom: “Please help me! I can hardly keep it together. My sons are in jail for drugs-related crimes.”
When will we see that drugs are evil and they take all of life out of the human body eventually.
Other sad examples:
Home Alone: Macaulay Culkin
11/10/2015Posted by on
Listen to Deuteronomy 30 read and more if you have time.
There is so much in this chapter for you!
08/03/2015Posted by on
Scott Sauls brings us a fresh perceptive on grace, God’s grace.
When I heard the news of this man’s conversion to Christianity, for a brief moment I thought to myself, “I’d almost rather be damned than spend eternity with someone like that.”
With self-hatred written all over him, Lou asked boldly, “Pastor, do you really think there could be room in Jesus’ family for someone like me? It seems so impossible.”
It’s hard to believe that this bully resembling Hitler ended up writing one-third of the New Testament, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that through grace, his violence was transformed to gentleness, his vitriol to tenderness, his sword to a healing salve, his racism and violence to reconciliation, and his rage to love. It’s hard to believe that eventually he, too, would be imprisoned and mercilessly executed for his faith in Jesus.
So then, there are really two possible “Christian” responses to a perpetrator:
On the one hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates no sorrow or restitution for her or his abuses, the faithful response is to keep a safe personal distance while also confronting the evil by all means possible. Victims can also prayerfully celebrate that God, who will ultimately judge all and punish all evil, will achieve a complete and satisfying justice in due time… …
On the other hand, if a perpetrator demonstrates proven sorrow – a sorrow that endures, and that is accompanied by restitution, wherever possible, of what has been taken from the victims – she or he may be viewed as a candidate for grace… …
06/29/2015Posted by on
Leslie Vernick has done a great job of surfacing the evil and the basis for evil in our own hearts. Be wise! Listen! Reflect! Turn from evil within!
As Christian counselors, pastors and people helpers we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin.
I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist. We can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience, hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending he or she is spiritually committed yet has no fear of God before his or her eyes. Read more of this post