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    Things God Has Taught Me Through Owning a Dog

    These are a select few chronicles, if you will, of my different experiences and correlations with God and owning a dog. Bear with me, these are only metaphors for Truth itself, but it is a blessing to see God’s character in a new light, through man’s best friend. Unconditional Love This goes two ways. The first being my dog’s unconditional love towards me. Can they actually feel “love?” I don’t know, I’d assume not. Regardless, God is using his creation, this little pup that is under my care, to show me a little facet of how He loves me. I will admit, I am not always the kindest owner. I…

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    It is The Lord Who Judges Me

    I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the LORD who judges me. -1 Corinthians 4:3-4 My heart – one that struggles to find security in God and what He says rather than lies from self or others – finds solace in these verses. In this season of life, I have found that the battle for a secure heart is more difficult than I anticipated. A fleeting comment, a wandering thought, or a questionable look all send my mind racing with desperate questions.…

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    Finding “Myself”: A Journey Back to the Creator

    In the world, we are pressed to “be ourselves.” Phrases have even been coined to encourage this mentality – “keep it real,” “you do you,” “speak your truth,” and so on. What happens when we adopt this way of thinking into our churches and walk with God, though? Over the last couple of months, I have had a lot of time to think and learn about myself. I think awareness of self is a good thing; it is important we know what our strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and backgrounds are. The uncontrollable events in our individual lives have somehow come together to shape “who we are.” Culture, hobbies, career paths, social…

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    Prepare for Greater

    Are you prepared? It’s the question that everyone is asking during this unfamiliar time. Is there enough food in the pantry and toilet paper in the bathroom? Is my bank account equipped to support a time of unemployment? Do I have a plan of action if things go south? These uncertainties plaguing our nation beg the question: Are you ready? And people are eager to answer with action. It’s evident by the empty shelves in the grocery stores and the abandoned city streets that people are taking this seriously. Most of us find ourselves in quarantine –isolated within the walls of our own homes– in hopes that this may stop…

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    Where Are the Other Nine?

    Can I be honest with y’all real quick?  I hesitated with even posting this picture to my site. This picture of the Chicago skyline is more than an image I used to fill a space that could have been used to write. It is a metaphor for God’s grace and mercy amidst a heart issue of mine that recently came to light. Let me explain. I am an adventurer, I like to think. I find so much happiness in discovering new places, meeting new people, and just simply being in a place that is so different from what I am accustomed to. My brain loves to learn and my heart…

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    Little Glass Shards

    This is not my usual kind of post, but I wholeheartedly believe that God can work through it regardless. In fact, what I’m about to share is very vulnerable for me, but I pray that others may read this and know they are not alone in suffering, especially on the account of another person’s mistakes or sin. As we have all experienced pain at some point in our lives, I am now facing mine head on, years after the damage has been done. The unfair part, the thing that really tests me at times, is the fact that my pain was not brought about by my own sin. It was…

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    The Paradox of Perfection: Who Perfection is For (Pt. 3)

    48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 Alright, here’s that same verse again. As we read it, there is an implied “you” in this command, meaning the audience is “personal you.” YOU (*points virtual finger*) be therefore perfect, as your Father is. We are not meant to take this on alone. I’ll say that now before any of you become overwhelmed with this command that we have been discussing. “Be perfect,” is directed towards an audience that is more than an individual– far beyond the capacities of you or me. I say this to encourage y’all. To let you know up front, before I go deeper,…

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    The Paradox of Perfection: What Perfection Is (Pt.2)

    So now we have established what God does NOT expect from us, when it comes to the scripture in Matthew 5, but if God doesn’t expect flawlessness or completion or some other saying that is used to substitute “perfect,” then what DOES he command of us? Lemme put up that verse again, with a little context with it this time. 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on…

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    The Paradox of Perfection: What Perfection is Not (Pt. 1)

    I have recently agreed to write a review on a book titled, “The Paradox of Perfection: How Embracing Our Imperfection Perfects Us,” by Jeffrey S. Reber and Steven P. Moody. Many of the concepts that I will write about in this post will be from this book, so I definitely recommend giving it a read!   https://paradoxofperfectionbook.com/ I entered the conference room, answers to the typical interview questions locked and loaded in my mind. I greeted the gentleman standing before me with a smile, firm handshake, and kind remark about his workplace. The interview went well, until the age-old question inevitably snuck up on me – what is a weakness of…

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    Rest for the Soul

    “If I were your enemy, I’d make everything seem urgent, as if it’s all yours to handle. I’d bog down your calendar with so many expectations you couldn’t tell the difference between what’s important and what’s not. Going and doing, guilty for ever saying no, trying to control it all, but just being controlled by it all instead… If I could keep you busy enough, you’d be too overwhelmed to even realize how much work you’re actually saving me.” -Priscilla Shirer, “Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer” Consider this. How many of your pressures, your obligations, your day-to-day tasks that must get done resemble slavery? Slaves…