I celebrate independence in all its forms. I respect the spirit that breaks chains. And I am free to do what I love! Like cook! Chilli is an American staple...
"Free Falling!" Haha, the song is stuck in my head. I deleted 100 drafts yesterday. Yes, 100 potential blog posts. 100 pieces of drafted ideas, brainstorms, or entire essays in the trash later and I feel so free! There is something very satisfying about getting rid of things you worked on, especially when they just … Continue reading and I’m FREEEE…
I love this biblical reminder from Paul because it’s not just a good message to hear every now and then. It is quite literally a reminder, the first word is “Remind the people.”
It’s almost like God knows that we are a forgetful people who will be distracted by our own emotion, rationality, and urges.
Titus 3:1-8 (NIV), emphasis mine:
Saved in Order to Do Good
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,5
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Love thy neighbor as you love yourself… before we start quoting and preaching, let us do an exercise focused only on our real defined neighbors, the community of people around where we live. Do you love your neighbors?Do you know you neighbors’ names?Do you know your neighbors’ history?Do you love your neighbors when they do … Continue reading Love Thy Neighbor, You Sure?
Yesterday, I read a blog post from a psychologist who was arguing that you can’t be “too positive” all the time. I guess he received commentary because he goes out of the way to remove negative comments from his site. It’s actually funny, this world seems to support positivity and motivation until it’s a consistent part of somebody’s character. When the good “vibes” become part of somebody’s personality, the world gets bored. The positive person’s life is no longer entertaining when they’ve managed to keep up the great physical and mental health.
Society wants to be happy until it’s time to be happy. We want all of psychology’s shortcuts and cheat codes. You know, all the mysterious answers about creating and maintaining a perfect life.
“What will motivate me into working harder?” “How do I stop procrastinating?” “How can I be smarter?” “How do I stay calm when things are…
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Okay, I can't wait-- I'll open up with the good news...but that means there is not-so-good news.
Why, yes. Yes, they should!
We often hear people saying, "Communication is key." Communication is the key that is supposed to save relationships, end fights, and bring us all closer together as people. Or so they say.
Passion fruit vines are due for good trimmings in early spring (this message comes after spring has left). Pruning makes for a better flower and fruit yield. Remove the old and dead makes way for the young and new growth! I spent several hours over a weekend pruning passion vines with my grandpa. I couldn’t … Continue reading Who the Vinedresser Is
What better way to enjoy a wet, cloudy day than with a warm cup of tea? ☕️ There’s something about tea that just makes my mind welcome new ideas and meditate on God’s goodness. Spearmint and Lemongrass grow like mad which means I get to brew yummy tea from my garden all the time. I … Continue reading Sunday Tea