Vocabulary lesson

vocabulary Invalidate

verb. To make (an argument, statement, or theory) unsound or erroneous. To negate, disprove, discredit, undermine.

Invalidate, a word meant to be used during arguments, a word used in the professional world. A word to describe the act of making someone’s argument no longer credible.

Invalidate, a word that has been violently torn away from its original purpose and put in the hands of those meaning to use it for harm. A word with a simple meaning being twisted and torn and blended until it has become something it is not. A word meant to be used as medicine now given out as poison. Continue reading

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Dear Christians,

sisterYou’re supposed to be “the light” not “the Facebook political advocate for things that will invalidate groups of people and turn them away from the gospel”. Be gracious, generous, loving and accepting.

Stop fighting among yourselves. No you are not doing Christianity “right” because you’re Baptist or Church of Christ or protestant or catholic or non-denom. You are just doing it one way. Everyone works differently. Everyone praises differently. While one person may thrive in having freedom to move around and raise hands and dance, another may feel overwhelmed and turned away. Contrarily, while one my feel stifled by structure, another may feel safe and at home. Help your fellow sisters and brothers find where they fit and stop yelling that your way is the only way and the “correct” way. It’s just ONE way. We are supposed to be one whole family, not a bunch of small ones that are constantly fighting. Love each other and build each other up. Continue reading

The Travel Bug Bites Again

travelThere were so many good things about this last trip I went on. I was in England for ten days and met with old friends and met best friends for the first time. I fell in love with the city I’ve been in love with since I was a child. I squealed at every tea time and turned into a puddle with every charming accent. I stuck to purely British culture friendly food (which happens to not be out of my comfort zone… at all) and did my best not to stick out like a sore tourist thumb-except when I wanted to. Then I used the excuse, “but I’m an American”, to be loud and obnoxious. I took decent pictures and stole fantastic ones from my photographer sister. (@gems_intherough on instagram). I laughed with my family and explored with my new/old best friend. I didn’t run from life, I discovered it. And I fell in love. Continue reading

Dear pet,

Cat personI don’t know if you realize how much I actually love you. I mean, you probably get it, seeing as I hold you hostage for cuddles daily and will gladly pet you whenever you want it. But still, you’re not human (shocker, right?) so I don’t know for certain you feel the same love that us homo-sapiens do. I know you love me, I mean, let’s be honest, I’m the best owner ever (except that one time I forgot to feed you… sorry about that again) but do you really get it? Continue reading

“Head of the Household”

marriageMy immediate reaction to this statement is to scowl and prepare my argument. “I am not under anyone but God. I am not a servant. I am not less than my husband because I am a woman.” But the problem with my thinking this way is that this is, in fact, biblical.

I was talking to the ‘rents and their friends the other night about this exact thing, being the only one arguing against being “under” my husband. I was trying to speak up for women and be the strong feminist I am. And let’s face it, what I was saying has truth to it and is important. But where we were disagreeing was not the theology behind the saying, but the words themselves. Continue reading