Here are the top ten posts from the past year.
Man. Who knew this post would be so controversial? But I stand by these words, especially given my December. I desperately want 2014 to be the year that all of us forgive the Church and learn to love her – even at her worst. I pray we speak of her with love and grace, and not just the parts of her that are made up of the people we enjoy, but the parts of her that are made up of the people who we dislike; who have failed us.
How do you know when you want something more than you want God? That’s a question I wrestled with this year. This post is sort of a summary of what I learned (translated essentially from a Piper post).
I wrote this post back in 2010, and it’s still number 3 of my posts for 2013. I did everything wrong when I wrote this: too many typing errors, too heady, a little too long, but I remember tears rolling down my cheeks as I typed it. I hope God keeps using it. In my weakness and failure, may He be strong.
December seems to have unravelled my life a little. Mostly, I’m just working on breathing, but in the moments when I think about what lies ahead, all I know is that it can’t be what came before.
2013 has been a year of biblical womanhood. I’ve had people ask me why I would speak or write on it. It seems divisive and secondary. Here’s the thing: making rules that aren’t in the bible is not something I have ANY interest in. But challenging us to be people who are willing to lay down rights and let their Creator determine who they are? Spending my time on destroying the lie that equality means sameness? That matters to me. That is not secondary.
Huh. Guess God was working on my contentment before I knew about it. Here are some thoughts that came from a Puritan book I read this summer.
Hmm. Starting to notice another trend in my top ten posts…most of them are thoughts based on other people’s thoughts (this one is based on a Desiring God article).
Continuing that theme, this one was from an Edwards essay.
‘Tis the season for people to ask you why you’re single, (as if you know the answer). And ’tis the season for them to then tell you why you’re single, (which usually has to do with how picky you are). My goal for myself and for my friends in this area is always this: be less picky about everything EXCEPT the one thing that you should be more picky about: the guy having a genuine and authentic relationship with the living God.
Man. As I wrap up this year, I think that maybe God made this post end up in my list of the top ten, just to force me to read it again today.
God is surely building Himself a true and loving family out of this bruised and broken world of sinners.