Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

Top Ten Tuesday: B is for Bummed

In case you missed the introduction to my new Top Ten Tuesday series, you can read it in last week’s post.

Top Ten Tuesday

There are thousands of scenarios that can make us feel unhappy, disappointed, and even depressed.  Even in a state of despair, we are not hopeless.

Ten Verses For When You Feel Bummed

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Top Ten Tuesday: A is for Anxious

Top Ten Tuesday: A is for Anxious

It’s been a long time since I have shared a true Top Ten Tuesday post, but the other night an idea sparked in my head for a new Top Ten Tuesday series.

Top Ten Tuesday

The English language has hundreds of words to describe how we feel.  Depending on the moment, we might feel agitated, amused, angry, amazed, or ambivalent, and we often act on whatever emotion we feel in the moment.  The Bible does not condemn emotions.  Rather, it shows us how to handle these emotions in the light of eternity.

For the next six months, I am going to move alphabetically through a self-compiled list of feelings.  I want to share ten verses that speak to each emotion and discuss our proper response as Christians. By the end of October, we will have a repository of 260 verses.

10 Verses for when you feel anxious.

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Free to Stay

Free to Stay

Our fictional friend, Marcia, begins a new job today, and she is overjoyed.  Her last job was stifling.  She worked 15-hour days in a dark office for no thanks.  Her boss regularly ridiculed her efforts, and her coworkers loudly berated her.  She quit the horrid job last week, shaking the dust off her feet and not looking back.

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Simple Joy Saturday #31

Simple Joy Saturday #31

Every Saturday 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!

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April 21-27, 2018

1. Last weekend, I met a college friend at Pilot Mountain.  We had such a great time hiking and catching up!

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Philippians 4 for the Twenty-first Century

Philippians 4 for the Twenty-first Century

There was a night last month when I was brimming with silent anger.

You know know what I mean?  Have you ever felt the anger that makes you ball up your socks and throw them at the floor (socks being the object of choice because they make the least noise), or the anger that makes you have imaginary arguments in your head without saying a word aloud?  Have you experienced the anger that makes you take a shower just so that if you cry, you can blame the puffy eyes on misplaced shampoo?

I was feeling that type of anger, and it was rooted in extreme discontentment.

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Easter Fools

Easter Fools

I guess you know what today is.

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April fools! It’s actually Easter!

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For the first time in over half a century, it’s Easter AND April Fools Day.  This co-occurrence of holidays is a little bizarre.  As I sit here wondering if the Easter bunny will hand out chocolate eggs that are deceptively made of mud, I can’t help but realize that those of us who celebrate the true story of Easter could easily be called fools.

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The Treadmill Life

The Treadmill Life

The treadmill is good.  On cold, rainy days, the treadmill provides a warm, dry workout.  I use the treadmill often in the dark winter months when I rely heavily on artificial light.  However, the treadmill is also a boring road to nowhere.  It is a paltry falsification of the real thing: a run outside.

 

 

 

Running outside is better.  I can think of few things that are more relaxing than a warm, breezy outdoor run at the park.  Sunshine pours through the trees, and I absorb the beautiful golden rays.  The jog takes me somewhere, and there is freedom.

 

 

Life is good.  At least, life on earth has many good things: family, friends, sunshine, running, cookies, photography, etc.  But while there are many good things on earth, life on earth is like running on a treadmill.  This temporary life is a mediocre substitution for life in heaven.

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Eternal life is better. 

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.

– I Corinthians 2:9

The joys of heaven cannot be compared to the minimal goodness of earth.  Heaven is lit by the glory of God (Revelation 21:23) and is filled with everlasting worship (Revelation 4).  The bejeweled city is free from the curse of sin (Revelation 21-22).  We will have new bodies that never face hunger or death (Revelation 7:16).  Most importantly, we will have pure fellowship with the Father (Revelation 22:3).

All winter long, I run on the treadmill, preparing for the day that will be warm enough, bright enough, and dry enough for an outdoor run.

Likewise, we must redeem our time on earth and prepare for eternity in the presence of God.

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

– Ephesians 5:15-16

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