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The Private War of a Saint

As a contrast to my post "Majoring in Minors", I wanted to point out that there are times we face situations that are just down right.....hard.  There is no other way to put it.  I wanted to make that clear.

Check out this message by the late Pastor David Wilkerson on the Private War of the Saints.  My hope is that this would give you hope to press on in the midst of your battles.



1 Corinthians 10:13
Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.

The "S" Word: What I've Learned About Submission

W ives, submit yourselves to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband has authority over his wife just as Christ has authority over the church; and Christ is himself the Savior of the church, his body. And so wives must submit themselves completely to their husbands just as the church submits itself to Christ.  Ephesians 5:22-24
Our culture teaches us that submission is a word only suitable for dogs and children (sometimes it doesn't even apply to children).  It is subjugating terminology that revokes a woman of her identity and all that she has established by herself and for herself as a single woman.  It is seen as limiting and possessive and has no room in a society that boldly proclaims, with fists raised high in the air, GIRLS RUN THE WORLD!  I know who I am addressing so I know you know better, but there is still a struggle that even the most well-meaning Christian woman has to endure as she LEARNS to submit to her husband.
There is a line in the Ephesians passage above tha…

Majoring in Minors

And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble. For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
                                                                                                             - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (GNT)

There is this dilemma many of us face each day called trouble.  Some trouble is big.  Most trouble is small.  Regardless of the size, it is trouble that keeps us locked up in a mental prison.  Hindering our actions and keeping us from focusing on the things that actually matter in life.

We have car trouble, money trouble, relationship trouble, trouble on the job, problems with our health, problems at school, problems with our kids.  Then there are global problems, environmental problems, population control problems and the list goes on and on.....For the sake of th…

The Christian's Aim: To Do the Will of God

Not my will, but your will be done. -Luke 22:42b
I have made it my current life's mission to loathe the fact that my career has become a lackluster depiction of shoulda, coulda, wouldas.  I have complained about it to co-workers and even graced you all with a few words of how my path of obtaining a degree was a futile exercise in keeping up with the masses.  To be honest with you, I have grown tired of hearing myself complain and whine about it.  Frankly, I need rest and solace from these thoughts.
If you are as perceptive as I am, you have probably realized the title of this article has something to do with the will of God.  You might be thinking, "where exactly does all this complaining fit in to the will of God.?" Great question!  The answer is simple.  It does not.  The complaining is obviously due to the fact that I am apparently dissatisfied with whatever the will of God might be in this area of my life.  1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18 clearly (like crystal clearly) stat…

The Moment I Realized MY Degree Wasn't Worth What I Thought it Would Be

Make good grades.  Check.  Go to college.  Check.  Graduate from college.  Check.  Get a good job with great benefits.....check doggone it....CHEEEECK!

And I still cannot seem to get my career to line up with the dang check marks.  A degree is the door to everything America's Dream has to offer, right?  WRONG!  Oh so wrong (for me at least), but it took me about $70k and a good 8 years on this side of my degree to realize that.  I am not saying college is a bad thing.  I am not saying one should not go, but what I am saying is we have to get past all of the misinformation so we can see it for what it really is.  It is no longer a tool for advancement but a symbol of status.  Having a degree proves you are capable of stomping with the upper echelons of society or at least your little degreed sector of the world.   

The traditional educational route may have been money 20 years ago, but just like technology, ideas for what college actually provides a student is also evolving and rapi…