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Temptation and Desire

“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires. Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin and when sin is fully […]

The crown of life

“Happy is the one who endures testing, for when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 The letter of James barely made it into the bible. At least it was the last book to be admitted into the […]

Death like a wildflower

“Now the believer of humble means should take pride in his high position. But the rich person’s pride should be in his humiliation because he will pass away like a wildflower in the meadow. For the sun rises with it’s heat and dries up the meadow and the petal of the flower falls off and […]

On asking and receiving

“But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he should receive anything from the Lord, since he is a double minded individual, unstable in all his ways.” [James 1:6-8) […]

Need wisdom?

I forgot to include the last part of the sentence on endurance yesterday. “And let endurance have its perfect effect so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.“ Now this transition makes more sense: “But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and […]

Effective Endurance

And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete. [James 1:4 NET] Allowing our faith to be tested develops spiritual endurance. And endurance holds spiritual benefits, enabling us to become whole and complete. But do we value endurance including its marathon process of becoming complete? If you’re distracted by […]

Falling into Joy

My mental file contains several categories for joy: Family. Nature. Silence. Music. Fluffy pets. Recreation. Gourmet food. Joy are the three shiny letters which hold our Christmas stockings. Joy is hearing that belly-giggle, a warm hug, a bowl of soup, the fire after the snow, fluffy dogs waiting at the door for your return. Joy […]

Intro to James [Scripture Log]

Hi friends, Join my scripture journal through James. It’s one of my favorite sacred text I memorized five years ago and have recited a few dozen times to various audiences. James’ voice is passionate and sincere, straightforward and overall encouraging. I keep thinking he is part German because he speaks so directly with little “fluff” […]

Want to join me for scripture journaling?

I’ve been utterly slacking on writing, passing up several opportunities early morning to get down my 500 words. I’ve given up in a sense, succumbing to failure, knowing I’ll never pull myself  together to become a great writer. Thinker, conversation starter if you will. I’ve been waking up at the crack of dawn all on […]

On [aging] turning 39

Last week I turned 39 which surprised me a little since I am not great at keeping track of my own age. It’s just a number I am free to attach meaning to or not, I tell myself. But regardless of what I ponder or ignore, I am growing older. Aging is a process which […]