The Christian Foundation for the Highest Human Ideals

The doctrine that we are created in the image of God gives a solid foundation for human freedom and moral significance. We do not have to resort to an irrational upper-story leap [from “fact- based science” to “value-based morality/ethics”]. Given the starting point of a personal God, our own personhood is completely explicable…The Christian worldview provides a firm basis for the highest human ideals.

-Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey (p. 111)

Are You Texting God?

Have you ever texted God?

You know, when you send up a quick prayer in the middle of something else, like you’d text a friend.

“Hey, God, I can’t find my keys and we have to leave in 5 minutes.  Please give me clarity!!” 

“God, You are so good!! Thank you!!” 

“How do I reach this person?  Lead my words please, Holy Spirit.”

“Please heal [friend who is sick] and give them your peace during this time.”

Recently, I’ve realized that this has become the bulk of my prayer life, which I’m not OK with.

Why? (you might ask)

Have you ever met a friend at a camp, vacation, or other short-term experience?  You get close to them, exchange numbers, and promise to keep in touch. But how often does your relationship stay that close or get better? Not very often, at least in my experience.  Some friendships are close enough or evenly-enthusiastic (where both of you desperately want to talk to each other) to stay close, but it’s always a different dynamic over text. You can’t help it!

In my experience, when you have a solely text-based relationship, it deteriorates. 

Example: I have/had two very close friends from camp this summer, one I text, one I email.  The email relationship “lasted” longer, as in, we talked more, and more frequently, than my texting friend, but it still was less fulfilling than talking in person, and we’ve drifted apart by virtue of busy schedules and other important things.  My texting friend is a lovely person, one of my favorite people I’ve ever met, but we have different lives!  If we hung out in person, I know we’d reconnect really well, but it’s just not the same over text.

But when you spend quality time with your friend, even when that’s just hanging out after church because your moms are talking (this never happens to me 🙂 ), you get a feel for their tone, their personality, and their character. You invest in the relationship in an almost tangible manner, and that counts immensely.  (Also, as a physical touch person, being able to interact physically (waving, hugging, smiling, making eye contact, hearing actual laughter, and pretending (or not) to hit them when they’re teasing you) is huge.)

(wow, a three-deep parentheses nest! … I’m not sure I should be proud of that, lol)

This applies to our relationship with God tremendously. 

When the only contact we have with God is over text, we lose the personal connection we had with Him whenever we last (first) truly connected with Him, whether it be at church, church camp, or in a middle-of-the-night prayer session.

In the Psalms (I’m mainly thinking about 119, but there are definitely a lot of others), David raves about his joy in God’s commands, how they direct his life in blatant ways, how they give him a reason to live, and how God is really incredible (but that’s obviously a huge understatement).  He sounds like me when I talk with my friends about a close friend who we all think is awesome and are just really thankful for.

But do you know how we got to know that really awesome friend? BY SPENDING TIME WITH THEM.

We have to have “face to face” talks with God to really keep the beauty of our relationship with Him alive.  This usually works best in a private place, though I’ve had some intense prayer arguments with God that left me in tears at His goodness in a group setting. 🙂 Setting aside time for, well, anything is something I struggle with, but it’s so important that I can’t afford to let it slip away from me. 

This is my resolution. To stop letting other “priorities” in my busy high school lifestyle get in my way of my time with God. Texting Him needs to be a supplement to our awesome recurring “face to face” conversations.

Sydney

The Privilege of Prayer

It’s a privilege, Lord
To talk to You in prayer
You bend your ear
And listen there

My filthy soul
You see as clean
All because of
Christ in me


I know this is the third poem in a row, so if you don’t like poetry, sorry, haha.  If you do like poetry, then here’s a little background:

The first stanza was written in March 2016, and the second stanza over a month later. But I wrote them on the same piece of paper, so I read them together, and I quite liked it. So, this is a composite prayer-poem. I hope it touches you as much as it continues to touch me. 🙂

Sydney

I’m Content!

I’m content.

I’m laughing, I’m crying, I don’t know how to respond.

It’s been a long time:

11 years.
I don’t want anything to change,

Yet it all could

And I’d feel the same.
The things that I still want so much

Mean so little

As to be ignored and 

Forgotten

When life is so big and 

Important.
After all that I’ve been through,

All that I’ve felt.

I’ve come to this place, here

My heart wants to melt.
I’ve found my place,

In line with God’s plan,

And that’s where’s best:

In the palm of His hand.
One of my earliest memories is being 5 and telling my mom in my adorable little voice, “I’m content.”  I really was content, and I was happy about it.  

After the divorce a couple years later, I didn’t ever think I could reach that level of contentment again.  

Last night, I realized I have.  Even the things I would change don’t matter enough in the grand scheme of things to change my contentment.  I’m leaning on the everlasting arms of God.  Hallelu Jah!

Squid

Good As New

Thinking you have it all

Till it all falls apart

In a heap.

Scavenge the pieces

Take them to their Creator

So he can stitch his child back together

Remade.

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. 

Lord my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 30:2‭, ‬11‭-‬12 NIV

Created by Sound?

“Everything owes its existence solely, completely, to sound.”

I heard this line in Cymatics by Nigel Stanford today.

I cringed at first thinking, “Uh, no, we owe our existence to God!  What kind of sick, twisted theology is this??”  Then I realized something.

Technically, we owe our existence to God, but he did use sound to create us.  He spoke us into existence. Yes, he could have created us without speaking, but he declared us into this world and breathed life into us for a reason.

One of my rabbis once told me that God created the Hebrew language before he separated the dark from the light.  It was the first thing he created.  That stuck with me because no one really mentions it.

So, to me, this song isn’t as off-base as I first thought, which leads me to still listen to it with a clear conscience. 🙂

Squid

P.S. I’ve included the song because it’s amazing but you should look up the YouTube video too because SCIENCE. (You’ll understand if you watch it, hehe).