When Words Become Toxic

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.—Genesis 1:27

For years now, my husband has been complaining about a trend in TV commercials and shows in which men are depicted as cavemen-like bumbling fools. But you can always count on the woman to set others right.

“They make men (more…)

Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.—James 2:19

Years ago, I worked for the popular pastor of a large church. People were draw by his charismatic personality. He shared so many personal anecdotes in his messages that people felt they knew him. This made for some borderline creepy scenarios, both in person and via email. 

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I Love Me, I Love Me Not

I vacillate through life regarding myself alternately with loathing and pride. It’s a see-saw of self-deprecation and self-adoration: I love me, I love me not.

Ugliness spews forth from my mouth like fire from a dragon, and I mentally flagellate myself like some kind of ancient monk. I write something I’m particularly proud of, and I’m a modern-day Steinbeck. I regard the (more…)

Work Is Not a Four-Letter Word

I have a reputation for working hard. My clients know it, my friends know it, and my family certainly knows it. Raised in a low-frills environment, I was taught that if I wanted something, I worked for it. Growing our own vegetables, hunting, fishing and working multiple jobs were all part of day-to-day life. 
I took that work ethic with me as (more…)