“Ay, ay, God help me…but will he help me- Will he help me? Pray to Him -pray in a humble and trusting spirit.” ~Sheridan Le Fanu Today has been an emotionally trying day. For the last several weeks I have felt the symptoms of the carcinoid cancer slowly coming back. I was afforded a few … Continue reading Confronting the demons of the past…Part IV
NOTE This is a work of fiction, and the people in it are fictitious. The ghosts are real. ~Nathaniel Benchley There are some events in life that are just beyond explanation. There seems to be absolutely no rhyme or reason for the occurrence, yet, there it is, unfolding for all to see. The problem is … Continue reading Explaining the seemingly unexplainable
Do not quench the Spirit. ~I Thessalonians 5:19, English Standard Version The first hurdle that I needed to jump for the light to truly transform me was to believe that God could actually defeat my enemy. I know that sounds a bit silly, especially for a professed believer in Christ, but I had spent so … Continue reading Confronting the demons of the past…Part III
“But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” ~John 11:10, English Standard Version “I need you to do some homework before our next meeting,” the counselor told me, “Write down everything that you can remember and bring it with you so we can discuss it.” Write down … Continue reading Confronting the demons of the past…Part II
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNohDegnaOQ I stumbled upon this video while doing some research on the elements of gothic literature and it gives a great overview of the basic gothic motifs. A wonderful introduction to the genre for those who are not too familiar with its origins and history. Enjoy!
As I sit here in my favorite spot, contemplating the biblical lessons found in Le Fanu's ghost story, The Familiar, it has become very clear to me why gothic literature is so dear to my heart. Gothic writers do not hold back, they are not afraid to explore any topic despite how controversial it may … Continue reading Some brief thoughts…
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~Galatians 6:1-2 When I was working through the bondage caused by the … Continue reading Useful Resources for Battling Oppression
“One day I’ll face the hell inside me, Someday I’ll accept what I’ve done, Sometime I’ll leave the past behind me, For now I accept who I’ve become.” ~Five Finger Death Punch I can remember the pain like it was yesterday. Standing in front of the mirror, staring blankly at my reflection I could hear … Continue reading Confronting the demons of the past…Part I
“…I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate…So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me…for I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (ESV Ro 7.15-20).
And still deeper the meaning of that story of Narcissus, who because he could not grasp the tormenting, mild image he saw in the fountain, plunged into it and was drowned. But that same image, we ourselves see in all rivers and oceans. It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the … Continue reading Looking glass, looking glass, on the wall…