Saturday, January 24, 2015

Invited to Church

For the first time in years, I was invited to church.

It seems like a simple gesture, but it really moved me.


I left a church I loved for a long time a few years ago (maybe I'll talk about this in another post sometime). I have been researching churches in the area online for a long time, trying to find churches that are LGBTQ affirming.  In small-town Ohio, that is quite the challenge.  Halley and I have tried new churches here in Bowling Green and elsewhere. Our favorite church was in the Sylvania area, but it was a 40 minute drive on Sunday mornings. We went steadily for a while, but when winter hit last year, we found ourselves stuck in BG more often than not.


Yesterday, I was invited to church.  The invitation was heartfelt and sincere.  I was so moved by the gesture, I cried.  I didn't realize how powerful an invite could really be.

I can't wait to go! I can't wait to experience worship. I can't wait to meet new people. I can't wait to see what it's like.

Excited :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Juno



Our family grew a tail, and her name is Juno. She has been such a huge blessing in our lives. We have realized that it is incredibly therapeutic to come home to a lovey, cuddly, playful pup. She has become such an big part of my life, so naturally my first blog post is about her!

If you haven't met her yet, come over and say hi! She might bark at you at first, but she's super friendly :)








Saturday, May 11, 2013

Thanks

I know I have done wrong somehow when I fail to give God thanks. That's what he asks of us, isn't it? He wants our thanks and our praise.

I was in a desert without God for about a year or so. I was distant and fearful and unthankful. Even when I was at church or when I was attempting to read the Bible, I felt my walls protecting me from who knows what.

When we refuse to give God thanks, "God lets our very lives become refuse." - Ann Voscamp

Thanks be to God that I am not in that desert any longer. I am so incredibly thankful for His grace. I experienced a dry and weary soul for too long. That is not how God intended me to live.

I am incredibly thankful for

10. thankful that the 4 kittens Halley and I rescued are all alive and doing great!

11. Thankful for candles that make my apartment smell like a home.

12. Thankful for cold medicine. And modern medicine in general. I am truly blessed.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

choosing grace

Choosing God's grace isn't easy or fun all of the time. I struggle greatly with "needing" to understand why there is evil in the world. Why do we blow each other up? Why do doctors murder babies? Why do people RAPE? Steal? Hoard? Cheat? Why would God allow genocide?! Why did Dawn die of cancer at age 30 something? Why did her son die of cancer the year before? Why do we live in a world pocked with scarcity? I hunger for filling in a world that is starved. 

But from that Garden  beginning, God has had a different purpose for us. His intent, since He bent low and breathed His life into the dust of our lungs, since he kissed us into being, has never been to slyly orchestrate our ruin. And yet, I have found it: He does have surprising, secret purposes.

I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced. It's hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times, feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts. He means to rename us - to return us to our true names, our truest selves. 

He means to heal our soul holes. 

From the very beginning, that Eden beginning, that has always been and always is, to this day, His secret purpose - our return to our full glory. Appalling - that He would! Us, unworthy. And yet, since we took a bite out of the fruit and tore into our own souls, that drain hole where joys seeps away, God's had this wild secretive plan. He means to fill us with glory again. With glory and grace. 

Grace, it means "favor," from the Latin gratia. It connotes a free readiness. A free and ready favor. That's grace. It is one thing to choose to take the grace offered at the cross. But to choose to live as one filling with His grace? Choosing to fill with all that He freely gives and fully live - with glory and grace and God?

(Ann Voskamp)



Read This:

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