Monthly Archives: February 2014

“I love you, but …”

You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.

–Ephesians 5:8-10, The Message

During a conversation with one of my son’s friends, she gave her opinion that Christianity is nothing more than a list of dos and don’ts—especially don’ts. When she considered her relatives who were professing Christians, she saw no joy, but only judgment. (No, I didn’t comment on that bit of irony.)

Instead, I talked to her about my marriage. Roger and I had been married for about 20 years at that point—long enough that it seemed more than a passing fancy. But here’s the thing. I’ve never come home and said to him, “Honey, I met this great guy today. I love you … But do you mind if I go out on a date or two with him? You do? Oh. Well, would it be all right if we just hold hands, then? No? How unreasonable can you be!”

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Thursday Intermission

Apparently this week I’m the one who’s in need of a break! My apologies for the late posting.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a smile right about now. So how about this mouse? He’s narrating his exploratory mission, so we can watch along.

I don’t tend to think of museum tours as boring, necessarily, although a lot depends on the docent giving the tour. However, as someone who has gone on field trips with middle schoolers (younger than this group, of course), I understand that some people may not share my feelings. (Yes, it’s an ad; no, I’ve never tried and do not promote the product. But I do promote the humor!)

So, until tomorrow …

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“God loves me. What’s next?”

Frustration edged her voice. “I get that God loves me. But what am I supposed to do when work is giving me fits?”

What indeed?

The difficult thing about Christianity is that it isn’t accomplished with 10 simple steps. There’s no autopilot, no “easy” mode.

An understanding that God loves us is crucial; but also crucial is the question of what we do with that love.

What happens when you hear the words, “I love you”? It’s quite a statement to make to someone, isn’t it? The thing is, it’s a sentence that requires a response. Our whole culture knows this; everything from romantic comedies to dramas, from songs to commercials have hinged on one person’s response to another’s profession of love.

How much more does the love of God require a response?

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Lord of the Everyday?

Have you ever had one of those days—or weeks, or months—when things just seem to grow worse and worse? I’m not speaking here of times of crisis, when something is drastically wrong. But what about when life becomes a daily grind?

Where is God then? Where is He when the boss is demanding, the clients unreasonable? When the children clamor for attention while the stack of unwashed dishes threatens to cascade onto the pile of dirty laundry?

Where is He when we don’t have the luxury of time to seek Him?

He is a God of love, of eternity, of heaven. But what about the everyday?

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome!

As you know, on Thursdays, we take a break from routine. And at this point, I think I need to say something: I am NOT on The Piano Guys’ marketing team. I don’t know them; they are not my third cousins twice removed. I just happen to love what they do, and I want to share it with you. And yesterday as I was poking about looking for things to share today, I found their version of Disney movie Frozen’s “Let It Go” paired with Vivaldi’s “Winter.” It’s beautiful.

Oh, and it’s performed in the glittering chill of an actual ice castle. You can click through to YouTube to read about it, and I’m including the “Behind the Scenes” video as well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

May your day be filled with music that brings joy to your soul!

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What Are You About?

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed some recent changes: The new header photo, for instance, meant to evoke the idea of a journey and of ascension—with many thanks to photographer Jewell Colyer.  The background colors are softer. Some of the subheads in the sidebar have been changed. All simple style changes I’ve been wanting to make. While I was at it, I also changed the “About” page to better reflect what Bea Muses is about. (Go ahead, take a look … I’ll wait here.)

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Happy … Well, You Know

[This post first appeared on BeaMuses on February 14, 2012.]

Generally on this blog, my goal is to encourage readers. I want to point you toward God and His great love for you. But today, I’m going to delve headfirst into controversy.

I think instead of mincing words, I’ll just come right out and say it: Keep Reading

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