I love the mountains. Driving back to school yesterday afternoon I was struck for the thousandth time by the magnificence of those smoky mountains. I see them every day, and every day I am awestruck by their beauty. I have hiked all over those mountains, and even if I take a trail I’ve been on before, I always notice something new and the scenery never gets old. Something about the mountains...
wherefore art thou?
I seem to have misplaced my lovely and dear friend irregular221b. Does anyone know where I could find her? :)
I have been desperately searching for a job the past two weeks without any success. It goes without saying that it’s been discouraging. Combined with the fact that I am in a new state with a new home without knowing a soul besides my parents, I have often slipped into feeling sorry for myself. Often while moping over my “difficulties” God would bring to my mind Matthew 6:33 “But...
I changed my major today—officially. Afterward I felt more relieved than I thought I would, which is just more confirmation for me that I am following God on this one. My advisor who tried to talk me out of it told me today she could tell I was doing the right thing because I was “bubbly” when I talked about it; pretty priceless I must say. What is more priceless is being full to the brim of...
Me and Jonah
It takes an absolute freight train to get my attention. I kid you not. For the past semester and definitely the past two months, God has been wrestling with me on changing my major. I’m sorry, did I say the past semester? It actually started before I declared my major. But since going into some form of ministry is vague and rather illogical, I had the brilliant idea of making my own rational...
It’s Valentine’s Day…again. Not only does it serve as a 24 hour reminder to those who are single that they are, in fact, single; but it also gives perspective as to how unloving the other 364 days of the year can be. Why don’t we profess undying love every day of the year? We say it is love, but is it really? What is love and what is worth loving? This morning I was reading 1John 4 (as a small...
My Super Smart GPS
Why am I so terrible at keeping up with my blog?? I am currently coining the excuse that I’m too busy with my academics, which is pretty much true. Fortunately, I took a break from my bondage for the day and enjoyed a lovely day at the Biltmore this past Saturday because a fabulous friend of mine so graciously offered for me to go with her. There are many phenomena in Asheville, such as a...
Purity is not a line we cross but a path we take.
brilliantlens: “For this is the will of God,your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” [1 Thessalonians 4:3-5]
To love is to be vulnerable.– C.S. Lewis (via mighty2save)
After dinner I decided to take the longer route back to the dorm. The day was just on the brink of tipping over and spilling out of sight beneath the mountain horizon, but the remnants of a red sunset lingered. As I neared the dorm the light was all but faded from the silver-lined clouds. Upon turning a corner, it surprised me to see a huge, round, orange sphere hanging above...
The Blog at the End of the Universe.: If I'm... →
irregular221b: Snow is something of a novelty in South Carolina. In other parts of the country, and definitely in other parts of the world, people have to trudge through feet of the wet white stuff to go to school, to go to work, to run errands. In South Carolina? Schools are closed before the first flakes fall…
Some Radical Notions
A few years ago I was introduced to the notion that students can make a great, weighty impact on the world around them if only they would be willing to let God use them. I heard stories of a boy who had an idea that blossomed into a corporation that fed impoverished children and a girl who worked three jobs for the sake of funding 14 children through food and education. I read a book that was...
As for me, I am tired about talking about what we are going to do. I am sick of...– Francis Chan, from Forgotten God
Sherlock's Life Lessons
Most people, avid readers or not, have somewhere along the line heard of Sherlock Holmes. Many have read the stories about him. Some adore the creative genius he lives by in an attempt to incorporate such originality into their own lives. A few actually believe him to have been a real person (he is, in fact, and always has been a fictional character. So sorry if I had to be the one to tell...
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord...– Psalm 20:7-8
Quick definition: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Actually, the whole chapter is pretty incredible so it would behoove you much more to go spend the next few minutes reading that rather than the rest of this blog post) Luke 5:17:20 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who...
New Year's Resolutions
Does anyone ever actually do well with these? I’ll raise my hand first to admit it’s not always my strong point. Actually, it’s never been my strong point. Therefore, this year I am keeping it simple and applicable. Simple, meaning that the list contains only three and each resolution is not complicated to understand or put into place—but each requires perseverance. Applicable, meaning that...
‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’ And...– Luke 5:4-6
The Charcoal We Cherish
About twenty minutes from where I live there is a road with mansion after mansion spread out amidst a towering canopy of mature, hardwood trees. This road is respectably referred to as “Pill Hill,” since only a doctor would have the means to buy such a splendid home. I happened to be driving down this road yesterday, admiring the general landscape of the houses which is, admittedly, beautiful,...
I want to have carpet-burned knees and sandpaper palms, from raising up my pleas in search of Him calm.
“ Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” —Psalm 127:1a While reading this blog, close your eyes and picture this image in your mind (might be a little tricky.) A solitary figure of a man kneels in the sand on a lone beach. His bleached hair and farmer’s tan give rise to the suspicion that he spends an excessive amount of time where he crouches at this very...
I find my profound ability to acquire Stuff remarkable. If asked a month ago whether or not I had much, I would have looked at our simple, two bedroom one bath 1,000 sq/ft house and thought not. But after spending the better part of two weeks going through and getting rid of the mass accumulation in my room and storage shed, I have come to the opposite conclusion. I could not have guessed how...
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. The pain kept locked inside, the ache concealed with a smile, the hurt patched with a flimsy band-aid…surely he has borne them. The overflowing cup of tears drunk every night, the oppressively unjust circumstance, the shattered pieces scattered abroad…surely he has carried them. Whatever presses, beats down, strips us, he knows. What is...
The Purpose Driven Blog
I suppose we were all made to do something. Some make remarkable medical discoveries, saving thousands of lives. Others have an entrepreneur mind fashioned for the business world. An occasional soul is shaped to a design of creating and painting figments of his imagination. Still others make fabulous custodians and make floors and shelving masterpieces. Whatever a person does, it...
Winnow: (verb) 1.a. To separate the chaff from (grain) by means of a current of...– http://www.yourdictionary.com/winnow