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My Ugly Necklace – A Reflection


Necklace

Every day, I wear an ugly necklace. It’s a sterling raven skull slung on top of a cog by a short chain and a leather cord; and I made it myself.

I used to think that “those people” who wore punk, Goth, or other counter-cultural styles were all looking for attention. I had them all pretty well pegged. Their choices in style echoed silent screams of insecurity.

“What does it take to get your love and attention?”

“Will you love me no matter what I do, no matter what I look like?”

“Stay away. I will not be betrayed by love again.”

I thought I had it all figured out and chose for myself the most culturally bland and accommodating styles so as not to likewise appear so insecure. I made myself plain and ordinary, an ‘all things to all men’ kind of man.

Then something happened. What happened is a long story, involving the amazing providence of God in healing my heart. The short of it is that my own insecurities were unveiled and I learned that I too was trying to project something that I wasn’t. Instead of projecting my insecurities, and in truth my dislike for myself, I hid them behind a cloak of Average. Instead of crying out, I blended in.

But that event revealed something in me. I am not average or typical; none of us are. I was made for more than that. The necklace I wear represents that part of me that I feared, dismissed, and disliked for so long, that part of me I had to make peace with, that part where my strength truly lies.

I still think it’s a rather ugly necklace. It even takes effort for me to choose to wear it some days. And that is the point. It makes a statement. Not to those around me who see it, but to me. Whenever someone looks at my collar funny, whenever I look in the mirror, whenever I feel the pendent against chest, I remember. I remember that I’m not who I once wanted to be. I am stronger than that man, I am made unique and for a purpose, a purpose that transcends cultural expectations.

Not every punk is trying to tell you something, or trying to be something they are not. Sometimes they are just trying to remind themselves that they are Loved for who they are, and that who they are is so much more than Average.

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Power of Prayer


I made this blog because a photo of my husband and I has gone viral on the internet. I wanted to share the story behind the photo for the hundreds of thousands of people who found inspiration through this sweet moment we had.  Read more…

 

Thank you Josh Harris for reposting this first.  It is a touching reminder of the ‘good fight’ we finished some 9 years ago.


Moving Blog Post by Brant Hansen




A moving post from Brant Hanson. I wonder what would happen if we were to just do what God asked us to instead of doing what we think is important?

…A few years later, he went back to India. Kumar took his vacation from Sun, and headed over… with no plan. He just went door-to-door, and told people about Jesus.

The first day, 45 people decided to become Jesus-followers. How’d THAT happen?

“I don’t know. I just went door to door, and neighbors would introduce me to others, and I was amazed.”

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Kumar still takes his vacations, two weeks a year, and heads to India. But things have grown. From those first 45, and from his trips over the past seven years…

More than 100,000 conversions. 139 communities. More than 100 pastors. Model orphanages for children suffering from AIDS Schools for Dalit children, the lowest-of-the-low in India. Shelters for little girls, now rescued from prostitution. Food. Medicine. Jesus…

 


How to Kill the Critic – by Tyler Wardis


Excellent post from Tyler Wardis:

…I recently began tracking this negative self-talk in order to observe the influence it had in my life. What I found was resistance at it’s best.

“I dont have the right to be here. | You’re stupid. | I’m going to be out of work within the month. | No one understands you. | Failure is inevitable for you. | You will never find your place.”

Disturbing, I know, but these were the most reoccurring negative thoughts I had in a two day period of time. Even more disturbing is that I’ve lived for a long time believing that some level of this self-talk was the truth…

Read more at http://www.tylerwardis.com


God as the ‘Not-Dot’


In this discussion I want to share with you my layman’s attempt to understand the Christian God in the very simplest of terms.  Taking the most infinitely complex thing and trying to simplify it is, admittedly, a little ridiculous.  However, I am a reductionist by nature and sometimes ridiculous things cannot be helped.

Let’s begin with a simple Venn Diagram.  Draw a circle and label it ‘God’ on the inside and ‘Not-God’ on the outside. This may seem like a simple start, but if you think carefully about it, we’ve already run into two considerable problems. Continue reading


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