What to Expect: A SENSE of SENSIBILITY


“God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible.” 2 Timothy 1:7 MSG

When it’s my turn, I’ll focus on the Spirit-given gift of sensibility. Expect a couple of things:

  1. I love words. Words paint a picture in the mind. Just as a painter will select the perfect color, a writer selects the perfect word from a palette to convey meaning. Expect me to look at word origins, definitions, and translations. What can we learn from the words that were chosen? What might we miss if we don’t fully understand the intended meaning?
  2. I love books. I majored in English in college because I love to read. I couldn’t imagine a better career than one that gave me a good excuse to read a book. (My mother can corroborate that what got me in trouble most as a child were the times she sent me to clean my room, and she’d find me an hour later reading a book. In my defense I had at least picked up one book.) Expect me to suggest options for additional reading—either fiction or nonfiction relating to the week’s topic. Not that I expect everyone to read every one. But if a topic interests you and you’d like to delve a little deeper, I want to share resources I have found interesting. And I’d love to hear what you have been reading on the subject. Just for fun, I’ll use classic literature as an example here.

Recommended Reading:

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. A work of romantic fiction in which the young sisters experience love and heartbreak. Romantic relationships make impressions on a woman’s heart and can cause pain.
  2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. A novel exploring the personal growth and development of a young orphan.

I hope you will join me in the conversation as we tackle the topic of being sensible in a world that seems to have lost it senses.

Believing God is sensible,


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