Jar of Tears

Connie Jeffery — I have always been a happy, bubbly person, at least on the outside. My friends often describe me as “the Energizer Bunny.” I zip around from task to task with energy, enthusiasm, and a joie de vivre that has been described as contagious.  But over the past couple of years, that energy has been depleted—the lack of joy, palpable. By Christmas of last year, after recovering from a bout of the flu, I found myself at my lowest point. I started using words like “overwhelmed,” “stressed,” and “tired” to describe myself. I found it hard to get [...]

Jar of Tears2018-08-02T11:25:10+00:00

Who Are You?

Becky De Oliveira — The movie Anger Management features the following exchange between a man in a group therapy session and his therapist: “So, Dave, tell us about yourself. Who are you?” “Well, I am an executive assistant at a major pet products company.” “I don’t want you to tell us what you do. I want you to tell us who you are.” “All right. I’m a pretty good guy. I like playing tennis on occasion . . .” “Also, not your hobbies, Dave, just simple: Tell us who you are.” “I’m a nice, easygoing man.” “Dave, you’re describing your personality. I want to [...]

Who Are You?2018-07-20T11:56:34+00:00

Turning Aside

By Ray Tetz — None of us really know how we might respond in any given situation, although I agree with the old Flemish proverb that things said while drunk were thought out beforehand. Putting a bumper sticker on your car that says “God hates fags” or  “Christians suck” demonstrates a certain mindset that can’t be easily explained away. Perhaps you did it in the heat of the moment, in response to something upsetting. Maybe your blood sugar was low. No matter. That bumper sticker tells the world a great deal about who you are. I often wonder what I [...]

Turning Aside2018-07-12T10:40:09+00:00

He Will Take Great Delight in You

By Mark Witas — “We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people” (1 Thessalonians 1:4, NLT). Do you know what it’s like to be loved, to be truly loved? I had not dated anyone since I gave my heart to Christ at 22 years of age. For a year I didn’t even look toward anyone resembling a female. Then one day at church a nice old lady pulled on my sleeve and said, “Have you seen the new girl?” She directed my gaze toward a girl standing across the [...]

He Will Take Great Delight in You2018-07-06T11:10:58+00:00