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Begin Again

I’m feeling dry in mid-July as I take to a familiar scene…

…where Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo are, once again…
…deep in nightscape dialogue.
Like them, it’s been a year where nocturnal serenity has frequented my cul-de-sac of vulnerability.
Perhaps this is why I’m watching this, I think to myself.

After all, it’s not every day you catch a cinematic glimpse of what you and God do so often once the kids go down.

Walk and talk.

Walk and talk.
The perfect end to an imperfect day.
But this time…things are different. For once, I’m inside and idle, content in a still of a different kind.

Riding the rarity, I dive in, the laughs and prose all working towards this one moment…

…sealed by a mic drop for the soul. And yet, this story, in more ways than one, is just beginning.

For as credits roll, I approach the screen…

…to shelve a case of what was seen…
…only to balk and wonder why. Why don’t I want to leave this moment, I wonder.

Perhaps it’s a sequence, a song, an emotional call. Perhaps th…

Bearing Forbearance: A SOAP Study on Philippians 4:4-5

Scripture: Phil. 4:4-5

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.Let your reasonableness[d] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.” (ESV)

d – or gentleness (NIV) or graciousness (HCSB) or considerate (NLT)

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” (MSG)

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. ” (AMP)

Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your [b]forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (ASV)

Other mentions of forbearance…

"O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away;…

3 Ways to Overcome a Fear of Rejection

No doubt, we all burn to belong. Makes sense…considering we were made for relationship…to put on love and commune in harmony (Romans 12:16; 1 Corinthians 1:10, Colossians 3:14). 
But let’s be honest…such desires aren’t always realized, are they. 
Relocations…busyness…life changes…even the walls we put up…cycle through as hindrances interfering with our need to find unity in community. 
Yet, perhaps the greatest obstacle we face when we talk about healthy relationships is the fear of rejection.
Now, I admit: I’m still progressing through my own set of relational insecurities. But while I may have much to learn, I’ve also grown a great deal having persevered through idolatrous pursuits of acceptance in my early 20's, in addition to recent challenges as a bivocational minister. So when I say a fear of rejection is one of the most paralyzing strongholds, you can take my word to the bank. As far as dealing with this fear type, you’ve probably heard much on the topic already. 
Yet, for bivoc…

Gettin' Iggy With It: Why 'Savior' Is a Wake Up Call

So this may sound weird, but I think my biggest non-football related takeaway from Super Bowl Sunday was Iggy Azalea’s new debut, ‘Savior’, thrumming throughout the new Monster commercial.
I know for many of us, when I say ‘Iggy’, the explicit I-tunes icon immediately pops up (which for the record…doesn’t apply in this case); however, while the song’s actual message is up for debate, dare to consider Quavo’s chorus which three times reiterates…
…I’ve been looking for a savior (featuring "someone to hold on to" at the end of line 3 and ‘…to save me’ on line 4).
Now, I know there’s a good chance Iggy is pulling the whole ‘woman not needing a man for identity and worth’ theme (which shout-out to Nick Young…you may play for the Warriors, but bro…you owe this girl an apology. Be a playa on the court, not off of it. Ya mean?).
Sorry, Bill Simmons, NBA geek fan moment there…
But seriously, I couldn’t help but resonate to this heart cry from a witness perspective.
Sure, what we, as believ…