Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Quote of the Day

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love. –Erich FrommAct of Faith

Quote of the Day

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love. –Erich Fromm


Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 14th, 2013


Noteworthy: O Holy Night

Monday, December 19th, 2011

By Ashley McIlwain

Christmas is an ideal opportunity to reflect on life – the years past and the years yet to come. Sometimes those reflections come with delight of memories made and anticipation for the future. Other times these thoughts are filled with painful realities and fear of what’s to come. And others may feel so swamped that the thought of pausing for pensiveness is laughable.

Everyone feels differently about Christmas as well as taking inventory of events gone by. What I’ve found is that life is unpredictable. It’s filled with joys and sorrows, wonderment and frustration, pain and ecstasy, hope and discouragement. A long time ago I gave up on asking, “Why?” In exchange, I’ve learned to be content and hold steadfast to my faith in Jesus Christ.

Christmas, whether you believe so or not, is the most wonderful time of the year. It brings joy, hope, and love to any and every life and situation. We were given the ultimate gift of salvation by the most loving and powerful God when we were least deserving. John 10:10 says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

We all need the message of Christmas to dwell deep within our very souls to give us hope, joy, and the purpose of life. One way I fill my mind and heart with these promises is through songs that profess them. O Holy Night is just that type of song. Each year this song fills my heart, mind, and soul with the truth and miracle of Christmas. May it do the same for you.

I’ve included a video of my favorite version of the song as well as the lyrics with my favorite lines bolded.


O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!


Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, 

Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!


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Blank Page: The Opposite Life

Friday, January 8th, 2010

One of my favorite parts of this whole series is the premise that we choose the life we want to live. So many times I hear people talk about how they are the victim, poor them, and there is nothing they can do about their situation. While it’s not that I don’t empathize (I do), it’s that the power of choice is completely neglected and ignored. We choose each and every day the quality of life we are going to have. We have a choice. We choose to either: wallow, resent, and be miserable with our lives; or take the hand we are dealt and make the most of it.

The pastor that presented the “Blank Page” series at our church, Kyle Zimmerman, put it so well:

“We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our response to those circumstances.” 

This coincides so perfectly with one of my core beliefs as a Marriage & Family Therapist and person – we choose each and every day what our life is like. I know all too well about tough situations, deep hurts, trauma, drama, and disappointments. What are you going to do with that? As my mom always said, “become bitter or better.”

As I started out with at the beginning of the week, God is writing a great story in the good and the bad of our life. Either we choose to belief that and have faith in the bad times and choose to live responsibly, honestly, and with forgiveness or we choose the opposite. The opposite life is one where we are stuck comparing ourselves with others feeling that the great story God is writing is in someone else’s life. It’s one where we constantly blame those around us and God for the “crappy” times. And it’s one where we try to take control. We think it’s our responsibility to try and write a great story because we don’t trust God. That opposite life of comparing, blaming, and controlling leads to a life of fear, guilt, and insecurity.

It all comes down to a choice…the choice to have faith & trust that God is writing a great story known as your life in the good and the bad times. Just like Joseph who went through some of the toughest things I have ever heard someone go through – family betrayal, slavery, falsely accused of rape, imprisoned despite innocence – he chose to make the best of each and every situation he was in. He knew there was a reason for it all and couldn’t be bogged down by the life of comparison, blame, and control. Instead he chose responsibility, honesty, forgiveness, and faith. We all have a choice to make each and every day – what kind of life are you going to live?

*Just in case you missed it  – the sermon that I based my series off of this week can be found at the following link: