Our church recently did a sermon series on human sexuality–based on general and biblical revelation (churchrez.org). We believe the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ are what give great power and hope for a “fully-alive” sexuality in a deeply-broken world.
Biblically, this includes accepting ourselves as God created us, male and female, as woman, as man, both together reflecting His image.
For me, this means living and giving out of my marriage, even when I’m “out and about” involved in various activities not directly related to my home or family. My “fully-alive” challenge is to always look to Christ for my true identity, even as I live that out in marriage.
This is a paradox.
Mystery often seems to carry creative tension.
Like we let go of our lives to find them. Like crucifixion births resurrected life. Like being made into a holy, spotless Bride of Christ even though we came to Him as sinners.
Singles too who embrace their gender gifts can richly offer love and ministry in each local body of believers. I need you as a man, you as a woman, as my brothers and sisters. We need all to own their true selves in Christ–drawing on His capacity where we each are limited.
Yes, we come fallen and broken and bruised by our sins and the sins done against us. We are tempted to reject God’s design. This woundedness we carry needs Jesus’ touch and He does meet us when we come, as we are, to His cross. We can be washed clean. We can heal. We can love in whole, holy ways.
Literally Thousands of Titles in my Lending Libraries–each “Library” is a Subject Category: https://lyeasley.libib.com (This syncs with Amazon database so may show a later edition than I actually have to share.)
My husband and I are trying to prune our collection, located in Baker Hill subdivision (near Glen Ellyn Trader Joe’s). Some titles we’d actually give away to a good home! If loaner, you can borrow for a month. Feel free to e-mail questions to Lois: email@example.com. If you go to Rez, we can possibly connect there.
This morning I’ve been challenged. To care more, listen better, stop and pray.
Also, to be realistic about the limits of any writing or other creative work we do. A difficult pill. Some outcomes we honestly have no control over, of course.
What I do control is showing up at the page, building good habits, admitting when I’m wrong and editing ruthlessly. I can improve the quality of my work.
The hard stuff of marketing and getting the word out when it’s time to “go public” with a creative project do matter. But they don’t guarantee high sales; just provide that possibility. We need to face this and still do the best work we can muster. Anyway.
But, perfectionism can cripple any results if taken to such an extreme that we never risk much. So balance your good idealism with gutsy, eyes-open realism too. Eventually, we need to submit the manuscript, market the painting, speak the Good News boldly.
Please, Fellow-Co-creators, keep on risking what our mutual Creator has put inside you to express! All good gifts are ultimately derived from Him. Let them live. Hone your craft. Make messes. Go for it. Don’t buy lies that say you have nothing to offer. You do.
Not enough zzz’s and it’s about all I can do. But it is enough, showing up, today. No driving necessary–hubbie took our car to the city. Much I can do anyway, sleepy or not! The day is still young and we have caffeine!
The LORD seemed to be letting me know, earlier today, that He is running this show. I picked up Chuck Colson’s 1990 book The God of Stones and Spiders. In it, he relates the story of an educated professional woman Nien Cheng who was imprisoned during China’s 1960s “cultural revolution.” She found God through the marvelous architectural work of a spider in her prison cell. This gave her strength to endure several years without giving her captors the lies they demanded. She was released 6.5 years after trumped-up charges.
This humble witness–a spider–showed this woman that Someone had greater power and greater wisdom than those powers around her imprisonment. She dared to give this “God” if He existed the benefit of thanks in that moment when the spider revealed Him to her. I guess all the spider did was show up and weave her web.