When someone you respect and admire corrects you, as much as it may sting a little, you take notice, don’t you? I would hope so! I did not realize that saying “Good Luck!” Or, “Good luck with that…” was so ingrained in my repertoire until this happened. And, how flippant that statement might be to others. Words are powerful! Think about it, saying good luck can connote to someone that you really do not care what happens, or what someone does, it really is all in the tone of how you say it. I was sincere when I said “Good luck with that…” to a woman from our church upon leaving her husband’s room in a nursing home recently. He was having a bad day and was a challenge to her at that time. That is when she promptly said to me, “I don’t need luck, I’ve got Jesus!”, and “We don’t need luck if we have Jesus!” She did not reprimand me, she said it in her usual jovial and positive, spunky matter of fact way, which I appreciated. However, her words stuck with me and I began to ponder that saying in light of scripture and God’s Sovereignty.
I have always believed that there are no coincidences in the Christian life. That everything happens as the Lord intended, as He allows, for such a time as this, for His glory, His purposes. There are no accidents in the Christian life, nothing is “by chance” God is sovereign. And that he cares about every detail of our lives. He knows each hair on our head. He wrote down the days of our lives before one of them came to be. He saw our unformed bodies, and knit us within our mother’s wombs. He knows the words we will speak before we speak them! Read Psalm 139 (my most favorite Psalm) and stand in awe of our Creator God, who loves us and cares about every detail of our lives. It is not by luck or chance that you are here to carry out the purposes He has for your life. Luck should not direct our lives, God should! Seek Him and find your true purpose in life, to Glorify God and enjoy Him forever! (From the Westminster Shorter Catechism).
In mid-March, Kansas declared that schools would close for the rest of the school year. Other states soon made the same determination.
Very quickly we started hearing terms like “Shelter at Home” and “Social distancing.” “Quarantine” was a word seldom heard these days…until now when we hear it daily.
The words “Pandemic” and “Plague,” although foreign and strange to the younger generation, engender memories giving rise to fear in the minds and hearts of the oldest among us.
Businesses and churches closed,
The economy faltered,
Violence at home is increasing,
and Deaths from the virus are reported daily.
Many of us have only seen times like these in movies or read about them in books.
and Discouragement is on the rise, exacerbated by the news reports and accompanied by weather fluctuations from cold and wintry to mild and spring-like and back to wintry again.
And we are all wondering, "How long???"
Nothing is certain except that nothing is certain.
I always love it when I read those words “But God” in my Bible. Often they follow bad circumstances or evil, offering hope to a situation that would otherwise seem hopeless.
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
What do you do when you lose a beloved pet? Kelly Sue shares her and her husband's journey through their grieving process of losing their beloved dog, Gidget, and how Barkin Dogs Rescue found them not one, but two new pups to adopt and love!
I will never forget the excitement I had going into a meeting with one of my professors, Dr. J back in grad school. I had the idea of launching a Christian clothing business from way back when and he had a side business that helped start-ups. I came prepared with all my notes, my hand-drawn ideas scribbled into a notebook from years ago and a prototype of a zip-up hoodie that had embroidered crosses and verses stitched all over it. I was so excited! See, Dr. J, now this is what I’m talking about! See this cool hoodie??!! It’s a nicer, higher-end product that I really think people would buy! He, of course, has far more knowledge than I and he is asking questions and pondering it all…thankfully not anything like “Shark Tank”; I would never have survived that type of questioning. He was genuinely being a kind fella and hearing me out. At the end of our meeting (as I am walking out) he asked me to write a “Theology of a Hoodie.” K…. hmmm….ok. That’s it? What on earth does he mean, I thought? I also thought, are you kidding me dude, you know full well how many books and papers we must write in graduate school and now you are asking me to (for fun) write a theology of a hoodie?!
Well, here it is almost 8 years later. (BTW I still do not know exactly what he was asking for, however, I have a far better understanding of hoodies after creating and selling them for almost 3 years now). “Theology” means a theological theory or system” I am going with just the theory or system; my guess is that was what he was asking for?
So, here is my brief explanation of how the system works, at least in my case.