relationship

Yes, Master? (Hosea 2:16)

“‘In that day,’ declares the Lord, ‘you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.'” (Hosea 2:16)

Husbands often joke that their wife is “the boss” or “the master” of the household. On the other hand, while wives may not say it or joke about it, they may react to the demands of their husband with the heart of an employee-to-their-boss or a servant-to-their-master.

Likewise, some people view God as an angry, rule-giving tyrant, whose frustrations at our lack of listening and obedience far exceed those of the most demanding and irritable spouse.

My thoughts on Hosea 2 are more for the married people, but singles, hang with me– y’all might learn something! (more…)

Guard Your Heart (Proverbs 4:23-27)

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Prov. 4:23-27)

This is great instruction, and as Proverbs 4:13 says, “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” But I’ll be honest, a lot of this is really hard to do. Actually, it’s impossible to consistently follow this and the other instruction given throughout Proverbs (let alone in the rest of the Bible), on our own. (more…)

Far From Perfect

There’s something I heard from a friend recently that bothered me. There are people who are actually discouraged from being around other Christians, because the Christians SEEM like they’re perfect.

In her words regarding several Christian families she met, she said, “You all have the perfect families, the perfect spouses, the perfect marriages, the perfect children, the perfect homes, and even the perfect dogs!” It pains me that we as Christians can give off that type of vibe, because we’re absolutely broken and shattered people, in need of a Savior. (more…)

How You Play The Game

One of the highlights of a recent weekend was helping coach my 5 year-old son’s soccer team during their first game.

Imagine the scene… picture-perfect weather, players dressed in pristine uniforms, coaches discussing final rotations and strategy, families spanning three generations seated on the sidelines in hopeful anticipation.

Finally the players line up on each side of the field, ready for the kickoff. The moment has arrived, and all of the practices, drills, scrimmages, pep talks, and preparation is about to pay off… and pay off BIG. (more…)