How Shame Gave Birth to Blame (and How to Let Them Both Go)

Shame gave birth to blame a long time ago. We find it in the book of Genesis a few pages past, “In the beginning” and “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:1-3). Satan tempts Eve by getting her to ‘doubt God’s goodness’ (Genesis 3:1-6). Then Eve shares the perilous fruit with Adam and “their eyes were…

Who Is The Real Victim Of Un-Forgiveness?

Originally posted on Genuine Life with Jodie Stevens:
? Ephesians 4:32 tells us to forgive one another as Christ forgave us. When we don’t it can harm us more than our transgressors because bitterness and resentment are damaging to our mind, body and spirit. When we don’t forgive, we remain a victim of the offense,…

Is Being Right Ever Better Than Being Kind?

On old college friend posted this on Facebook: “If you’re a supporting (such and such) candidate un-friend me now because you’re too stupid to talk to.” As a society we’ve become polarized by so many things. For a lot of us, being right is more important than being kind. Having married a man who does a…

Bitterness: How to Avoid It’s Grip

Bitterness. Every day is a full on battle to avoid its grip. On one side sits my ‘angel’ reminding me how blessed I am. Then the devil whispers every failure, disappointment, and betrayal. Bitterness is like a festering melting pot of unresolved anger, hurt, un-forgiveness, dissatisfaction, disappointment, and regret. Acceptance is the only anecdote for…

How Will I Ever Get to Heaven?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law – Galatians 15:22-23. Some days I’m lawless; feeling hopelessly unsaved and hell bound wondering how I’ll ever get to heaven having none of these traits. I feel chained to my sinful…

Success is a Journey

It’s been written that ‘success is a journey, not a destination.’ As it relates to spirituality, it couldn’t be more beautifully said than ‘The Peace Prayer’ (or the Eleventh Step Prayer) by St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is…

Who Is The Real Victim Of Un-Forgiveness?

  Ephesians 4:32 tells us to forgive one another as Christ forgave us. When we don’t it can harm us more than our transgressors because bitterness and resentment are damaging to our mind, body and spirit. When we don’t forgive, we remain a victim of the offense, giving the offender tremendous power over us. Knowing…

God Loves Losers

Years ago I was having a discussion with a friend who doesn’t believe in God. “Why is it,” He said, “that most people who ‘find God’ are either in prison or complete losers?” I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying: “You never know God is all you need until God is all you have.” Sometimes…

Can God Forgive Anyone?

When I was 28 years old I gave my life to Christ. The friend who led me in that prayer did what any good friend would do, he took me to church. At some point during the message the pastor began talking about how the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy had a spiritual experience and…