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51. “Big Flavor, Served Plain”

“Adding anything else to the work Christ does in each person just messes up the flavor. Christ is enough, served plain.”

big flavor

On the gospel being enough without any additives from us.

50. “God Wants to Break Your Heart”

“Perhaps what we’ve thought was God’s silence was His megaphone to help us diligently seek Him. Perhaps God knows that only desperate, broken hearts can receive His transforming love.”

broken heart

On the God who loves us enough to break what will not bend

49. “Reach Out and Touch Someone”

“You can change someone’s entire life, even change the entire course of history if you seize the moments to connect with others.”

reach out and touch someone youtube still

On suicide prevention & the holiday blues

48. “For the Love of God”

“We can’t love the best in people until we can forgive the worst in them. God loves the people you can’t stand.”

5. For the Love of God

On loving, forgiving, and desiring restoration for all

47. “The Rows Behind You”

“A group on inequality, and privilege. Once you “make it,” remember to advocate for the rows behind you.”

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

On advocating beyond the blinding, deafening nature of privilege

46. “Why the Wait?”

“5 points on why a rape victim/survivor would EVER wait to disclose his or her assault.”

Why do rape victims let time (and evidence) slip away?

On why rape victims would let time (and evidence) slip away

45. “He Chose the Mess”

“When you have to choose between a fire and a mess, choose the mess! He took the nails. He conquered death. He chose the mess!”

On the mess of the cross and the choice of Christ

On the mess of the cross and the choice of Christ

44. “Broken Relationships — #FirstSundays Prayer Call”

“Recorded Prayer call on BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS. Playback number on flyer to replay prayer.”

A metallic chain with an explosed link.

On restoration of the most important relationship we could ever break

43. “How I Almost Quit Christianity

“What started with my disdain for others’ bad behavior ended with repentance for my own…when you think you’re not that bat, that’s bad!”

HOW I ALMOST QUIT CHRISTIANITY

On the depths of our depravity pointing to the depths of God’s grace

42. “The 7-Day Gratitude Challenge”

jesus weptDay 1: Jesus Wept

Semper FiDay 2: Faithful When I’m Not

Day 3: Sweetness and Suffering

Day 4: Good News

wisdomDay 5: Wisdom

prayer changes things meDay 6: God Changes

love is inspite not IGDay 7: God Chases

41. “When I Don’t Want God to Be God”

“At the root of our anxiety is a difficulty in trusting the sovereignty of God…but, if God isn’t God, someone else will be…Fear is misplaced faith; likewise, anxiety is misplaced divinity — something else is God.”

1. fear is misplaced faith

On trusting God to do whatever He wants to do

40. “Boundaries: Forgiveness vs. Fellowship”

“FORGIVENESS does not equal ACCESS! 3-minute video from a series on boundaries addressing how we know if we should forgive someone, and let them back ‘in.'”

boundaries

On forgiveness and fellowship being two parts of the same healing process

39. “The Pain to Push”

“Your path will be filled with pain, but once you’re in position, the pain will get you to push and lead to you birthing the vision within you! (Expect Resistance vlog)”

godly suffering

On choosing NOT to be numb to the pain that prospers us

38. “Choosing Regrets”

“‘If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.’ (Ecclesiastes 11:42-minute video – You can’t choose every outcome, but you can choose your regrets.”

leap in the dark

On choosing action vs. inaction as it relates to life regrets

37. “The Beautiful Things Project”

“Everyone has a story, and it makes all of our lives more beautiful to listen. Join me in The Beautiful Things Project where you can share YOUR beautiful things.”

up to you beauty

On God still doing new, beautiful things in old, ugly places

36. “God Restores: Video Testimony”

Videoed testimony of God’s all-encompassing grace throughout my life: When I didn’t care to live, God was determined to save. In my hatred and rejection, He pursued, and in my open rebellion, He forgave. “

restoreth my soul

On God’s relentless pursuit and restoration

35. “Life Soundtrack”

“Many powerful life experiences are inextricably tied to healing melodies that will forever have an emotional impact on us and be indelibly etched into the fabric of our lives (PLAYLIST).”

Melodies & testimonies that have gotten us through life’s rough patches

34. “The Two Halves of Life”

“In the second half of life, we begin to feel a righteous indignation for societal wrongs that we know we may never completely correct or even address in our lifetime, but we find it worth our tears, our anger, our voice, anyhow.

falling upward

Thoughts on a Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

33. “Mourning Unknown Unknowns”

There are too many brilliant unknowns we’ll never even know we missed out on because some careless comments damped the lamp that could’ve blazed a path for so many.

brighten each light

On a sorrow for the missed beauty we didn’t know we so desperately needed

32. “The Usual Suspects”

“‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist,’ but I believe his most common lie is that God’s promises are not for you.”

by all means paint

On a Truth that will silence the loudest lies

31. “What a Mess!”

