On Saturdays, I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week. These posts may grow or change as time passes. Please feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments section!
It’s been a while since I shared my weekly joys, not because my life has lacked joy but because my life has lacked time.
October 6-12, 2018
Xenial is not exactly a common word. Yet, we expect each other to be xenial on a daily basis.
The Merriem-Webster dictionary says,
Xenial (adj.) of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest
I first encountered the word xenial in elementary school when I read Lemony Snicket’s The Slippery Slope. He writes,
“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
No matter which definition you prefer, I think you would agree that reading and applying God’s Word will make you more xenial. The following ten verses are a good place to start.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Xenial
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author of Lies Women Believe, wrote,
Most people–even Christians–have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived (35).
Every day, we are vulnerable to an attack from Satan. He “holds out the glittering promise of ‘real life'” (32), desiring to “win our affections, influence our choices, and destroy our lives” (32).
On our own, we are defenseless. Like a rose in a hurricane, we can do nothing to stop the onslaught. Thankfully, we don’t have to fight alone. The verses below show that when we are vulnerable to Satan’s lies, God is ready with the truth.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Vulnerable
I’ve never read the book Backwards Beauty, but the short videos are pretty funny.
The author of Backwards Beauty, Jessie Minassian, takes a satirical approach to showing girls, “You have a beauty the world doesn’t understand.” After listening to her interview a few years ago on Focus on the Family, I came to appreciate her “completely illogical” approach to to teaching girls to view themselves through God’s eyes. She gives her readers “10 steps to feel your worst!”
Last week, I said that everyone is stressed. This week, I’ll propose that everyone is tired.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Tired
Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed? Hanna-Barbera told us that life would be so much easier in the 2000s when we would live like the Jetsons with robots, home computers, teleconferencing, and movies on our watches.
A few weeks go, I went for a walk with a new friend. Before this night, our friendship had been surface-level. We both wanted to be friends, but our “water cooler” conversations had not drilled deep.
But this night, our friendship grew rapidly. As we discussed the wonders chocolate milk, we realized that we are (in the words of Anne of Green Gables) “kindred spirits.” The conversation flowed from dairy products to education, to work struggles, and, finally, relationships.
Both of us are single, and we agreed that society can portray single girls as neglected. But the truth we both claim, as cliche as it sounds, is that God does not make mistakes, and His plan is perfect. The Bible is filled with His promise to never neglect us. Time and time again, we read of his never-ending, unbreaking, enduring love.
Ten Verses For When You Feel Neglected
1. Hebrews 2:6
What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?