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Bible Dipping—Deuteronomy 8:5 June 28, 2013

Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 5:51 pm

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.

God is a realist.

He has to be, if you want that infinite love to be real.

Most people hate seeing themselves as ugly and sinful.

We’re pupils who can see everything except ourselves.

Sometimes we look into a mirror called the Law. It shows us our ugliness and our sinfulness. We see our imperfection, and we hate it.

God doesn’t do this to be mean. No, He does it to knock down our walls so we let love in. He shows us our need and then He fills it.

The cost of sin is death. However, though our body dies, as Christian, we will live on in Heaven, much longer can any memory can preserve us. And though our ugliness is all too evident, we are made beautiful in Christ’s blood. His sacred heart is our fountain of youth; it restores us when we feel like we cannot go on.

We are broken, but God puts us back together with His comfort. He says that life will go on. He promises that He is always with us.

If He chastens us for our good, then I want Him to chasten me plenty, because I know that the correction He provides will make me more like Him.

—JFG

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Sign of the Times? June 15, 2013

Filed under: Christian Culture — christical @ 11:46 am

I was watching television this morning and I put “Dragon Tales” into the VCR player (a VCR is a videocassette recording for you digital disk people) for two of my nieces. They called the tape a disk and tried to stick it into the DVD slot . . . One of the girls also learned how to use an iPad before I started using one.

Although new technologies certainly improve our lives (mostly for the better), sometimes I can’t help but long for earlier days when no parent in his/her right mind would buy their eight-year-old a mobile phone. “Who would they need to call?” they say.

Perhaps I’m just being a crotchety old person, or maybe I’m really onto something.

Part of a healthy emotional life is the ability to adapt to new changes while making decisions about what changes are beneficial for you and others, as well as to what extent the changes should take place.

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Love the Stillness June 10, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — christical @ 12:08 pm
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Summer is here. It’s time to kick back and take some time for the self.

We have freedom to do what we please. Thus, we occupy ourself with tasks until we are done with those tasks.

What do we do then? After we’re done, we don’t have anything else to do, so sometimes, we just sit in stillness.

For many, the sound of silence is one of the most unsettling sounds. We’re not sure what to do because our minds are used to being constantly stimulated. As a former teacher of mine once said something along the lines of, “In this day and age, we have trouble focusing on anything that doesn’t have a screen.”

In this stillness, we begin to focus on ourselves. I’m not talking about self-absorbed thoughts; I’m talking about introspection.

When we start to introspect, or look inward, and observe ourselves, we notice parts of ourselves that we had begun to ignore. It’s the way that your hands use a sink so gently, but a hose so forcefully. We wonder about the things we did last week (such as cleaning out the refrigerator) and whether they were worth doing (trust me, it was). Deep regrets come up, too.

I’ve said before that if you have trouble hearing God, perform a sound check on the rest of your life. Is the volume of your job, your social life, or even your moral responsibility blocking out the song of God?

Embrace the stillness, my brothers and my sisters! It’s in that unsettling silence that we’re comforted by God. When we leave a huge gap of silence, something will fill it. For Christians, God fills that gap.

~JFG

This Week: When you find yourself in a sudden silence, pray about anything. Pray about everything. God’s focused on you, and in that moment, so are you. 

 

Thanks Guys (and Girls)! June 6, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — christical @ 6:13 pm

Readers:

Peace to you!

I logged onto WordPress today and was surprised to see a notification that exactly one year ago, I signed up for WordPress and started blogging for the first time ever. Honestly, it hasn’t felt like I’ve been writing for a year. Thanks to you subscribers and readers out there, that time passed so quickly.

Since I started blogging, I hope I have become a better writer and a stronger Christian. I’m blessed with almost 30 followers on my blog, 578 amazing Instagram followers, and many more unnamed readers.

Believe it or not, this site’s been viewed in 42 different countries! I pray that everyone who stumbles across this blog is spiritually refreshed, moved, or comforted by what’s written here. Most of all, I pray that God’s glory shines brightly through this blog.

Let’s hope this next year will be as good as (if not better than) the first!

–JFG

What topics do you want to see covered this coming year?

 

 
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