All posts tagged: christianity

Hearts in Christ: Where Are You Anchored?

As we sail through life’s trials and victories, we are ever prone to the realization that it feels good to invest our worth in places other than our God. Our work, a relationship, others’ perceptions of us, all promise us joy, security, and future. We fill our heart’s throne (the place Lord was meant to live) with little trophies of what we’ve won in life: what we own, what we’ve accomplished, signs that we are admired by those we wished to please. We set sail with our treasures and we set these trophies–our heart’s anchors–down in turbulent seas. We congratulate ourselves for our ability to finesse the waters. How clever, how wonderful must we be to have beaten the odds! But even more, we think we will be safe here. We fail to notice crashing waves, unforgiving rocks, and menacing creatures down below. As we sleep, these rocks and waves pull relentlessly at cords tying ship to anchor, and heart to desire. And when those cords inevitably, painfully snap, we are left reeling, off balance, …

Chocolate’s Not for Dogs: When God says, “No”

My dog, Maple, is a really, really smart dog. But the thing is, the smartest dog in the world is still not as smart as me. Why? Obviously because I’m a genius. But also because I’m a human being, and my brain is much more complex and developed than hers. I bring this up because right now, as I type this, I am eating some chocolate and my dog is begging for me to share. But, as any good dog-mom knows, chocolate is not for dogs. In fact, chocolate is poisonous for dogs. Little Maple has no idea: all the data her senses are giving her say that it would be a great idea to have some. However, despite the pleasing aroma and the joy she would get from chomping down on my candy, it would hurt her badly. I know this, and because I love her, I won’t let her have any. Do you know where this is going? I’m hoping you do, because if not, you probably think this post is about the …

Series Introduction: Faith

For me, I view my faith as intimately related to every other area of my life, but particularly to my emotional well-being. I think there is something in us that longs for our Creator; the grace and peace He offers us is uniquely satisfying to souls that thirst for the love only He can give. Though I believe these truths with my whole heart, I fail so often to live my life in a way that reflects the extent of the grace I’ve been given. I consistently struggle with forgetting my worth in Christ, who I am in Him, and how deeply I am loved. To fill the void, I try to find worth in other places, which inevitably leave me wanting. Thankfully, my God is patient and unceasingly kind. He waits for me to remember Him, and loves me like I never left. I am writing this series as a reminder to myself, and maybe to you too, that I want my words and deeds to reflect the kindness I’ve received; that I want …