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Envy on Social Media

10/1/2014Posted by Helene

 

"Look at what we had for supper!  Don't you wish you were me? YUM," my husband sent with this photo of rutabaga, grilled fish and homemade hush puppies. If that doesn't seem enviable to you, it's cause you haven't eaten my rutabaga . 
"I expect some when we get there you big old chump face!" my father-in-law happily replied. 
Although it was just a joke, text messages, Instagram, Facebook and the like make it easier than ever to grind our successes and pleasures into the faces of others.  It's the "Neener-neener" syndrome.  Otherwise known as provoking our brother to envy/covet.
You haven't ever suffered from it have you? 
Lots of times it's just a joke - a way to connect and make a far away family member smile.  But sometimes, we post a picture with no other purpose than to show off.

Beauty Tips

9/29/2014Posted by Helene

 

In an effort to bring some fresh energy to our blog we've decided that once a week we'll offer beauty and fashion tips. 
Stop laughing.
If you know Melissa or I personally you would know that neither of us are women obsessed with our looks.  I think I've worn mascara 3 times in my whole life (it might be 4), and Melissa is not a fashion plate either.
I'm happy to say on Monday we will be offering tips on a different kind of beauty.   Paul describes it this way:


Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
 
In case you missed it, he is suggesting that we should skip the bling, the new 'do, and the Louis Vuitton shoes and go straight for good works as an accessory.

Comfort in a Scary World

9/26/2014Posted by Melissa

 

I usually have an optimistic disposition; I've never been a "doom and gloom" kind of person.  I never thought that President Obama would destroy the country and try to make all Americans turn into Muslims.  I don't worry that my preacher will go to jail next year for refusing to marry a homosexual couple. But sometimes when I watch the news, I get so discouraged that I want to weep with sorrow.  Human trafficking, passenger planes shot out of the air, Christians sentenced to death because of their faith are all stories to make me long for heaven and an end to the suffering on earth.
I know that I'm not the first person to look around me and be upset with what I see in the world.  David hid from evil men for much of his life, and the society he lived in was no better than ours today.

Be What You Have Become

9/24/2014Posted by Melissa

 

This summer, I had gotten out of the habit of listening to faith based talk radio, and had switched the dial to the more political stations.  It didn't take long for me to notice my outlook on life taking a downward spiral,  so I decided to go back to listening to more uplifting things.  Wouldn't you know it, the first day I did so I ended up hearing a repeat sermon! Thankfully, it was one that really made an impression on me, and the second time was just as encouraging as the first!
Stuart Briscoe was speaking on Jesus's prayer before his arrest, often called the high priestly prayer.  At one point in the sermon, Mr. Briscoe zeroed in on Jesus's use of the word "sanctify." He pointed out  that the word simply means "set apart for a purpose," but that there are two senses of the word for a Christian.