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A Case of Schadenfreude?

Have you ever waded through a period of your life when everything seems to be going wrong? Or, have you watched friends or family members struggling through a painful, dark phase? Have you ever witnessed somebody having a hard time and heard, or even said yourself, the phrase "Wow, it sucks to be you?" If so, you may be suffering from the nasty affliction of "schadenfreude." Today, as I studied the twelfth chapter of Job, I believe I stumbled upon an ancient case of schadenfreude. The following is an excerpt from my Bible study work-in-progress, "Job: Shlobberknockered by Suffering:" _____ “A Case of Schadenfreude?” After reading Job 12:5, “Those who are at ease have contempt for misfortune

The Thistle Contest

The following piece of writing was my entry for the Thistle Contest-a writing contest held at the St. David's Christian Writers' Conference last summer. The Thistle Contest is meant to inspire beautiful writing that makes a point. The topic this time was "The Road Less Traveled." Submissions were made anonymously and were required to be 250 words or less. ___ “Don’t even think of it!” admonished my coworkers. “You’ll break your neck!” worried my mother. “Are you having a mid-life crisis, or what?” asked the hubby. Even I wondered about my judgment, for I was about to travel down a path on which few venture. At the age of fifty, I had decided to learn Judo. Judo is not a sport that one be

My Father, My Gift

The following excerpt is from my latest writing project, a study booklet on the life of Job: Job didn’t exactly have 20/20 vision when it came to his concept about God. I don’t always get it right, either. Sometimes when the picture in my mind of my Heavenly Father begins to fade a bit, I see again the gift I’ve had right in front of me my whole life—my own earthly father. He has loved me with a pure, unconditional, and unlimited love. I am blessed that my dad is a man who loves God with a quiet, yet steady, firm faith. He is still unabashedly crazy about my mother after nearly 63 years of marriage and counting. My two brothers and I never had any doubt that we were the apples of his eye. He

Title Survey for Job Study Booklet

Welcome to all readers who are joining me here on my website and blog for the first time! If this is your first visit, my blog was previously posted under the title of "jillgoes" at http://jillgoes.blogspot.com/. That site will become inactive, and from now on, you will find all new blog posts here on my author website. Enjoy! I'm about one fifth done writing a Bible study booklet on the Old Testament book of Job. If you or anyone you know has ever suffered, this book is for you. If not, I need to meet you-you're an anomaly, for I believe suffering is a universal experience, though for some far more than others. Here's where I could use your input: I'd like to know which of the following po

Rice Christians

The following is an excerpt from my work-in-progress Bible Study booklet on Job: In the very first chapter of the book of Job, Satan presents this challenge to God: “But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Shortly thereafter, on another day Satan doubts Job’s faith in God and sets forth a second challenge to God: “But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” So, the book of Job begins with Satan essentially calling Job a “rice Christian.” The term “rice Christian” came about in the 19th century because starving and needy people would come to the missionaries for the ri

Priorities

I don't know what it is about every New Year, but I find myself compelled to declutter, downsize, and organize my home each January. When I dismantled the Christmas tree the other day and put away all the other household holiday decor, it appeared as if my rooms grew to twice their holiday sizes. The walls, tabletops, and furniture looked stark and sterile. I actually liked the streamlined look, to be honest. Simple. Easy. Clean (and easy to keep clean). The same efforts can be made in many other areas of our lives. Maybe the new year is a good time to reorganize things like our time usage and weekly schedules. Perhaps I need to rise earlier and shift my waking hours earlier. Could I bette

The Gift

Christmas has come and gone. Miles were traveled to spend time with the family. The New Year was adequately welcomed, though not with sauerkraut in this household. The company has gone home. All that glorious chaos is over and done. I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions, so I decided to make my first blog post of this new year a reprint of a poem I had written a year ago during the holidays. It reminds me of the true GIFT of the season, and I hope it will help you focus on what's truly important as we open a brand new calendar. "I Have You, Jesus" Here we are Just four days from Christmas I have everything I could need or want For I have you, Jesus Outside my home, chaos looms S

 

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