Real Friends Need Only Apply – Part II

“To be involved in a relationship that never involves an argument – authentic or superficial?” Last time we talked about two specific characteristics that one is blessed to find in a relationship. Today I want to talk about one more area of blessing that is given in relationships:  The gift of Godly conflict. I’m aContinue reading “Real Friends Need Only Apply – Part II”

Real Friends Need Only Apply – Part I

“I won’t ever stop being the real me to be an illusion of a better but fake Christian version of myself. So if I disappoint you, I’m sorry. Please look to Jesus and only Jesus for perfection. You certainly won’t find it in me, and I promise you won’t find it in others either. ButContinue reading “Real Friends Need Only Apply – Part I”

A Heavy Heart

“Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee.” Proverbs 1:8 (The Message) Anyone who has ever witnessed a night terror firsthand realizes how intense they can be.  When it’s your four-year-old child, it’s heartbreaking.  Earlier that night, we had cuddled in my bed playing theContinue reading “A Heavy Heart”

No Fillers…Only the Real Thing

“God told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!’” Jeremiah 31:3 (The Message)  I was having a conversation with a trusted friend the other day regarding mistakes made in youth.  I think there are a few factors that play into that role: Residual immaturity as brains aren’tContinue reading “No Fillers…Only the Real Thing”

Drifting Back into Focus

“…Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:9 (NIV) I admit it.  I’m lazy.  Sometimes I get overscheduled which leads to exhaustion and eventually to the response of, “Whatever you want to do…as long as it’s legal and not dangerous.”  Then I regroupContinue reading “Drifting Back into Focus”

Selfish versus Selfless

“Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Philippians 2:4 (The Message) I heard a sermon by our Student Ministries Pastor, Pastor Justin Smelter, regarding selfishness versus selflessness in dating and marriage.  It shed additional insight for meContinue reading “Selfish versus Selfless”