Fifty Shades of Heartbreak

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That would be me -- whenever I think about the movie opening this weekend, right in time for Valentine's Day, a holiday meant to honor true love. Only it doesn't. Fifty Shades of Grey poses as romance while celebrating lust, bondage, and torture. Before you ask, the answer is no. I did not read the book, but nor do I live on Mars. What's more, my man and I were recently subjected to the trailer as we awaited another movie we had paid to see. So, yes, I stand by my description. I should also tell you that I've considered the cost of wading in on this conversation and the controversial feedback I may be inviting. I'm choosing to post anyway because I love people and I mourn the havoc sin inflicts on us, as individuals and society at large. But we'll circle back to the repercussions. I … [Read more...]

Empty Me

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There's this song, Empty Me by Chris Sligh. The lyrics strip me down every time I play it... "I've had just enough of the spotlight when it burns bright to see how it gets in the blood and I've tasted my share of the sweet life and the wild ride and found a little is not quite enough. I know how I can stray and how fast my heart could change." I think you get those lyrics, too. You may not have occupied a platform or a stage, but you've done something at some point well enough to elicit praise. You wrote, sang, photographed, cooked, helped, coached, nursed or gave. Add to the list until you see yourself, but whatever was produced from your efforts was recognized and appreciated -- and it sat well with you. We give ourselves to man's approval like a dog to … [Read more...]

A Divine Starting Place without a Finish Line

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It's here, friends, Christmas Day has come. Please know that I'm forever touched by your desire to spend this season with me and my sweet author friends, (thanks again Tricia, Joneal, Marybeth, and Mary!) However close we came to celebrating the true meaning of Christmas throughout this season, or how far from the mark we found ourselves falling, our goal was a worthy one and Christmas Day has arrived offering us yet another brand new opportunity to worship. It's the only day we have to love Him, you know. Yesterday is over and tomorrow isn't ours. And yet, if we aren't sitting in a candle lit church this morning listening to reverent organ music we can feel far from holy. We can feel strangely distant, and curiously cold amidst all the paper, boxes, and bows. If our goal is to worship … [Read more...]

Who You Lookin’ At?!

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I just love today's prompt! Not because the words are mine, but because the grace it celebrates is all Jesus.  Read the Holy Words first and let the tense of the verse sink in as you consider the wonder working blood of Christ. It's not how well we can monitor the messy places of our hearts, hoping we're doing a good job of keeping ourselves 'fessed up and forgiven. Our role is to walk in the Light and the One who ever lives will ever cleanse. That's the kind of revelation that will turn a pew warmer into a passionate follower. And now, that prompt I was talking about...There's a lot of kitchen duty ahead and with it will come untold hand-washings-- and countless opportunities to celebrate Jesus, the God who came to be in the middle of it all, to forgive us one and all. Merry, Merry … [Read more...]