01 February 2019

This 'n' That

Before I crawl into bed at night—and definitely before I turn out the light—I look at my pillow. Both sides. Yes, maybe it's a bit OCD of me, but it's a habit that started more than 15 years ago, and it is one that I will never abandon.

On that fateful night all those years ago, something awakened me in the middle of the darkness. I don't remember the details but, as I nestled back under my comfy covers I flipped my pillow over so that I could relax into the cooler side of it. But as I laid back down in the dark I noticed something different. Is that—? I turned on the light, screamed, and jumped out of bed. Yes, it was a spider. A very large, very black, very terrifying spider. On my pillow. ON. MY. PILLOW.

That, dear friends, is why I always check my pillow before I darken the bedroom each night. Both sides. Always check both sides.

It's curious how danger can sometimes lurk in the most comfortable places, isn't it? Perhaps that's why it often feels as though we're always on our toes, always on the lookout, and never quite settled here on this fallen earth. Sin and temptations to sin abound, and if it can cloak itself in comfort, it's all the more enticing. This is why we must be in constant communion with our Savior through prayer and study of Scripture. How sweet and gracious of our Father to provide us with such protection from  danger!

Okay, raise your hand if you'll be double checking both sides of your pillow tonight. I know I will! But before that time comes, why not relax and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Yeah, no one should have to wear earplugs to church. Don't get me started on my experience with a very loud soloist who saw fit to bust out a huge note right next to my ear one Sunday. And no, it wasn't a seeker-sensitive church.
  • When we read larger portions of Scripture, we see more of the context and we better appreciate the Bible as literature.
  • On loving the unseen Savior. Hey, that reminds me of an Equipping Eve episode (please excuse the shameless plug).
  • These lectures are on my to-listen list.
  • And if you haven't read this book yet, you should. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This man's story is so interesting. I only wish the journalist had shared it more effectively!
  • Ever heard of a frost quake?
  • The Bible is always relevant.
  • This story is actually what reminded me of the spider tale I shared. If you are now paranoid, I'm sorry.
  • This should not have to be a headline
True faith takes its character and quality from its object. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others! 
—Sinclair Ferguson

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