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When “Why Not?” Isn’t Good Enough

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the book of Daniel lately. This is my current favorite book in the Bible. If you’ve read the blog for very long, you’ll also know that I’ve written a fair amount on it (and I actually should pick up on that again soon).

In the past few days, I’ve been particularly struck by Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank…” Daniel’s choice was radical. It rubs greatly against the grain of our Western culture. Daniel wasn’t looking for what was permissible; he was setting his heart on what was holy. In other words, he was setting his heart on what was transcendent to the society he found himself in.

Technically, Daniel did not have to take a raw+vegan+water diet in order to maintain a basic level of righteousness. This is actually quite an important point: Daniel didn’t choose his diet because it was required of him by God or by the Law. Let’s think about what he could have been eating and drinking. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2009 in Bible, Daniel

 

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Don’t Get Mad… Get Hungry

Okay, so it doesn’t rhyme. But I think it’s fitting advice for believers at this particular juncture in history.

I have seen a number of blog posts, email chains, websites, and the like, that are expressing anger against President Obama. The ones that have specifically come to my attention have been written by Christians. On one hand, I understand where this is coming from. After all, the reasons I chose not to vote for our current president are the same reasons most people are mad at him right now. It’s good to be passionate about important issues and to take a firm stand for what is right. But on the other hand, I can’t help but feeling that our anger is not actually furthering righteousness. At all. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in Intercession, Revival

 

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There’s that Smell Again!

…And it’s not a pleasant one. Why, I do believe it’s the spirit of this age reeking again.

Allow me to share my story.

A few days ago, I took a vacation day to recover from my crazy-packed-schedule-admin-ness. I hadn’t had a day off in about a month, and it seemed like time to take one. So I found myself with a free day, an untouched gift card from Christmas, and a friend’s wedding coming up this weekend. Seemed like a perfect time to invest in a new dress. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2009 in Life Happens...

 

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Why Daniel 4? Why Now?

During these past elections, the book of Daniel was continually on my mind. I am more convinced than ever that this book is intensely practical to our day, and one of the most relevant things we can read regarding our current politcal climate.

To start with, no matter who you voted for, we all need to pray for our president-elect. Not only is this a biblical command (1Tim 1:1-2), the book of Daniel tells us clearly that God has set him in place (Daniel 2:21). There is absolutely no way that the sovereignty of God was foiled by the democratic process. The electoral college didn’t pull a fast one on the Lord of glory and slip the “wrong” guy into place. God raises up kings and removes kings. Period. His leadership is perfect.

However, just because God has set him in place doesn’t mean that we kick back and relax, assuming everything is now going to be coming up roses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Bible, Daniel, Intercession

 

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Forty Days – Looking Back

A funny thing, this fasting business. Forty days, come and gone, and I find myself to be a collection of mixed emotions.

Forty days is quite a long time. But I can’t believe it’s over already. Part of me feels like I should still have, say, a week left to go. But I’m glad I don’t have a week left. If you’re not tracking with me, don’t worry; I’m not entirely sure what I’m talking about, either. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Checking in

So I don’t have much to say, but I did want to drop by with a couple of points I’ve been gleaning from this fast:

  • I like eating. I like it more than I actually need it.
  • I also (gasp) kind of like fasting. That’s not in a, “Oh boy, this is so much fun, I wish I never had to eat again” way. Rather, it’s in a way that says, “It’s nice to actually put the brakes on for a few weeks and not have to think about what I’m eating, when I’m eating, where I’m getting money to eat, or whether I should be eating better — just pray and actually focus on getting breakthrough in my heart”.
  • I don’t like being weak. Perhaps more appropriately put, I don’t like acknowledging and dealing with my weakness. But I know it’s worth it.
  • If you read Isaiah 40-66 and don’t walk away thinking that God is really, really merciful, you need to go back and read it again. Especially in the 50’s.
  • God has practically bent over backwards to reveal Himself to us. He’s not distant — I just tend to be pretty dull.
  • My roommates are amazing, and I am so grateful I have people to run with in this.
  • God is really kind and patient with me.
  • God is really good at highlighting what it is in my heart that we need to work on.
  • God is faithful to give grace to those who ask Him for it.

Day 20 is over. Halfway there! Keep pressing in with what you have determined in your heart to do for this season.

 

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Weakness and Adrenaline Don’t Gel

So I was walking towards the coffee shop today at about 9:30pm. I had my computer bag over one arm and my purse, Bible, and water bottle in the other. I was just minding my own business when it happened. Something multi-legged and winged rammed into my right temple, right by my ear. Judging by the fact that I could hear wings FLAPPING — not buzzing, mind you, flapping, sounding like a bird — it was big.

Being the mature, calm, collected woman that I am, I did what any indoor-dwelling, pesticide-using, red-blooded person would do. I freaked out.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so unhindered by the weight of my computer bag before. Big heavy satchel or no big heavy satchel, I was swatting, shooing and clawing like I was carrying nothing at all. Miraculously I didn’t drop (or more like,”maniacally throw”) anything. Neither did I rip out my earring, although I was pretty close.

It was then that it hit me. Whooooaa……

Thought of any kind stopped. Motion of any kind stopped. I glazed over. Five seconds later I came back and wondered what exactly had just happened. I might have blacked out a little, but it was dark out anyway so I’m not sure. Praise the Lord I didn’t faint right there in the parking lot. That would have been embarrassing. I can just imagine waking up to a group of concerned people huddled around me, asking, “What happened? Are you all right?” and me replying, “Yeah… um, see, there was this bug…” 

So the moral of the story is that if you’re fasting, try not to let bugs run into you.

Oh yeah… and also, try not to find a small red bug crawling through your hair two minutes later. That’s not fun either.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2008 in Life Happens..., Random

 

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