I Choose Joy

The heat of Summer has descended upon Southern California, and with it, the usual complaining. It seems as though people here complain more about the weather than average. So, a few years ago, I decided that I was not going to join in any longer. Yesterday, I decided to take it a step further: I... Continue Reading →

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Absolutely All Circumstances

Of late, I have spent a lot of time considering the problem of complaining. Meanwhile, people in my life-people I love-are going through difficulty. It has sent me to my knees both literally and figuratively. I am praying for God to work powerfully, and I am praying for smaller works of faithfulness in the lives of... Continue Reading →

Operation Quit Complaining: Week 1

When I posted my blog last week, I didn’t fully realize how much it was going to impact my life in the days that followed. In a somewhat public manner, I had pledged that I wanted to stop complaining. I knew it was a challenge, but it was one that I perhaps underestimated. The first... Continue Reading →

SoCal’s Not My Home

I have a confession to make: I spend way too much debating about what to wear to church. I don’t want to care. I hate the vanity of it. But no matter how hard I try to let go of it, I do care. I want to look nice and I want to fit in,... Continue Reading →

Keep Your Eyes To Yourself!

Lust: whether it’s a member of the opposite sex or a Snickers bar, we have to manage temptation if we are to steer clear of sinful behavior. I wish I could say that I learned everything I need to know about self-control at Weight Watchers. That program definitely helped me get my gluttony under control,... Continue Reading →

Not Vindication, Redemption

Just over seventeen years ago, I made a bad decision to get involved with a man who I shouldn’t have. I sacrificed a lot to have a relationship with him. When the consequences came around, I faced them steadfastly, with knowledge that there would be vindication when he married me. But there was never a... Continue Reading →

Dear Church: It’s the Little Things

As a single person, it is easy to feel invisible at church. My church sent out a letter to the members, this week. Two letters arrived at my apartment, both addressed to “The Bentley Family.” It’s nothing new. When annual giving statements are sent, the same thing happens unless someone takes the time to handwrite... Continue Reading →

Certified Daddy’s Girl

My sisters would probably say that I earned the title, “Daddy’s Girl” when I went off to the Coast Guard Academy after high school. Or perhaps it was before that, when I was the only one of the three of us with an affinity for shooting a rifle. But I didn’t start to identify myself... Continue Reading →

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