Top Ten Posts for 2013

Welcome to YMHM, where we are finally a mere semester away from an actual, can-you-believe-it degree! “About time!” some would say, and by ‘some’ I mean ‘all’. “All of my family.”

I know my posting lately has been lazy sporadic, so I thought I’d compile a list of YMHM’s top ten posts for 2013. I know the suspense is killing you, but please, try to remain calm:

  1. Grace: one size fits all.
  2. Four degrees of love.
  3. Sixteen fun ideas for attending a new church.
  4. Questions.
  5. Friday Funny for August thirtieth.
  6. Virtues.
  7. The God who is.
  8. God’s joy.
  9. Ruminations from the back pew: happy clappin’.
  10. Good Christians.

If you’re curious about the posts or articles I most enjoyed reading, check out my reblogs tag. You can also take a look at this post, in which I worship at the altar of longform.org. As a bonus it has a super weird graphic, so there’s that to look forward to.

How was your 2013? Personally I am convinced that time is a lie, but you know. I try to be open-minded about these things.

Thank you for skimming reading this blog this year. I truly appreciate every like and every comment, especially those that are not trying to sell me medication for erectile dysfunction.

I wish you and yours a very happy, blessed Christmas. May you not be the biggest screw-up at your family dinner. May the food be good. May your arch-nemesis not attend the Christmas service and if they do, ignore you first.

And remember: keep it classy.

A gif about eating pants.

I just call them “pants” but okay.

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Reblog: Saying Good-bye to Old Friends and the Me I Used to Be

I do remember, as I entered into the life of a practicing Christian, that I thought that I wouldn’t be like the other Christians. I wouldn’t lose the friends I had before I converted. I would be cool. Nothing was going to change. I was going to keep on being the same person I had always been, believing the same things I had always believed.

[…] I didn’t reckon with the transformative power of the Holy Spirit. God didn’t seem to mind if I wanted to begin my Christian life by being cool. He just didn’t pay much attention to it. At that stage, he didn’t seem to be trying to change what I did. He was changing what I wanted to do.

 

See if you recognise your first few years as a Christian convert in the rest of this article: Saying Good-bye to Old Friends and the Me I Used to Be.

Reblog: Standing Out: When You Don’t Fit In « Allsufficientgrace

We all want to be liked, cherished, and appreciated by our peers. But what if I told you that God could care less about these things? What if I told you that God didn’t care how many Facebook friends you have, or how many people follow you on Twitter?

And what if I told you that God isn’t worried about how popular you are? In fact, what if I told you that the purpose of the Gospel isn’t to fit in at all, but to in fact stand out…

via Standing Out: When You Don’t Fit In « Allsufficientgrace (via Jerry Lingle)

5 Traits of Christian Friends

I’m posting this here as much for myself as anyone else: 5 Traits of True Christian Friends.

I need your help

I’ve started a Facebook page called One Second of Grace. Maybe you remember this post? Well, I’m hoping that 1SoG will be the kick on the backside for those of us still struggling with accepting God’s grace in our lives. Scripture, inspirational quotes and pictures, Christian news…all without the hooha of blogging getting in the way and cluttering up God’s message.

So if you are on Facebook and so inclined, please stop by :). Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/OneSecondOfGrace

When should you end a friendship?

This is something I struggled with when I first converted. It sounds silly now but back then I thought, well, if I’m called to love everyone, under what circumstances am I ‘allowed’ to end friendships? How much is too much? What justifies the old dusting off of sandals, if anything?

In short:

“If you try faithfully to establish healthy boundaries with a toxic person and the person continues to abuse, criticize, threaten, tempt or harm you, it’s time to cut off the toxic relationship. The right thing to do is sever the relationship to protect yourself.”

Read the rest of the article here. 

It’s worth noting that, try as you might, and try as the HS might, there are always going to situations and people you can’t stand. Yes, we’re made new in God, but we’ve still got some of the old parts. If the love isn’t there, try to act lovingly. Not in a hypocritical way — but in a “I don’t personally see the appeal, but God loves you and I trust Him and so I’m going to try to treat you the way He would want me to” way.

Anyone

Jesus doesn’t begin with a list of pre-qualifications. His invitation to follow is addressed to Anyone. —Not A Fan, Kyle Idleman

God doesn’t wait for you to reach maturity before he starts liking you. He loves and enjoys you at every stage of your spiritual development. —The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son… — John 3:16 ESV

Anyone. Even the irritating neighbours or the self-righteous church lady. Even the self-important friend or the horrible boss. Even the cheating ex or the gossiping uncle. Even the rude waiter or the person driving like an ass. Even the hobo who attacked and tried to rape an old lady. Even the gay guy with a chip on his shoulder. Even the friend who betrayed you. Even the person who took advantage of your kindness. Abusers, hypocrites, government officials, nice people and awful people, kids, adults, criminals, politicians, the person who hurt you most, your favourite star, your most hated enemy, the people you pass in the street, colleagues and acquaintances and people you knew in first grade. No matter your past, no matter you present. Anyone. Even you. Even me. Anyone.

How to accept Jesus’ invitation:

First, believe. Believe God loves you and made you for his purposes. Believe you’re not an accident. Believe you were made to last forever. Believe God has chosen you to have a relationship with Jesus, who died on the cross for you. Believe that no matter what you’ve done, God wants to forgive you.

Second, receive. Receive Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior. Receive his forgiveness for your sins. Receive his Spirit, who will give you the power to fulfill your life purpose. The Bible says, “Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on everything, life complete and forever!” Wherever you are reading this, I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.” Go ahead. —The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren

Anyone.