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Charles Spurgeon on Psalm 23:
“Someone has said that when there is a shadow there must be light somewhere, and so there is. Death stands by the side of the highway in which we have to travel, and the light of heaven shining upon him throws a shadow across our path; let us then rejoice that there is a light beyond. Nobody is afraid of a shadow, for a shadow cannot stop a man’s pathway even for a moment. The shadow of a dog cannot bite; the shadow of a sword cannot kill; the shadow of death cannot destroy us. Let us not, therefore, be afraid.”
There was a season not too terribly long ago where “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” spoken of in Psalm 23 was not just poetic imagery, but a present reality. And as painful as that season was, I grew in ways that would not have been possible if all my time was spent lying down in green pastures. I not only came to appreciate the grace I needed for my journey through the Valley, I actually became quite thankful for the Valley. It changed me.
Walk, don’t run.
One of the greatest revelations during my journey through the Valley was that I could not make a run for it, just to get out quickly. Many other times in my life, this was the way I handled suffering… just do the ol’ emotional skeedaddle, high tail it to the first mirage, and let’s just pretend this whole thing never happened. But this time, the Holy Spirit was my companion and His instructions to me were, “Walk, don’t run.” But that’s more painful, Lord! Yes, it was. But it was also more deliberate. He was asking me to LEARN THE WAY OUT. He wanted me to memorize the landmarks and pitfalls. I needed to carefully evaluate the escape route because He had a plan to send me back into the Valley in the future to help others find their way out. Continue reading…
Being willing to make sacrifices is part of pursuing wisdom because it keeps the greater picture of your life in view. Everything is to be held up to the light of who God has called you to be and discarded if it does not reflect His plan. You are not meant to drift from choice to choice, unsure of what to do next. That will lead to stupidity and heartbreak. You are called to live a life that is purposeful, with His dreams for you in sight, and the road of sacrifice to get there a very present reality. Jesus is our ultimate example “…who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2)
[Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Smart Girl, Stupid World]
That cute guy in biology? Oh yeah, he asked for your number. EEEK! So exciting. The texts start to roll in. It starts off playful, flirtatious, funny. Then one day, it takes a turn. “You’re hot. Did you know that?” You blush, your heart flutters, and you easily take the bait. Another day or so and a strange request comes… again, via text. “What color panties are you wearing?” Then… “Can I see? Txt me a pic. ☺”
In a matter of days, this guy you knew nothing about is suddenly asking you to take a picture of yourself in your skivvies. If you actually do it, chances are the request will elevate to include naked body parts faster than Hollywood rumors go viral. How did this happen? Why did this happen?
Simple. Pornography has changed everything about the way people understand intimacy, boundaries, and communication. And teenage relationships are no exception Continue reading…