Showing posts from June, 2018

Let Go and Let God

We have all heard the words, “Let go and let God”. Though oft-repeated phrases can sometimes lose their impact over time and become cliche, the truth resonates. I have struggled with anxiety most of my life. I have also had debilitating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because of these, unproductive striving is a great issue for me. Full of agitation, I hold problems to my chest, worrying, fretting, and expending stressful energy. In an effort at control I obsess over details, preoccupied with doing. I find myself caught up with ever more strenuous intensity. This turmoil feeds itself. There is rumination over the future, with what-ifs, fearful of the lack of requirements I perceive are not happening in the present. The unknown brings a nervous fear . I try to pray these moments through, yet often had the experience of prayer itself being an act of flustered stress instead of a meaningful appeal. Thankfully, God is wonderfully patient. It makes little sense to our frayed nerves we

A Moment of Transparency

Social media, the internet, and casual personal acquaintance can paint a picture of someone that is not full reality. We all put our best foot forward. As an artist and writer, this is especially true with a "public persona" in my own small corner of influence. While that person is genuine, it can paint a one dimensional image. "An artist and writer" sounds impressive, with images of what we perceive this to be. Most people judge this by whatever abilities are displayed. Yet, this does not measure a man. Behind the curtain, truth is more complicated. In my past I had willful sins and great weaknesses. In addition, I hid away from the world in fear, reduced to one room for years. With severe OCD, I sat alone, isolated much like Howard Hughes later in his life. Attempting some sort of connection, I went about it all wrong. This resulted with being mentally and emotionally abused by a woman for nearly eight years. As a grown man, I was reduced to humiliation in the

Discovering Hope for Anxiety Disorders and Fear

The behavioral exertion of anxiety is performed as a kind of work. Having a cow, freaking out, or going crazy are terms we use to define reacting to events around us. We view this as a legitimate way of dealing with life. Our logical mind may see it as harmful, but part of us is trying to affect an outcome by fretting. This attempt at control is not only ineffective, it bites back by increasing emotional problems all the more. It is a vicious cycle. It is a given most people experience worry and stress. Anxiety may be so deep-seated that we know no other way of coping. Fear haunts the human heart. It never seems far away no matter how together we may assume we are. Many struggle with acute forms such as panic attacks. Counseling, medication, and therapy may help, but if we are to have a lasting change, we need help that will reach the most visceral levels. Unlearning deeply rooted lies and renewing the mind with Scriptural truth is key. It is one thing to understand what is not wo

Introducing a New Blog Feature

Introducing a new blog feature: Prayer requests. Send your prayer requests to Living in the Light of Grace. Visit the Share Your Prayer Requests  page. There is power in prayer. When we pray, great obstacles are overcome. Trials are encouraged with inspiration. However, the capacity is not in our words or in the one who offers them. The power is in the God to whom we appeal. Until we hit rock bottom or feel out of control, we think we can handle most anything. Prayer is a formal act to be religious, a last resort, or a “just in case” bailout. How often do we pray knowing we are heard, having faith that praying to God is a dynamic and profound privilege? The power of God in the glorious and wonderful name of Christ is far beyond our comprehension. His supreme might made the world, shapes history, redeems our soul, and is with us daily. In Christ, God is in control of every detail of our lives. He does not need our help, nor does He need our input to solve problems. He knows what

Art as Praise to God

The gift of creativity is fascinating. That mere man can create works of art is a wonder to enjoy and ponder. The true delight, however, is not with mankind, but something more sublime. While art is edifying itself, it stands as a praise to God. It does this in two ways. Creation attests as a witness to the glory and invisible attributes of a powerful, personal God. The earth we inhabit displays this grandeur. In the same way, art and creativity testifies. It need not be spiritual in content, or even made by a believer. Beautiful art cannot help but point to the Almighty and what He has wrought in life around us and the human experience. The crafted object or image echoes as another affirmation to being, just as the scene or facet of creation we observe. We miss this witness only when becoming dulled and jaded with the wonderment of existence. We are here, the world and all it amazingly contains is here. This is the first praise. The second is the ability and talents themselves w