I Shouldn’t Have To Suffer So

I Shouldn’t Have To Suffer So It has become a widely believed and accepted notion that somehow being a Christian should get folks a ‘get outta everything troublesome card.’ It’s almost like we’ve become of the mind that we shouldn’t have to experience any stress, pain, hardship, or strife. When we do, our first response […]

If Only Things Were Different

If Only Things Were Different Do our circumstances define us? This is a popular belief of which a number of us hold. That somehow, if things weren’t the way they are, that somehow we would be different. Otherwise, we tend to use our circumstances to excuse our actions. We have begun to adopt the line […]

Why Are You Such A Downer?

Why Are You Such A Downer? One of the most unpleasant things many people experience is depression. A common misconception I’ve not only fallen prey to but have also witnessed being demonstrated within the church is: The Answer To Depression Must First Be Sought Through Medication Or Therapy. While there may be nothing wrong with […]

Self-Control

Self-Control Once we believe that we can’t help how we feel, it becomes easy to start believing that we also can’t control how we act as a result of how we feel. It suddenly becomes okay to lose control. We allow ourselves to become controlled by our emotions, acting without thought, and taking action simply […]

I Can’t Help It

I Can’t Help It It is quite possible that we can’t help how we feel. We may not be able to avoid feeling apprehensive about exams, physicals, or bills. We may not be able to avoid feeling annoyed when the person in line in front of us pulls out a humungous stack of coupons, but […]

It Has To Be True, I Feel It…

It Has To Be True, I Feel It… We’ve heard it in movies, perhaps even read it in books. That affirmation of belief in something, and why? Because of a feeling in their gut. At the same time, we’ve also seen this: You can’t cry, only the weak cry. It’s not good to be angry, […]

Some Thoughts about Patience

Preparing emotionally for my son’s upcoming surgery has my nerves about as cool as a whistling teapot. I’m in dire need of patience and wisdom. It did my heart good to see God providing this in some of my reading this week.

Just pray God is patient with me, as I’ve let myself lose valuable time and focus on Him.

I think we all could learn a little patience sometimes. For the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, nor does looking back make things any better. Sometimes, we simply need to learn to wait, understand, and trust even when we don’t have all the answers.

The Life Project

Ecclesiastes 7:8-14

Our most excellent adventure now moves into the second of the sections in chapter seven: Patience. Yes dear reader, I am going over this one carefully myself, since patience is really not my strongest suit! The topic is set clearly enough in verse 8:

The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.

This verse hearkens back to the discussion in the previous section about houses of mourning and the day of death being better than the day of birth; a matter is best concluded in life, rather than begun, for in its conclusion we know if we have concluded it properly and in a way pleasing in the eyes of God. Likewise, it is better to be patient than proud. If you stop and think about pride, it might not seem to line up well with patience, for all too often…

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Pesky Emotions

Pesky Emotions As people, we feel. We laugh, we cry. We know disappointment, heartache, as well as joy. This week has proven to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for the Burreson family. Between struggling with the complexity of my own emotions, juggling work and home, advocating for our oldest son, and dealing with […]

I’m Feeling…

I’m Feeling… Emotions can be a driving force. They can also prove a force to be reckoned with. They’re powerful, sometimes overwhelmingly so. When we wrestle with our emotions, we open ourselves up to accept many deceptions.  The easiest one for us to accept is that our feelings should be repressed. Some other lies we believe […]