From the Recovery Files…

I’ve been trying to get back here to write regularly since my knee replacement in April, but as you may have noticed, I haven’t been successful. I’ve got a dozen posts half begun but left undone when fatigue set in. Writing for my monthly blog (http://onetruelove.blog) takes less brain space, and I’ve posted there a…

March 23–March Madness

The wind is roaring outside this morning. I love the drama of March weather--sometimes winter, sometimes spring. It's mostly still cold where I am in the north Georgia mountains, but some days breakthrough to warm. It was wild rain and wind, tornadoes and school closings last week, and it was a balmy day planting pots…

March 11–Spies and Other Blind Eyes

My mother didn't coddle whiners. If she thought I was overreacting in a situation, her standard go-to line was, "Keep it up, and I'll give you something to cry about!" My standard go-to complaint was about my brothers wrestling my cat. They’d put a towel over her head and roll her around 'til she was…

January 6–A Tale of Two Citizens

It's agonizing to care more about another person than they care about themselves. The foolish choices, the difficult consequences, the broken promises. It's tempting to want to bail them out, to renegotiate the boundaries, to try to find a way to set the bar so low they can be successful...until you realize you're enabling their…

December 21–Tidings to Enjoy

Grandchildren are the second chance we get to correct our parenting mistakes and simply celebrate. I'm gonna take a cue from my grandboys and just enjoy the noise and toys this week. Of course, God doesn't have any parenting mistakes to correct, and he sure knows how to enjoy the grandkids. Zechariah 1 Zechariah was…

December 8

It's enough to make me wonder if I have a strange variant of bipolar disorder. As a parent, I've felt completely furious with my disobedient teenagers while at the same time felt overwhelming compassion for them. I've been angry for their stupidity in making bad choices and yet tender hearted for their suffering of those…

November 27

Think of your most humbling moment. Now think of telling it as your most defining moment on national news and social media. This is what happens in the story today, only the main character's experience of his humiliation-turned-triumph gives the glory to someone else, not himself. Only God could produce such an about-face. Daniel 4…

November 26

By coincidence--or maybe not--the story today involves talking turkey about who God is and isn't. It was that second piece of Derby pie that has me wondering--who is God for me, really? Because it's more than bellies that God wants to honor him: it's hearts and minds, too. Daniel 2:24-3:30 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has…

November 18

Divorce as a strategy for renewing marriage? National failure turned into worldwide blessing? I wouldn't lay odds, but God would. Only he could pull off something like this. But it shouldn't surprise anyone. He's been doing the impossible since Genesis 1. Ezekiel 36-37 The backstory is this: God's bride, the nation of Judah, has been…

November 5

Ezekiel 12-14:11 Ezekiel has shared his visions of God with the exiles in Babylon where he lives. Evidently they didn't get the message God intended, which was to repent for their idolatry. The people want more information--different information--than what Ezekiel's shared. So the elders come to see him to "inquire of the Lord," 14:1-3. Rather…

November 4

Ezekiel 9-11:25 Ezekiel tells the rest of his third vision, begun in chapter 8 yesterday. While Jeremiah and Lamentations gave us peeks into what the judgment of Jerusalem would be like from the people's perspective, here we get a behind-the-scenes look at what will happen from God's perspective. God's just shown Ezekiel four places of…

November 1

Ezekiel 1-3:15 I'm having trouble sitting down. Already I've had 4 cups of coffee and edited my last post 19 times. I recheck my stats. Only two reads so far, and neither all the way through. It must need more editing. But yesterday's post isn’t what’s really bothering me--it's today's. Hebrews is daunting enough. But…

October 25

Jeremiah 48-49:22 God has already brought judgment on his people in Judah. Here, God pronounces judgment against Judah's neighbors, those who have been enemies from the days of Moses until the time of Jeremiah. Beginning with chapter 46 til chapter 51, this section of judgments is thought to have been circulated separately from the rest…

October 21

Jeremiah 37-38 It's about fifteen years later. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has come a second time and taken away captives from Judah. Jehoiakim's son, Jehoachin, held the throne for a few months but was captured and taken to Babylon. He was replaced by his father's brother, Zedekiah, another son of the good king, Josiah. The…