Stop the beatings.

12/27/20. This is a fitting review for anyone contemplating their next New Year’s Resolution(s) and is also a perfect accompaniment to the sermon I heard this morning at Sellwood Church from Titus 2:11-14 which was about embracing my salvation in Christ. I hope it might be a help to someone in addition to me this evening.

Grandma Beth's Blog

Did that title get your attention?  I tend to be too hard on myself, at least in some ways.  Can you relate? In other ways, I am probably not hard enough on myself.  Lately I’ve been thinking about how foolish it is to keep beating myself up about sins that God has freely forgiven and chooses to never remember against me.  And how foolish it is to feel worthless, or like I need to punish myself for my imperfections.  A good friend recently reminded me of these truths from the Bible:

Micah 7:18-19:  Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?  He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.  He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot.  Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the…

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Pandemic Questions

May 6, 2020.  Today marks my 51st day of physically isolating and distancing because of the reported world Pandemic caused by the virus named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes named COVID-19, both of which are loosely referred to as the coronavirus, and due to the world's reporting of and reaction to it.  The national … Continue reading Pandemic Questions

Good Friday Music and Musings

As some of my friends know, I play at playing and studying piano music. I also teach piano students how to play piano and read and interpret music, on a small scale. I've never in my life really had the opportunity to properly study music or piano, but I've done a lot, by God's grace, … Continue reading Good Friday Music and Musings

Hunkering down

I feel a need to try to describe what this social distancing/flattening the curve period of time due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 issue is like for me as a sufferer of chronic long-term illness. I wonder if any others in this boat have experienced hunkering down at home in the same way.  I'd like to hear … Continue reading Hunkering down

Invisible things and fear

Well, I certainly never saw the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic coming, nor its US/world economic consequences, nor shortages of supplies, and especially not the social distancing/self-isolation required as a responsible response to the virus threat that may be coming.  Who ever thought churches would close services due to a disease threat? Etc. I am reminded of … Continue reading Invisible things and fear

Rejoicing in Christ

One theme I write about often is understanding and embracing my progressive sanctification in Christ, being transparent about my sinfulness in my old flesh and about my frustrations with my slow progress in Christ. Today I turn the coin to the other side, and I want to write about my rejoicing in and praising God … Continue reading Rejoicing in Christ