If you have not seen the movie, Inside Out - go find a theater, get the DVD or stream it. It is a powerful, whimsical tale about emotions - fighting for control of a girl's life. It may seem strange to you, but the Lord uses kid's movies to minister to me frequently. Maybe that's because I let myself "become as a little child" for those 90 minutes. The scriptures have some things to say about the importance of childlikeness in our experience of the kingdom. Oops, I disgress.
I am reading through Genesis, reacquainting myself with the characters (there are some REAL characters for sure) and their stories. My heart has been captivated by Jacob, the deceiver, the supplanter, the hustler. I so identify with the complexity and insecurity of his heart. Indeed, exploring Dr. Brene Brown’s work on the importance of vulnerability and the power of imperfection has left me painfully aware of the Jacob that lives inside me. Jacob, the second born, constant
“Loneliness is only-ness; only you, only me-but never the two of us together.” These are the words of the 34 year old me newly moved from North Carolina to Texas, trying to follow Jesus. They were part of an assignment from my therapist. “Loneliness is only-ness.” These are the words of the 58 year old me as I deal with the post-holiday blues, holidays which I spent with my widowed sister watching her cry as she told me, “It is so hard to come home to an empty house, not to
Here I sit on the first day of 2016 looking at 2015 in the rear view mirror and humming a Mac Davis song from the 1970’s. (Yes, I am old!) “Happiness is Lubbock, Texas in my rear-view mirror…” If you have ever spent any time in Lubbock, you may agree. If your 2015 was as difficult as mine and many others you may be paraphrasing Mac and singing, “Happiness is 2015 in my rear view mirror.” Trust me, I get it. Ah, but if you are as old as I am or if you rent DVD’s, you may r