The Book of Psalms, or the Psalter, is often where most people go for comfort and guidance in the Bible. This chapter of the Old Testament includes 150 songs and poems written by David, Solomon, Moses, Asaph, the sons of Korah, Heman, and Ethan. In the new book, Spurgeon and the Psalms, publisher Thomas Nelson (Maclaren Series) has adapted short devotions from Charles H. Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David: An Original Exposition of the Book of Psalms…in Three Volumes before each of the 150 Psalms in the New King James Version (NKJV).
Most good stories begin somewhere in the past. While some avoid looking back, I find that looking back nearly always informs how I want to move forward, even when I’m stuck. As a young adult, I was drawn to the discussion of ideas, introspection, deep thinking, and conversations with adults. This is my journey to becoming a writer.
I’ve been a self-employed, Christian business owner for more than twenty years. Undergirding my philosophy of how I operate my business are principles I’ve extracted from the Bible. I don’t profess that I have it all figured out, but I do know that the more I focus on God and establish my daily quiet time with him, the more prepared I am to serve others well through the work I do as an entrepreneur.
There are a handful of Bible verses that are often quoted as platitudes. We hear these verses so frequently that they often lose their impact. We may hear them in passing, on the radio, or quoted by well-meaning family or friends. One such verse is Romans 8:28.
Already late, I stood in line to check-in for my doctor’s appointment. I arrived on time, but then the office told me that my appointment had been moved to a different building–across the Kaiser medical campus. Now I stood queued up for a second time, waiting for nearly ten minutes while the receptionist conversed with the person in front of me. Why do I have a tough time waiting? I knew I needed to read some Bible verses about waiting to get my mind straight again.
Do you remember the Staples commercials from years ago where the red EASY button was available and when pressed, it solved everyone’s problems? There was something everyone could relate to about wanting a button to press to instantly find a solution to your issues. What if things were easy?
If you told me I’d be a minivan-driving mama of four when I first got married, I wouldn’t have believed you. I had no idea what lay ahead, and how my faith, becoming a mom, and driving a minivan would shape me.
Motherhood changed me, and my minivan got me there.
Never exposed to the role of blood in biblical Christian theology, I couldn’t fathom what blood had to do with one’s faith. But, as I learned more about God and what he did for me through the actual person of Jesus Christ (not the “Christ idea”), I slowly started to understand this ‘blood of Jesus.’
This past March, I went through the process of selling my 14-year old business, ChurchTechToday. It took a lot of focused energy and effort, but the payoff was huge. Over the summer, I had more time to write and enjoy my family. At the end of September, I celebrated the one-year anniversary of Leaving Christian Science. This book inspired my new book, Write Your Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write Your Life Story Fast.
I was emotionally triggered and couldn’t quite find my way out of that place in the moment. We’d traversed our way into dangerous conversational territory again. Having successfully launched our oldest child and were leaving him after several days of helping settle him for his freshman year, our conversation had shifted to “what’s next.”
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been one year since releasing Leaving Christian Science:10 Stories of New Faith in Jesus Christ into the world. So many good things have come…
It’s hard to have trauma in your past that continually causes you pain, whether you’ve been through emotional trauma, physical trauma, or have complex trauma. I’ve written about my own journey of experiencing trauma and finding the blessings within trials. It’s no picnic, and sometimes I find myself triggered by the same things over and over again.