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Hard Things

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My verse of the day app (that I’m doing with my confirmand!) popped up with this goodness from Psalm 119 (The Message) today:

“You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right – don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.”

Seasons Shifting

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The daffodils are blooming outside.  It's March 10th, and the daffodils have been in bloom for several days.   And to think I was told the winters would be harsher in my move north.  Good bye Winter, hello Spring and walks and - oh, hi there Winter.

This morning our routine found us on the edge of preparedness at the edge of the doorstep with seconds to spare.  The door opened and the cold air froze us.  I pulled out my phone to open the weather app(how did anyone get kids dressed before smart phones?).  My concerns were validated.  I turned to the kids in expectation of wailing and gnashing of teeth amidst a rushed scavenger hunt for the long since buried hats and gloves.  To my surprise, the kids took the task in stride.  It was as though the novelty of the cold air crystallized their memories.  There were no, 'the gloves are lost and I'm going to die' performances worthy of an Oscar nomination.  The kids just rolled with it.  And I found myself more surprised than daffodils waving in the Winter air.

Song of Love

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Music moves my soul.  God instilled this love inside of me. Sometimes I feel the closest to Him with a praise song in the air or on my lips!  The story I am about to share is very special to me. It includes words from an old song which is scripture based.  Thomas Chisholm wrote “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life in 1925.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness. 

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:22-24

Ashes

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Fat Tuesday, the day to live it up and indulge, as if we need permission to go all in on our vices. Don't get me wrong, I love the parades, I love the beads, I love the excitement and energy. I love the idea of celebration together, so little to celebrate these days. A thousand miles away from the big party in New Orleans, still the day before fasting begins arrived and I wondered at what it all really means. In our home we have been fasting for several months, leaving hope and joy out of our daily diets. We have avoided high calorie elation and glee, sticking to the austerity foods of despair and depression. Scott surely has been on this strict diet, I have to admit to cheating snacks on the side, away from his view. Time with friends allowed me to feast on bits of glee and slices of hope. Sermons at church fed me reminders of hope, Plum always brings a taste of joy. Finally, we are entering back into a season of dining together on these delicacies and the thought of fasting for another 40 days is unsettling.  We just left the dark wilderness yet the calendar is calling us back into it as we walk with Jesus in preparation for Easter.  I want to Easter now.

Step One: He Has Plans For Me

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To better accompany Markie on her journey, check out her first post here.

What does a world look like post-God?

The literature about the death of God seems to begin with Emmanuel Kant, and carries on with theorists Heine, Hegel, Mainlander  and more.  All of their ideas come together and explode with Friedrich Nietzsche, who was an atheist philosopher.  I’m going to dive right in to respond and question, starting with his thoughts.