Part 3: Survival of the Carbist
Part 2: Oh Kale No.
My carb-loving self smiles every time I open up this binder I'm using to compile my study of the 300+ times the word "bread" is used in the Bible. It's a reminder that even when I'm out of Hawaiian rolls, my soul can feast on God's word.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In my beginning of this study I created a list and printed a concordance search results. After looking up all the verses in the Old Testament that include the word "bread," I noticed several patterns. Today I'll share one.
Part 1: I.love.carbs.
I'm flipping between Genesis 3 and Revelation 21 only to realize that THERE MIGHT NOT BE BREAD IN HEAVEN???!!!!
In a season of great spiritual hunger, I started to follow the breadcrumb trail through the sacred scriptures to find the most satisfying bread for our soul: Jesus. Spiritual starvation birthed this study, not some happy overflow of the heart. I needed more of God because 14 months ago I was starving spiritually. And I didn't need a Lean Cuisine, I needed comfort food. I needed to FEAST.
This led to an obsession with the 300+ times “bread” is mentioned in the holy scriptures, and you’re reading the results. Turns out my carb-loving diet is an asset for my spiritual life...
Book Nerd Delight 2016
Every generation of Christ followers insists their needs are the greatest while forgetting all of our needs are met richly in Christ. We cannot forget that the gospel points us to embrace the most vulnerable and most of us refuse to see the unchurched, dechurched and overchurched as vulnerable. But what else do you call a child of God without spiritual parents?
Bless 'em All, Y'all.
Reading is at the heart of my weekly Sabbath practice. Sometimes it's InStyle magazine and other times it's serious theology books, but reading is my jam. Christmas is one month away people. Got any readers you need to gift this Christmas? Here's a list of the books I've read so far in 2016 plus a special shout out to my favorites. Click on the link titles to put the book in your Amazon cart.
God With Joseph & God With Us
I met a Polished attendee for coffee a few days ago and shared that I am trying to re-order my whole life around the concept of grace (getting something we don't deserve). I told her all my chips are in. It doesn't matter what I'm doing for a living, what role or title I hold, where I spend my hours. Whatever I am doing will be a total pouring out of the love I am absorbing from the one true God.
Genesis Narratives Are Like Reality TV: Crazytown.
God is with us like he was with Joseph. God is with us when we face sibling hate, human trafficking, wrongful accusations, wrongful imprisonment, unsolicited sexual advances, temptations, dream interpreting, famine, and even when we have to forgive our enemies. God is with us.
I wonder what you're facing now. Because I've got loved ones fighting incurable pain, debilitating debt, infertility, hatred, betrayal, loneliness, and divorce. The kinds of texts I get send me to my physical knees because the challenges are too great, too many. And then I remember God is with my friends. He is with me now. Right now...
My little pumpkin is only three years old and yet has a really developed sense of justice. Aaron and I are hopeful that his sense of justice may mean a future job with the International Justice Mission helping to rescue, restore, redeem. In the meantime, Caleb's 3-year-old-sense-of-justice means he is a tattle tale. Reminds me of Father Joseph who was a tattle tale as a teenager.
The Ultimate Jesus-Juke Cop-Out: Headship
I’m devastated that a presidential candidate can BRAG of sexual assault and then make no real apology for it. He has total disregard for me being made in the image of God and valued for more than my p****. I am heartbroken.
I can tell you as a woman I am looking to my pastors, church leaders, seminary professors, and Christian leaders/speakers/authors to speak up against so obvious injustice. I need the men in power in my Christian circles to reiterate my value, inherent unquestionable value, from their platforms because this weekend I'm tempted to feel worthless.
Single Ladies, Prepare for Spiritual Demotion
If there is one thing I like LESS than listening to youngers whine about not being able to find a mentor, it's listening to married women throw their husbands under the bus for not leading well enough. It sounds something like this...
Marriage & Parenthood: Your Greatest Joy & Highest Calling?
When the church communicates in a way that has single women envisioning "passing the buck" spiritually to our future husbands, we teach an entire generation that, although they may be the leader of their own spiritual walk now, an inevitable spiritual demotion is coming once you get married...
A few years ago I was not sure that I wanted to have kids (gasp), and I made the mistake of saying this out loud to a new friend in a seminary class. She very directly and emphatically told me, “You’re missing out on the highest calling God has on your life.” Her words pierced me. I wonder if the flinch I felt inside showed. She was well intentioned but wrong.
To set the record straight...
The Gospel & a Fashion Show
I've got a theory about why young women are intentionally choosing not to love the lord their God with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind, and all their strength. It's because the messages they've received from the church have made loving God with all a short-lived pursuit at best and a futile pursuit at worse...
Mother's Day Feels
Last year this event was epic; that's why it sold out. We're taking it to the next level this year. Our 4th Annual Polish Dallas Fashion Show on Thursday, May 19th, will be even more polished than last year with lite bites, drinks, and treats. Your favorite DFW fashion bloggers will be on the runway again, but we've got a few surprises up our fashionable sleeves. Mark your calendar, share with your besties...
Die, rivalry. Die already.
My calendar reminder for Mother's Day came through today and brought up all sorts of emotions concerning the women I love dearly--moms or not. Even though I'm a rookie mom and rookie blogger, I thought I would try and process all the feels with you.
4 Signs It's Your Calling
Ministry rivalry will die with my generation. And by God's grace you'll find me helping to nail the coffin shut. My generation will simply not put up with petty, distracting, and territorially approaches to ministry of our spiritual parents and grandparents. We've lost precious time and soul-winning effectiveness in loving our God and loving each other because we were haggling over the details.
Book Nerd Delight
We are absorbed in decision dilemmas trying to hear the voice of God, follow His leading, pursue our calling, and be in the middle of His will. After someone makes the right decision in their life on the matter, it seems these four patterns emerged before the decision was made...
I hate indifference.
My girl Allison encouraged me to list out all the books I read in 2015. Turns out I read 50 books. I know. Hey, don't hate. You have your thing, and I have mine. Here is the complete list of all the books I read in 2015 (thanks to Allison), and I had a blast categorizing these reads and giving out fake awards.
It's no secret I get fired up about things. I was designed that way. As a result, I hate indifference. At least I did until about two weeks ago. The word indifference makes me shutter and brings to mind:
- Indifference = apathy
- Indifference = laziness
- Indifference = spiritual stagnation
- Indifference = BLEH
So imagine the disruption I experienced last week when I read this...
Wish church bulletins had room for something like this...
Your presence here today is a welcomed intersection with our community of Jesus followers. We don’t have it all together here. We’re not doing church the “right” way. We are broken humans but God is piecing us back together. And we are not here to fix ourselves or correct you. Instead this church is evidence of a bigger story.
The big story is that God created something good. We messed it up. Jesus makes it right and one day God will make all things new...