Archive for Authenticity

hopelessness The raw, real, unsanitized pages of God’s Word give me permission to live an authentic life. In a world where we are pressured to look a certain way and act a particular way in order to be a part of the crowd, how beautiful it is that God never encourages us to pretend to be something we are not. He unapologetically calls us to change and grow, but that change begins in acknowledging what is true.

Psalm 42 rips open the world of the Psalmist, spilling out his current struggle with depression. I was drawn there this morning. My truth today is that my heart is heavy as I am faced with my mother’s failing memory and the loss of much of her sense of self. And no matter what may be weighing you down today, help is found in the relevancy of this Psalm.

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Apr
18

Are You Enough?

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

If you pause long enough to allow those words to penetrate your heart, you might just conclude that they are among some of the most powerful words in the Bible.

God’s original design.

God’s intention.

No shame.

Authenticity.

No hiding.

And yet, we’ve fallen far.

Not just in the area of marriage but in all our relationships.

When’s the last time you faced the monster called shame? My guess is that it was probably not that long ago.

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January was an incredibly difficult month for me. It began on the first day of the month. My elderly mother who lives with me fell, and we spent half of the day in the ER making sure she was okay and getting her head sewn up.

Three weeks later, she fell again. This time the ER visit turned into an 8 day hospital stay and now has become patient in a rehab facility. While caring for my mother has been my priority, I’ve been stretched to my limits on how to care for myself.

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Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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 “You can’t please everyone, so you gotta please yourself.” The lyrics to Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party were looping through my brain as I awakened.

Why were the words to a hit song from 1972 playing in my head? Was it too many Cheerios at bedtime? Maybe I heard it on the TV or radio??

Knowing that God, who never sleeps, often speaks to me “in the night season” (Psalm 16:7, Psalm 17:3, Job 33:14-18), I paused and to check in with the Holy Spirit to see if it was than just a random coincidence. Now that may sound weird, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve awakened to a song or a dream or a thought or some communication from God who sometimes bypasses my thinking mind, which darts to and fro and can be prone to ignore his quiet promptings, and speaks to my spirit when my mind is quiet.

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