Rembrandt and Redemption

Rembrandt and Redemption

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I have a new favorite piece of art, and I have to admit that the basis of my appreciation is my own interpretation of the artwork. I haven’t researched the piece, so I don’t know what the artist intended for me to understand.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Z is for Zealous

Top Ten Tuesday: Z is for Zealous

Top Ten Tuesday

Our brains are truly incredible; as I wrote this post, my mind sang a song that I have not heard in 6 years.

The lyrics are pretty simple, but they are appropriate for this post.

I’m not ashamed of the one who saved my soul.
This fire inside of me is burning for your name;
I’m not ashamed!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

Top Ten Tuesday: Y is for Youthful

Top Ten Tuesday

Generally speaking, I still feel like a teenager.  Sure, I’m in grad school, I have a full-time job, and I pay my own rent, but when someone asks me my age, I respond, “eightee–I mean, twenty-three.”

Whether you are young-in-age or young-at-heart, strive to obey God’s six specific instructions for youth.

Ten Verses for Those Who are Young

First, God desires for youth to be obedient.

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Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday: X is for Xenial

Top Ten Tuesday

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: W is for Whiny

Top Ten Tuesday: W is for Whiny

Top Ten Tuesday

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s complaining.

  • I’m tired of sitting.
  • The lesson is boring.
  • The WiFi is inconsistent.
  • Gas is expensive.
  • Traffic is slow.
  • I’m hungry.

Yep, I could whine your ears off.  The following ten verses are intended for me.

Ten Verses for When You Feel Whiny

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Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday: V is for Vulnerable

Top Ten Tuesday

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

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Top Ten Tuesday: U is for Ugly

Top Ten Tuesday: U is for Ugly

Top Ten Tuesday

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!”

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