Author: Carla Alvarez

It Starts With Me

I go through kicks where I’ll listen to certain songs over and over, and “It Starts With Me” by Tim Timmons is one of them.

Part of what I love about it is that it is really what the Christian life is about. It’s so easy to read directives in the Bible and think about how other people need to change. But really, God is talking to us.

One of my favorite passages is Psalm 51:10-13:

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Thankful for Normal

What I am really thankful for this week is normalcy.

Someone contacted me that I hadn’t spoken to in years. My memory of them and the situation surrounding them is not positive. But I had worked through forgiving them for their actions. I didn’t feel that my response had anything in it that would be throwing the situation up in their face.

However unbeknownst to me, during the intervening years, this person has created this alternate version of reality in their head about what happened and their role in it. Something I said in my response was not in line with their story, and it ticked them off. I guess that’s what it was. I also told them that I had forgiven them, because they had said a couple of times, “I know you can never forgive me.”

I thought they’d want to know that I had.

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What Are You Really Saying?

I’ll be honest.  I haven’t been watching the Zimmerman trial.  When the tragedy first happened, the details were obscured and it seemed like the media was more interested in inciting a race war than in what actually happened.  I knew that regardless of what the facts of the case were,  opinion heads would be giving their opinion, whether they knew anything about it or were adding anything of value to the discussion. It seems like they have even less concern for the impact of their words.  They have to fill time and attract eyeballs and it seems the majority...

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Learning and Discerning: An Interesting Week

This month has been very interesting so far.  When I look back over my notes, there have been quite a few “lessons” in God’s training program.

One of the overreaching arcs of what I’ve been learning in the past year is about spiritual warfare:  what it is, what it actually looks like, and what we are supposed to do about it.  Volunteering in the Healing Room, I’ve come to realize that there is more demonic interference in our lives than I would have believed before.

I don’t know why that was a surprise to me.  After all, God tells us that the battle is spiritual . . . but it was.

It’s been a learning process.  It’s like as soon as I come to the realization of something, God says, “Okay, it’s time to go a step further.”

If you are familiar with deliverance, none of this will come as a surprise.  If you are someone who thinks that Christians can’t be oppressed by evil spirits, you might get a little worked up over the rest of this post . . . but I’m just telling you . . . this is what I experienced, part of it was confirmed by two other people.  I would also suggest that you go through the New Testament and reread what it says about spiritual warfare and our role in it.

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Praise: God’s Great Dance Floor

This song has been playing quite a bit in our house lately. From what I gather, this was one of the theme songs at Second’s beach retreat this year.

At the end of each day, everyone at camp would go to a service. There would be music performances, and Dr. Young would speak. The deal was that every time this song came on, everyone would have to jump.

When Avery came home from camp, every time the song came on the radio she would tell her sisters they would have to jump.

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