Finding treasures in scary places.
Doesn’t treasures of darkness seem like an oxymoron? Can good things come from scary places? As a child, I didn’t lie awake in the dark imagining treasures under my bed. My fear only saw scary monsters and biting vampires. But then I grew up, got married, and was no longer afraid of the dark. I felt safe with my husband lying next to me. That’s when I realized it wasn’t darkness that scared me; it was being alone in the dark that terrified me. Read more
If You Bring It To God
On October 11 in my daily devotional,* there is a poem about evaluating our lives. It reads,
Measure your life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk but by the wine poured forth.
For love’s strength is found in love’s sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give.
Wow, this is so deep when we take a moment to measure our losses compared to our gains. Answering these questions, let’s think about where we’ve grown the most emotionally and spiritually.
- Which taught us the greatest lessons?
- What produced the most intense closeness with God?
- Which built our level of faith to trust God during a future loss?
- Did loss or gain increase our compassion for others?
Disclaimer: This post is about my personal journey to live out a spine-tingling spiritual life. I’ve diligently searched scripture regarding spiritual gifts. I’ve made a determination of belief based on what was written in the Bible and not on what is or is not happening in our world today.
Cessation vs Continuation
Depending on what church you attend probably determines your belief about spiritual gifts. If you attend a cessation church, you might believe that some, if not all spiritual gifts have ceased. You would say that tongues, healings, and miracles were for the establishment of the early church and are no longer needed. However, if you attend a continuation church, you most likely believe all the gifts are active, desperately needed, and still given by the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ.
Now, I’m a bit more complicated.