Religious rituals Biblical knowledge Emotional experiences, or even Spiritual disciplines
Though they all help!
It is about submitting
every thought — and emotion! — to Christ, so we more consistently manifest the Fruit of the Spirit.
denying our Self so we can follow Jesus all the way to the Cross]
Which is how others learn to enjoy
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But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God John 1:12-13 NLT
That which cannot be borne
Must be born again Only those hearts that are torn Can learn to beat without sin Continue reading
It is fun, in our hearts, to play God
To expose our enemies’ fraud To judge and condemn Those women and men Who hide behind saintly facade Continue reading
Hat tip to Major Lazer
When the world’s full of darkness
Lighten up! When our souls thirst for justice Drink the cup! Continue reading
The truth that we must learn to feel
Is just how deeply Christ is real
This world with its pleasures and pain
Loves to impose on our brain Illusions of solidity That overwhelm eternity Continue reading
Hat tip to Coco
Lord when I fall apart
Re-member me When pain engulfs my heart Help me see Thee
For life is still so short
And cursed with ill report And evil seems to thwart My noblest effort Continue reading
Continued from Mrs. Jesus #2/7: Two’s Day Out
I wake up early to make pancakes for the kids.
Jesus shows up to breakfast a little later than usual. He kisses me on the cheek. I don’t look him in the eye.
He gives me a knowing look, but doesn’t say anything.
After dropping the kids off, he comes back home instead of heading to work.
He finds me in the backyard, staring at the mountains surrounding our village. He stands beside me, gently taking my hand but not speaking.
Finally I turn to him.
He takes my other hand as I gaze up through my lashes into his warm brown eyes. I speak.
“I want to come work with you.”
Though a tear begins to course down his cheek. And I can feel the tension in his muscles. Continue reading
To transcend the happiness game
We must learn to confront our shame Joy becomes pure When we ensure We run toward, not from, our true name
[Another attempt to connect with the dissociated parts of myself.]
E. Hey Revenger
R. Hey Ernest
E. So what’s the deal with my man X?
R. You mean the one who’s always blaming certain groups for all the problems in the world?
When I’m feeling frustrated by you
I’m tempted to just power through It may be a sin But that’s how I win: You do what I want you to do
Yet mercy cries out from the cross
“Don’t gain from another one’s loss!” As I feel your pain My loss turns to gain As Christ demonstrates Who is boss
If we wish to channel God’s power
We must be willing to flower I open my heart So every deep part Is enriched by heaven’s sweet shower
The greatest gift we can give
Is sharing the truth that we live Not merely with words do we strive But contagiously being alive Continue reading
O Lord, being thankful is hard
When my heart feels pierced by a shard Of this world, now broken and torn By people so lost and forlorn Continue reading
First-order pain helps us learn
To keep away from flames that burn Our bodies we need to preserve So that on earth we may serve Continue reading
If gates of Hell we would raze
We must learn to weaponize praise Continue reading
When our past and future doth tumble and roll
We need to find the still present When earth and heaven seem out of control We know that God is still present Continue reading
The reason I take up offense
Is really a form of defense I don’t want to share The cross you won’t bear Suddenly, our conflict makes sense! Continue reading
The only thing certain
Is that we will die The only real freedom Is choosing our why
Will we die from risk
When chasing a thrill Or run out the clock Til time makes its kill Continue reading
Hard work is good for the soul
But not when we’re filling a hole The source of our pride Must come from inside Knowing Christ’s work makes us whole Continue reading
The reason our loves fall apart
Is because sin broke our heart The pain was just too great to bear And so must be exiled somewhere Continue reading
I want to be an agree-
mensch Instead of just sitting on my bench While Lefts & Rights Get into fights Giving Your body a foul stench Continue reading