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No One Wants To Sit On the Bench

No One Wants To Sit On the Bench

One of the worst things you can do to a kid is give them the excitement of being picked for the team, then never allowing them any playing time. At the end of the day, no one wants to sit on the bench.

What Type of Surface are You?

What Type of Surface are You?

When you receive amazing, life transforming, new information, what is your response? Do you fully and gladly receive the information, or do you repel it?

Late to the Game

Late to the Game

Have you ever felt late to the game?

I remember traveling with my parents as a kid. I was 8 years old and I insisted on carrying something onto the plane. My dad gave me his cassette tape holder that resembled his briefcase.

4 Ways to Create More Positive Encounters

4 Ways to Create More Positive Encounters

Last week, I shared a post about attitude. I shared that when we encounter others, we can choose to give life or suck the life out of the party through our attitudes. In this post, I want to share with you strategies to turn even the most mundane encounters into positive experiences that give life.

Sucking the Life out of the Party

Sucking the Life out of the Party

I recently found a picture of me around the age of 13 or 14 standing outside of my parents house with my arms crossed. I looked, well, cross.

My mind tracked back to figure out what was wrong with me that day.

Crazy how in one moment my mood was high--reminiscing on the good ole’ days and when I came across that picture, I was brought to a somber state.

In But Not Of

In But Not Of

I'll start this post off with the quote that sparked my thinking:

"From the beginning destiny was foreshadowed, light was separated from darkness."

Stepping Out

Stepping Out

Continuing our guest writer series, the Relevant Blog features stay-at-home-mom and military wife, Bailey Flores. Bailey studied dance at Texas State University and currently lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, where her husband, Adam, is a Series Commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. Bailey and Adam have four children: Xavier, Eliza, and twins, Phoebe and Piper.

My Lame Break-up Story

My Lame Break-up Story

In college, I was pretty superficial. I was in my early 20s, with no regard for anyone else but my own selfish and self serving desires. It’s no wonder why it was hard for me to develop any lasting relationships, especially with the ladies.

O Sluggard!: Balancing Rest and Work

O Sluggard!: Balancing Rest and Work

This Sunday, in Relevant Kids, we discussed three proverbs: The Proverb of the Ant, the Proverb of the Lion, and the Proverb of the Honey. As a teacher on the rotating schedule for ReKids, I sometimes miss out on hearing the service live. Usually, when I miss out, I hear more than once that, "that service was AWESOME!" But, God in his wisdom and grace, speaks directly to me through the lessons in ReKids, and the time I spend with the children is such a blessing to my heart

Awake is the New Sleep

Awake is the New Sleep

Since we began our friendship in 2011, my best friend has texted me pretty much every day. She lives in Baltimore, where she works full-time, but she always somehow finds time during the day to send me a text--usually random information, and usually two or three, back-to-back.

You Don't Need Permission

You Don't Need Permission

Before I even provide any context, let me open with this: you don't need any permission. I repeat, you do not need any permission. I had a pretty deep conversation with someone the other day about how they feel stuck in a rut.  This individual feels, no... this individual knows, there is something out there for them and though they see it and even feel it, they believe it's out of their reach.

I immediately felt for them. I've been there. Sadly enough, I still fall into that pit of negative thinking at times.

You know the feeling...

Watch Your Mouth

Watch Your Mouth

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Did your mother ever tell you this, “if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”? Even if your mother never told you this, I bet you’ve heard it from others and have probably repeated it yourself. I am self-aware enough to admit that I talk a lot. Especially when I’m passionate about something. If you know me personally you know this fact is true!

Right now this nation—this world looks like it's gone to the birds! Every time you turn on the TV there is some sort of injustice. Some aspect of debauchery. Some sentiment of hate, ill will, political rivalry that honestly contributed to making me physically sick this weekend.

Let me be real.

I was disappointed and disgusted to the point that I wanted to either speak out or disengage. Honestly, none of those options would have been helpful.

So, I turned to Facebook (yes you guessed it).

I’d had enough. People were going to hear what I had to say and I wasn’t going to hold back any punches. I was going to put in my two cents, forget that, I was about to withdraw my account and throw in all the cash!

But every time I typed a post, something caused me to delete it before I hit “post”. What was it? It was the conviction caused by a simple proverb written by the wisest man who ever lived.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

The word that I was about to speak was not going to be served on a silver platter but on a platter of frustration, anger, and disappointment. Thank God that the Holy Spirit in God’s grace held me back from speaking in that vain.

Why do I share this?

  1. Right now there is a lot of raw emotion with what’s happening in our country. Let’s be honest. Things are messed up! If you say you can’t see it or feel like it will blow over, then honestly, you are part of the problem.
  2. We (notice I said WE), who consider ourselves Christians, cannot stand aloof and watch injustices happen without speaking up (Psalm 82:3-4). However, “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Let’s be conscious of our communication. Let’s choose solutions over slander.
  3. Jesus has won. No matter what we see or what we hear we have this promise: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

I'll end with this.

You'll hear and read a lot of opinions in the news and social media. Some things you will agree with, others you will not. As you consider your response, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” (Colossians 4:6)