Give Me That Mountain

Divine Jealousy

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-two...

In a sexually promiscuous culture, such as the one we have here in the U.S., it would seem that jealousy in relationships should be a thing of the past.

If healthy sexual relationships can exist apart from the covenant of marriage—if sex is nothing more serious than two people getting together for some pleasure—how could feelings of jealousy develop among the folks who view sex as a recreational activity?

jealousy

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A Warning Label for Faith

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty-one...

We have some crazy product warnings here in the United States. It's as if a bunch of comedians just got together, made up some warning labels, and sold them to the consumer safety directors of our nation's manufacturers.

Who are these men, anyway, that would mistake a urinal for a drinking fountain?

silly warning

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A Leap of Faith Doesn’t Have to Be a Leap of Terror

Faith and Unbelief. Day forty...

I am an engineer without any formal training—lots of experience, but none of it in an academic setting. I'm certainly not going to qualify for an honorary degree, but I've engineered plenty of projects over the years.

In my mid‐twenties, I moved to New England with no job lined up. Without a degree, I knew that no company would hire me on the basis of being “self‐taught.” So I scoured the area in search of small companies that might benefit from my experience—ignoring the usual job‐search protocol.

job interview

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Ask? Ask for What?

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-nine...

The young woman just sits on her bed and stares at the photo on the dresser. She had waited so long for the house she had pictured in her imagination. She and her husband had worked so very hard to make it all possible. But he's gone, and she's alone—with no one to share her dream.

Heartbreaking? Yes.

alone and empty

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A Different Kind of Gift

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-eight...

“I just don't have the stomach any more for ____.”

When we no longer have the stomach for something, we are done with it. No re‐negotiation possible—we are done.

turn up nose

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Receiving the Unexpected

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-seven...

The newlyweds, who knew nothing but big‐city life, had decided to spend their honeymoon at a wilderness campground. On their second day, the scent of grilled fish drew the young man to an older couple in the cabin next door.

“Hey neighbor,” the young man said, “Do you happen to have any extra fish? We don't know much about this wilderness camping. But one thing we have figured out is that it's not all‐inclusive. And we've just about run out of snacks.”

wilderness cabin

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Asking from a Different Perspective

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-six...

“Before you even ask, let me explain.”

In certain situations you might as well wait for that explanation. There is simply no point of asking anything until you have some idea about the other person's perspective.

cat on fan

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Asking for the Wrong Reason

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-five...

“All you had to do was ask!”

Whenever I've heard that statement coming from another person, it has usually followed some unpleasant experience that could have been avoided had I just asked.

fall off roof

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Traditions Spoil Faith

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-four...

If you were to ask me how many windows are in our home, I could walk my way through the house in my imagination and give you a perfect count and placement. I could do the same for the number of doors.

But I would have a difficult time giving you a description and a location for all the photographs and paintings, throughout the house. Oh, I know all about those special ones that I purposely look at each day, but the others just sort of blend into the furniture and the walls.

door and windows

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Teach Us How to Pray

Faith and Unbelief. Day thirty-three...

Heading upstairs to go to bed, my youngest son, when he was probably about ten years old, made a bold declaration: “When I grow up I'm going to get me a wife that can cook, clean, and wash my clothes!”

Imagine the fall‐out for any young man who, when meeting his future in‐laws for the first time, makes the following statement, “I want to marry your daughter so she can cook, clean, and wash my clothes.”

perfect housewife

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