Posts tagged Abby
Invitation to the Pity Party

I can remember the first time I took the SAT.  Early in the morning barely awake, so nervous I felt like I was going to puke.  Here I am ten years later and I can vividly remember it, but I can also look back with the perspective that that test didn't determine the outcome of my life.  Ultimately, it didn't matter.  It definitely felt like it mattered and that the world was going to end if I didn't do well.  

How often do we feel that way through life's little tests?

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Going Through The Motions

My husband and I recently started going to a new church.  We didn't know anyone; we didn't know a lot of the songs sang at worship.  Because it was the first Sunday of the month, they had communion.  Finally, something familiar.  

Same wafers, same plastic cups with juice, same Scripture read.  It was a relief to have something familiar among all of the difference.  

That is until the cup was blessed.  The pastor said a prayer and we drank.  I nearly spit out my juice, I looked at my husband and he had nearly done the same.  It was not the familiar grape juice we had expected, instead it was...

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Deciphering God's Will

Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to reside there as an alien, for the famine was severe in the land.
Genesis 12:10

Two of our most primal instincts are fight and flight.  When the going gets tough, we tend to fall back on one of these two defaults.

In Genesis 12:10-20, Abraham faced a famine in the land God called him.  Instead of sticking it out to see how God would provide in the situation, Abraham fled to Egypt.  Abraham let the circumstance dictate his direction.  We tend to fall back on this same default, we let the uncertainty of tough circumstances make us flee from what God has for us.

When the going gets tough, how do the tough know what the Godly thing to do is instead of letting the circumstance tell us what to do?

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