"Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came, He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses the conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God." Oswald Chambers
Note: This week's blog is a follow-up to last week's piece on public shaming. You can read that post by clicking Here.
I touched on some tender places last week, dear readers. I got a variety of responses and messages - most were positive with a few questions. Not surprisingly, there were also a couple of "hide this post" clicks for those who didn't care to engage. I wrote that piece because my heart was broken. And I wrote it because I believe that Christians are capable of talking about hard things without shutting down or losing our cool.
I saw. It was in the news - Charlotte this time, with some scriptural scribbles along the "tip" line of a dinner bill. Another group of my fellow "Christians" made headlines again for acting like fools. They're usually the ones who do, the foolish, because they make such a sensational six-o'clock newscast.
I slowly sink into my chair, sand gripping my feet. I'm not bothered. They feel just the right amount of sticky and gritty, a reminder of our gorgeous surroundings. We just got here, but the boys are already diving through the waves - clunky goggles and smiles in tact. Smells of barbecue pork roll across the beach and the chatter of sunbathers creates a hum that makes my eyelids heavy. Instead of fighting the much needed rest, I throw a broad rimmed hat over my face and daydream for a while.
Writer April White created Red Chair Moments as an opportunity to share God’s unchanging grace in the ever-changing facets of life. Red Chair Moments is a diverse collection of real-life short stories, written to inspire and encourage others in their journeys with Christ.
April has a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from James Madison University. As a pharmacist, she is more comfortable discussing the colon in our body, than the colons in punctuation.
When not on the sport field sideline, April escapes to her craft room. She enjoys sewing, quilting, card making, and creating stained glass. Visit April at www.RedChairMoments.com.
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Believer. Wife. Mom. Writer. Marriage and Family Therapist. Accidental Speaker. Crossfitter and Total Book Nerd.
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