I am trapped in the Bar of Hell. Watching my Father guzzle All the shame, suffering and sin Of the whole world With such agonizing joy That my soul yearns To join Him
I grab my tiny Cup, full of ruby liquid, and slam it down my throat.
I have tasted all the pleasures of this world, from the sublime heights of philosophy to the sordid depths of passion. All start out sweet as honey to my mouth, but end up bitter as gall in my stomach.
The scene is a wide-open grassy field. Two women enter from opposite sides, running towards each other. One is older than the hills, but still a picture of perfect health. The other is younger, having just now reached her full maturity.
Before they can embrace, the younger one trips and falls. She lies prone, shaking and pounding the ground in her grief.
Update: Through a series of miracles, I am starting my dream job on July 25th as Director of Product at Quilt Data, after less than four weeks unemployed. Thanks for your prayers!
Yesterday I was laid off from the startup I’ve worked at for the last six years.
I am incredibly privileged to be a highly-educated tech worker in a growing industry, from a (formerly) two-income family. But it still hurts. Especially since we haven’t really recovered (financially or emotionally) from my prior layoff.
Which is why this post today from my friends at Pure Glory really spoke to me. Rather than reacting out of fear and dread, I choose to believe God is using this crisis to confront the doubt, deceptions, and division that have stolen my joy and crippled my impact.
Because the only thing truly standing in the way of my destiny is my own sin. So I rejoice that God is using these challenging circumstances to bless, purify and heal me in ways I could never imagine.
No matter how much it hurts.
by Apostle Gabriel Cross God is going deep to heal each one of us. God is dealing with the deep things in your spirit, the hidden things in your …
RSVP stands for the four steps I have been using to help my spirit align with God’s purposes for my life:
Rejoice: Meditate on yesterday’s emotional highs and lows until you find a way to rejoice in them
Shalom: Repeat until you can rest in God’s peace. Over time your “set point” of how much peace you expect will increase.
Vision: From that place of Peace, ask God what to focus on today. As part of this, I like to read a short devotional, look up relevant Bible verses, and God for a single “theme” word for the day to prime my thinking.
Praise: Finish by affirming God’s sovereignty over everything that is going to happen, and thanking Him for showing up.