“Grace refuses to have an exclusive target, yet is determined to never miss its intended mark. What a mess the cross surely was. What a mess His grace still is. It gets everywhere!

On the mess the cross surely was and the mess His grace still is

30. “The Most Important Thing”

“The most important things in life cannot be bought or sold. A few intangibles come to mind, but what IS the most important thing?

On considering the most important things and the single most important thing

29. “Distance Makes No Difference”

“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet, distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.

distant from god

On God drawing near, even when we are far

28. “How To Write a Suicide Note”

“Each of us can play a significant role in helping others through an otherwise difficult season. Be thankful for blessings, yes, but also be a blessing.”

reach out and touch someone

On depression, suicide, and how to bring hope into others’ lives

27. “Where to Find Yourself”

“As Christians, we often find ourselves mired in service to others. Service is great, but unfortunately, it’s entirely possible to lose ourselves in things that are good. This post is about where to find ourselves.”

find yourself

On the ease of losing yourself in ministry and where to find yourself 

26. “Wounds of the Spirit”

“The reality is: some wounds we may live with until Christ returns, and He wants us to continue crying out to Him, ANYHOW, with absolute faith that He’ll answer.”

wounded heart

On the purpose and persistence of some wounds and the presence of God in it all

25. “ALL That Is Within Me”

“I’ve realized God can handle all of me, my emotions, my joy, my pain, my desires and disappointments, all of me. I’m determined to bless the Lord with ALL that is within me.”

ALL that is within me...~Psalm 103:1

On what it means to be loved by God and to love Him with your ALL

24. “Amazing Jesus”

“Of course Jesus is amazing, but this is about what amazed Jesus. I’m no longer satisfied with my faith until it amazes an amazing God.”

Amazing Jesus

On having the amazing faith that amazes God

23. “Break My Box”

“God, I pray You’re not who I think You are, and I don’t want You to be who I want You to be. When we petition God, our requests are ‘exceedingly, abundantly’ smaller than what God is eager to do for us. My wants are too small; my God is too big. Father, break my box.”

Break Your Box

On a God much bigger than our thoughts and the space holding them

22. “on NOT raising rapists…”

“I want my children to wait for marriage, but should they choose not to do so, I want them to wait for consent. We need to teach our children, explicitly, that whomever they’re having sex with should be making a clear, conscious choice.”

Paradigm Shift

On proactively raising a safe generation through explicit teaching

21. “Gone in 60 Seconds”

Personal Testimony: “I immediately began walking in wholeness exactly two weeks after I was ready to give up!”

“God is more powerful than anybody’s past, no matter how wretched. He can make us forget – not by erasing the memory but by taking the sting and paralyzing effect out of it” ~Jim Cymbala

On the God who has immediate healing in the hem of His garment

20. “I’d Rather Die”

“So instead of just finding a reason to live, God’s given a better reason to say, ‘I’d rather die.'”

On finding a new reason to live, and better yet, a new reason to die

19. “When God Repents”

“Time after time, we see God’s repentance is all about our deliverance. When God repents, it’s for our reconciliation with Him…God wants us to be as eager about repentance as He is.”

when god repents

On the God who changes His mind for our good

18. “Denser Alloy: Equipped for Your Calling”

“There’s something absolutely magnificent about knowing you were specially equipped to live out your purpose…God has already equipped you with the life circumstances you need to live out your calling.”

equipped

On being equipped for your calling and already being enough

17. “My Two Cents”

“These two coins don’t look like much, but they’re still as valuable as the day they were minted…battered and bruised as you may be, you are treasured by God and still worth the blood of Jesus!”

Still Worth Two Cents!

On knowing your worth aside from what life experiences you encounter

16. “Blown Out, But On the Road”

“I pray everyone reading this and others who see that picture are inspired with the hope that things don’t have to be restored to perfection before getting back on the road.”

Blown Out, But on the Road

On getting back on the road, even when you’re not fully restored YET

15. “I’m Here. I’m Free, Now.”

“Amanda Berry’s words, “I’m here. I’m free now..” will probably echo into eternity and speak hope into the millions of women who will hear them and repeat the same.”

here free now

On being able to utter those words Amanda Berry uttered, “I’m here. I’m free, now.”

14. What God is NOT

“I believe that God IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him; however, I woke up thanking God for what He is not!” (Bulleted List)

God is Not Fair, But He IS Just

On being grateful for who God is AND who He is not

13. Cast Down, But Not Destroyed

“It is in the quiet crucible of your personal private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born, and God’s greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you’ve been through.” 

cast down

On coming to God with your personal, private sufferings so He can put you together in compensation for your pain

12. “Convicted to Confront”

“The reality is, God doesn’t want us to take a passive stance on confrontation. Choosing not to  confront is as selfish as not caring that others be restored.”

