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Rethinking Sexuality

  Rethinking Sexuality, God's Design and Why it Matters , by Dr. Juli Slattery Stuff I underlined: "The quickest way to the heart is through a wound." John Piper "You and I have this same opportunity to make the gospel relevant and personal to those who are silently suffering around us." p26 "We have conceded the area of sexuality to the world's persuasive arguments and seductive philosophy." p31 "Two of the greatest challenges surrounding sexuality are convincing single Christians to abstain from sex and convincing married Christians to enjoy sex.  True sexual intimacy in marriage is not just about making your body available. It's about giving your whole self to your spouse. It requires enough trust to enter into passion." page 57 "Satan wants to convince us that God is not trustworthy." p 69 "The beauty of broken: Jesus most profoundly demonstrated the power and love of God when He ministered to hurting people...Those
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Neck Brick

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The Mirage - notes on Pornography

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Slow Down

 January has lots of goals and good intentions. My weekly realization is voiced beautifully by  Sissel  in this stunning arrangement. It's called Slow Down. She sang it in July of 2019. Lyrics are by Chuck Girard, arranged by Sam Cardon and conducted by Mack Wilberg with the Tabernacle Choir. In the midst of my confusion In the time of desperate need When I am thinking not too clearly A gentle voice does intercede Slow down, slow down, be still Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord Slow down and hear His voice And know that He is God In the time of tribulation When I'm feeling so unsure When things are pressing in about me Comes a gentle voice so still, so pure Slow down, slow down, be still Be still and wait, on the Spirit of the Lord Slow down and hear His voice And know that He is God And know that He is God Two things in the past week have made me realize that I'm doing too much. First was a simple accident involving an onion and my chef's knife. I wasn't

Holly and Mistletoe

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Heal our Land

Yesterday we took down the last of the Christmas decorations and put up red, white and blue. It looks like the 4th of July at my house. I wrote about my feelings during the election season over  here  and about our trip to  Washington DC  last year. But today I need to add my voice about how much I love my country.  A few years ago, my neighbor Grandma Terry taught me how to make bracelets. I didn't know anything about jewelry making or beads or whatnot, but she patiently took me under her wing and shared her skills and her time with me. I remember her when I put on certain earrings or see something she made. So today as I'm troubled (sad, shocked, disturbed, etc) by the unrest and protest and division in my country, I'm choosing to be patriotic in small and simple ways. I love that there are dozens of flags flying throughout my neighborhood on a daily basis, not just today or on holidays, but every single day.  Today we're listening to a lot of patriotic music. Year ag

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Here's a recap of 2020 for us.  photo credit Rachel Lacy As Charles Dickens wisely penned, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  This year has been unforgettable because of the contrasts. Each month has been filled with highs and lows. I haven't chronicled each of them, but in a nutshell: January was awesome because K went with me to  Universal Studios  in Florida. This girl has read the  entire series  of Harry Potter books like  seven  times. That's a lot of reading.  For her birthday last December, she got one huge gift: a one day ticket to this amazing place.   (I'm glad we seized the opportunity during the winter. If we had waited, it would not have happened!) Just for context on how much she loves HP, after we moved to Texas, I bribed her with getting her ears pierced. She got her ears pierced when she was 9 and 3/4.  We have an awesome memory for January,  but most of the month was really lame for me, because plantar fasciitis was awfu