Posted in Just For Fun, Personal Helps

27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat

 

I love being a child of God. I love being active in ministry. And I love that I’m blessed with a family that has always prioritized the house of God. Whether you’re a leader or a layperson, whether you’ve been faithful to an independent Baptist church since you were 7 or started active ministry at 70, rejoice. You belong to the unique crowd of motivated “ministry brats” that keep our buildings maintained and our cars, vans, and buses rolling.

In case you missed the first Ministry Brat list, it’s over here. Meanwhile, here are 27 more clues you might be a ministry brat. Welcome to the club. Continue reading “27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat”

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Posted in Encouragement, Personal Helps, Uncategorized

Dream Home!

Have you ever felt around in the dark for a light switch before finally locating it behind a door? Or maybe you’ve heard the windows whistling when the wind blows. The paint that looked so good in Better Homes and Gardens made the bathroom look like a dilapidated toolshed. And whoever designed our space-challenged kitchen with SEVEN six-inch-wide cabinets certainly didn’t cook! But even the “dream homes” you see on Pinterest and HGTV are replete with design flaws, whether it’s because of an amateur draftsman, a last-minute addition, or a nifty but impractical idea.

And you know what? I’m a terrible architect at building a dream Continue reading “Dream Home!”

Posted in Encouragement, Personal Helps

Restoring To Factory Settings

Ahh, the good old days of green-screened Gameboys and heavily-pixellated Oregon Trail computer games. We’ve come a long way since the ’90s, friends. I have been blessed to own several nice electronics over the years – laptops, cell phones, e-readers, etc. Since shelling out hundreds of dollars on a vaguely “faster” new phone with more power than NASA needed to land on the moon is not my style!, most of them have been refurbished models, that is, items that were previously owned but have been restored to factory settings so someone else can now use them. Restoring to factory settings like this (also called a master reset) is also a common fix for electronics that are running poorly or have been infected with a virus.

When I’m feeling low, I inevitably reach for something new – a book, a song, a fresh lipstick, something different to distract me. Or I long uselessly for different circumstances, a fresh start, a new opportunity. And as much as I love the idea of a God who makes all things new, it’s a little astonishing to realize that He’s also in the refurb business – repairing me instead of giving me something new. Continue reading “Restoring To Factory Settings”

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Love as Deep as a Spoon

Have you ever tried feeding someone else’s baby?

In my first year of college I worked at a busy daycare. On any given day, I’d be in charge of four or five small humans who were still struggling with the idea that food was supposed to go inside their mouths. Some insisted on spitting it out or even vomiting; others seemed to see the approaching spoon as some alien object that under no circumstances could be allowed to pass their lips. (One would think that a connoisseur of toenails and carpet fibers would be less opposed to things like pureed pears.) Occasionally a baby would be adventurous and try wielding the spoon himself, only to smear mashed peas down the back of his ear. In short, it’s amazing how much effort and food go into feeding a baby, considering a good portion of it ends up on the floor.

In the last article, we talked about cheerfully getting involved in people’s problems. But what about people who are constantly generating more problems? Continue reading “Love as Deep as a Spoon”

Posted in Ministry Helps, Proactive Faith

Basically, You Bother Me

“I used to be a people person, until people ruined that for me.”

I found that little gem on Pinterest a while back, and it still cracks me up. Not only have people often proven themselves “unworthy” of my kindness (I’m talking to you, SUV driver who cut me off after I moved over to let you pass), I’m also not much use where people’s emotions get out of hand. I just can’t be bothered with that sort of thing. Continue reading “Basically, You Bother Me”

Posted in Personal Helps, Proactive Faith

Incline Thine Ear

 

It’s one thing to talk about a joyous, proactive faith. It’s another to put forth the effort to obtain it. How have you changed since the challenge in the last post? Are you walking a little more mindfully with the Lord each day? “The reason many people get so little out of their Bible reading is simply because they are not willing to think.” – R. A. Torrey. Continue reading “Incline Thine Ear”

Posted in Encouragement, Personal Helps, Proactive Faith

I Don’t Want to Say Amen

 

It’d be nice to lead what the world calls a “charmed life”, wouldn’t it? Bills paid and enough for a cappuccino afterward, no breakups or fallouts, no failures, no awkward situations or health troubles? The internet and magazines bombard us with the world’s recipes for better living, and then… well, we look at our own lives and cringe, and try to survive on our spiritual mood enhancers til the next wave of inadequacy hits. What we’re actually doing is confusing joy with happiness, which is pretty much confusing good health with a caffeine buzz.

Continue reading “I Don’t Want to Say Amen”