The Cure for the Common Cookie

The Cure for the Common Cookie

"The will is a rational appetite—rational as guided by the mind and an appetite as excited by the affections, and so in its operation or actings has respect to both, is influenced by both." – John Owen We are mere hours into the New Year and the annual advertisements for weight loss programs are in full swing. The expectation that Americans have over-indulged during the holidays is taken for granted. As we less-than-eagerly approach our closets, having disposed of the evidence of our Continue reading

Retrospection, Reflection, and Resolutions

Retrospection, Reflection, and Resolutions

I have arrived at the last day of 2017 with little aplomb. I went to bed early. I woke up later than usual. I went to church. And I'm currently listening to my youngest child read a story. In short, just another Sunday. The last day of the year, people tend to celebrate "New Year's Eve." They reflect on what happened and what they want to change in the "new year". There is usually special food and drink and many people stay up until midnight to imbibe. I'm a morning person and evenings are Continue reading

Mis-Answered Prayer

Mis-Answered Prayer

"Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!" Psalm 4:1 My friend's brother died Sunday. He was fighting cancer. He very suddenly lost the battle. I am shaken by the news because I love my friend and I have prayed for her brother for several years. His passing reiterates to me the brokenness of this world and the tremendous pain that results from the sting of death. I also wonder why God allowed him Continue reading