On how and why we should engage in loving confrontation

11. “God Delivered Me From…”

“God delivers. Redemption is real. Where sin abounds, His grace MUCH MORE abounds (Romans 5:20)!” 

Two awesome videos on what God delivers us from (I prefer the bottom video)

Two awesome videos on what God delivers us from (I prefer the bottom video)

10. “LIVE the Word”

“Let’s actively LIVE the Word, instead of passively waiting for it to cloak us. I declare that all God’s promises I’ve yet to see fulfilled will find me expectantly waiting and ever worshiping!” 

On being a doer of the Word and confidently living out His promises

On being a doer of the Word and confidently living out His promises

9. “Skin Deep”

“What makes me beautiful? Joining with God in acknowledging His beauty in every single thing He’s created, recognizing beauty where others, and even I, used to see ugliness, not only seeing, but reflecting God’s beauty makes us beautiful.” 

Perceiving outer beauty requires possessing inner beauty.

On perceiving outer beauty by possessing inner beauty: You are what you see

8. The Glory of it All

“Too often, we miss the beauty of God; we’re so pigeonholed into viewing Him in just one way, that we totally miss the glory of it all. But thank God for those revealing moments.” (2 two-minute, awesome videos)

glory of it all

On seeing the beauty God’s creating by taking on HIS perspective

7. Greater Works

“The reasons and methods are clear. We will do greater works for His glory and our good, and we will be able to do them because they are not our works to do, but the works of our Father “

greater works

On the purpose and promise of doing greater works.

6. But, It Doesn’t Look Good

“Christianity, at the outset, does not seem very appealing: rejoice in sufferingscount trials as joy, we’re blessed when persecuted, but there’s an excellent reason for this.

plastic burger

On why Christianity doesn’t have to LOOK good because we serve a God who IS good

5. Preparing for the Storm

“In the midst of the storm, there is very little time to think…we have to have that firm foundation in God’s word before the storms arise”

He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him.

Life’s storms are coming – On being prepared before the winds blow

4. Garment of Praise for the Spirit of Heaviness

“Don a spirit of praise and you will have no choice but to feel God’s presence, for His Word declares that He inhabits the praises of His people

garment of praise

On donning the garment of praise and the God who inhabits our praise

3. Further Out to Sea

Why wouldn’t they just head to shore? Because the captain knew what he was doing and knew the best and safest place for the ship and its passengers was further out at sea.

Helen Keller on Suffering

On trusting the Captain, even when storms get worse.

2. Broken for His Purpose

“Have we considered that our trials may be solely for the purpose of meeting someone else in the depth of their pain, used solely for the purpose of bringing someone else to Christ, solely for the purpose of bringing HIM glory?”

HIS purpose for your life may bring pain, but will remove stain.

On finding significance in your suffering

1. Adjust Your Sails

“My prayer is that all who chance upon this blog will be encouraged to live fully.”

On what she hopes her children will tell THEIR children about her.

On weathering life’s sunny AND stormy days…Adjust Your Sails

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5 responses to “Archives (List)

  1. Thank you adjustedsails for sharing some uplifting thoughts and we can be grateful that God is always with us in the storms of life ( see below ) and that in every way He is Fair because He is Love and can be no other way.

    I give thanks too that He does not willingly afflict us for any reason, His plans for us are good not evil, but He does use everything in our lives for good because we willingly Love and obey Him.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  2. Yes so True adjustedsails and as Scripture confirms He does not cause the pain, we reap what we sow, or what others do to us and Satan who controls this world puts us to the test but God protects our soul and will will not be tempted beyond our strength to remain firm, in Jesus we have our way out, He is our Armour and as we put our flesh to death by The Spirit and are perfected in Love we will walk in victory.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    God chose us and so we will be conformed into the image of Jesus because He knew we would come to heart repentance and walk in Holiness and in righteousness just as He is righteous.

    Colossians 3:4-6 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

    Romans 8: 12-15 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father

    James 4:7-10 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you.Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    Colossians 3 :1-17 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

    Galatians 24 -26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Romans 8:1-4 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 9) No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    Christan Love from both of us – Anne

    • are you referring to THESE comments, anne? the home page WAS my about page for a brief period of time, but the comments stay on the HOME PAGE b/c u commented on the “home” page, not necessarily the about page. thanks for your other comments. i’ll approve them when i read through them. i’m sorry you thought i’d deleted your comments, and hopefully we can continue to RESPECTFULLY agree or disagree about things God impresses upon us in various ways. i will maintain that the Word of God says He hardens hearts. i don’t say it of my own accord. it doesn’t just say “and they hardened their hearts toward them…” it says He hardens their hearts. i think the example of the sun and wax versus the sun and clay are rather relevant. thanks for the examples you’ve shared. have a great day!

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