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I’ve had a difficult relationship with social media lately. As much as I want to see what my friends are up to, it seems like everyone is arguing or posting about the latest sad/baffling/revolting/divisive event. There is so much darkness, and even those who are trying to talk about the light do it in a way that doesn’t promote much hope. We tear down the false gods, we critique un-Christian behavior, and we forget to mention alternative ways of living. In the midst of our disapproval, disgust, and despair, we have forgotten we are the voice of hope.Of course, it’s important to enter into discussions about what’s happening in our world. It’s important to call bad practices into the light where people can see them for what they are. Christians should be a voice demanding justice. Saying enough is enough. Condemning false representations of our faith.But I just don’t think it’s enough to point out that which is broken. We also have to uncover the potential for restoration that lies just beneath the surface.One of the beliefs I prioritize most in my own life is the…

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Remember God.

This post is the sixth (and final) in a series about my five core values.If you missed the first few posts, you can find them here!As part of our worship, my church takes what we call Common Meal (you may know it as Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist) every week. Each time, we take a small piece of bread – representative of Christ’s body broken for us – and dip it in juice – representative of his blood spilled for us.I think a lot of people probably wonder why the church has this practice. I mean, really, is there anything less appealing than the idea of eating the body and drinking the blood of another person? No, no there is not. It’s odd, to say the least.But, trust me, it is also so, so good.We eat and drink, not to be faux-canibalists, but to remember how the death and resurrection of Jesus changed everything. To remember that the brokenness of the world does not win. To remember that Jesus taught us a new way to live, a fuller way to live, a way to live that heals our world.The practice empowers us…

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Eyes on Christ.

I call myself a Christian because I believe that God sent Christ to redeem a broken world – our broken world. I call myself a Christian because I am a follower of Christ. Because he radiated love and restoration in a way I hope to imitate in my own life. I call myself a Christian because past the pain and the hurt I see in front of me, I also see the hope of a renewal of all things. I see the hope that comes from the death of Christ on the cross.I call myself a Christian . . . and yet, I often forget to look at Christ. This Christ who I claim changes everything, who I dedicate my life to embodying, is also the Christ I often neglect in my day-to-day life.Perhaps you can relate to this.Perhaps you, too, believe strongly in the redemption of our world, and yet find yourself neglecting the Redeemer.Perhaps this is the constant tension we live in as simultaneous Christ followers and humans. Our faith draws our eyes to Christ, but our desire to please pulls them back to ourselves.When I step outside in the rain, I am surrounded by…

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Why I Buy Flowers.

I had been awake for less than an hour when I managed to spill apple juice all over the kitchen floor this morning….while I had eggs cooking on the stove. Not only did I need to clean up the juice, but I needed to clean it up and get to my eggs before they burned. Oh, the joys of adulthood.This is the kind of week I’ve been having. I think it’s because I just got back from a weekend trip to California. The weather was beautiful, all of my meals were prepared for me, and I left without having to think about washing the sheets and towels I used. It. was. awesome.But now I’m home again, and I am back to feeling like there is always one more dish in the sink.  Greek homework, laundry, general tidying up, work, making dinner…it goes on and on, and I continue to fall behind.So on Tuesday when I went to the store, I bought flowers.Until a few months ago, I never understood the purpose of flowers. They don’t last forever. The fragrance can be way too strong. And contrary to popular belief, I…

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Giving Up Control.

Recently, my Aunt Suzy asked me to write a short devotional for The Sisterhood’s 30 Days of Love study. This is what I sent to her. My hope is that it resonates with all people, not just those who are participating in The Sisterhood’s study this month.Loving God is difficult. I don’t mean that it’s difficult to love God emotionally, because I think that comes fairly easily to us. Instead, I’m talking about loving him actively. While it’s easy to love other people through our actions, it’s not so easy to love a God whom we can’t see or touch. For instance, I actively show love to my husband by kissing him, giving him a hug when he walks in the door, not asking him to do a chore when I know he needs rest…the list goes on and on. But loving God? How do I do that? I know I can show my love for him by going to church, and reading my Bible, but what if truly loving God through my actions requires more than that?This past month, I’ve been working through the She Reads Truth…