Tag Archives: BeliefNet

“I’m Not Sick — I’m Righteous”

Years ago, I was at a church family camp function when a person new to the congregation sidled gently to my side and began chit chatting. Abruptly, she then said, “I don’t find this church particularly friendly. Do you?” Initially I … Continue reading

Posted in acceptance, Christian, church, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Relationships, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does Leaving Church Mean Leaving Our Friends?

For many people, the one thing that stands between their leaving a church situation that is not working for them, or staying within and being unhappy, is friendship. Understandably, wherever we spend our time is where we make friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, church, Culture, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Relationships, religion, self-improvement, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Easy to Doubt That God Hears Our Prayers

We’ve all had days when we wish that we were back in bed, before we even climb out of it. Not long ago, I faced a situation — not a major one, but not so minor that it wouldn’t add its weight of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, devotional, Encouragement, Faith, Family, home, Life, Lifestyle, ocean, painting, prayer, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is Following Jesus Easy?

Following Jesus — while it is truly the only way to find peace and contentment on this contentious planet of ours — is not easy, and while many Christians try to convince themselves that they’re on the narrow road of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, Faith, Family, fine art, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, religion, simple living | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Dumbing Down of America Marches on

I have a friend who worked for the medical publication industry — which creates articles and circulars that enjoin: “Get your flu shot and eat those veggies!” Years ago, she explained, this written material was created at various reading levels, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Current Events, Daily Life, Education, Encouragement, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, Life, Lifestyle, media, News, Personal, religion, spirituality, success | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mindless, Meaningless Phrases We Repeat

Life in the world of men consists of partial statements, misinformation, disinformation, and 95 percent of the truth mixed in with 5 percent of the lie, and the winner of the game is the one who recognizes this and doesn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Art, blogging, Christian, Culture, Daily Life, Encouragement, Faith, Family, fine art, home, inspirational, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Relationships, religion, spirituality, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Megachurch Rock Star Pastors

In our younger years, the Norwegian Artist and I bicycled through small-town America, and for housing, we often asked a local church if we could camp in their basement. Encountering everything from open-armed hospitality to outright hostility, we ultimately found ourselves attending … Continue reading

Posted in baking, Christian, Current Events, Daily Life, Faith, Family, home, Life, Lifestyle, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Did That Christian Just Call Your Child a DOG?

Those of you who have lived with, or through, a fifteen-year-old girl know that adolescents of this age generally fight self-esteem issues. Call it hormones, peer pressure, society, or fat days, 15-year-old girls need a lot of love and reassurance … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Art, blogging, children, Christian, Culture, Current Events, Daily Life, devotional, Faith, Family, fine art, home, homeschooling, Life, Lifestyle, painting, Parenting, religion, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments