God welcomes our laments. In fact, nothing is more freeing and healthy in our relationship with Him than voicing how we really feel and knowing He totally understands. Our questions and frustrations don’t frustrate Him. In fact He wrote the book on them. The bulk of what we call the wisdom books of Scripture, Job and Psalms, are laments. The wisdom of God, it seems, is lamenting to God.
A common saying in the South that we often hear is: “if momma ain’t happy, then no one’s gonna be happy.” The implication is that "momma" is someone to be appeased and pacified rather than loved and adored. There’s another saying we hear, “Don’t tell mom…" Have fun. Be adventurous. Get crazy. Go wild. But don’t … Continue reading Happiness
Most people will look for happiness in 2015 in their circumstances (jobs, possessions, health, entertainment, sports) or in their relationships (boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, children, or friends) only to discover that things and people change. I read a tragic, brief story in the New York Times this week about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who killed two NY … Continue reading How to have a Happy New Year
Have you ever been discouraged? The days are lonely and the nights are long. Discouragement typically comes to us because we’ve looked outward and found that our expectations of life or expectations of others have not been met. Problems, especially relational problems, tend to isolate us and discourage us. So after looking outward and becoming discouraged, … Continue reading Discouragement
Every fairy tale has the same formula. It begins with, “Once upon a time...” and ends with, “they lived happily ever after.” Ask almost any person what they want out of life, and they'll most likely reply, “I just want to be happy.” As Americans, the pursuit of happiness is written into the U.S. Declaration of … Continue reading Happily Ever After…
Jesus didn't come just to make us happy, happy, happy. He came so that ruined people could be declared holy, holy, holy before a righteous God. Happiness is a temporary feeling based on our personal circumstances. Holiness is our eternal standing before God based on the finished work of His Son, Jesus. The LORD God says, Be … Continue reading Holiness is what I need for Christmas
"It's not easy being green It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're not standing out Like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky" In one of his more melancholy moments, Kermit the Frog seems to capture how I feel … Continue reading Being Green