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Discovered a faulty assumption which positively changed my read of a bothersome situation—a relief, as well as a reminder not to lean too hard on my own conclusions. Nothing major, but I can already feel my attitude changing in response to the new data. Good.

For the moment, I'm trying to more deliberately take the time to engage others, whether with encouragement or even sometimes with challenge. Feels good to be making the effort, to be responding rather than just reacting. More and more, I'm convinced there's a difference.

Tuesdays are just plain long. I love communitygroup, but I can see why some people don't do it. Though I know I'd be far poorer without it, a couple of hours of downtime at the end of the day sound so sweet. That's when I have to go by faith, not by sight.

Going in early to work this week has really given me an edge, which is especially good considering much of Thursday will be spent at a workshop in Tacoma. I'll bet it'll feel at least as long as today, but once I'm done with my evening meeting Thursday, I'm done for the week. And I do love being done.


I've been the recipient of some of your encouragement lately... and I appreciate it. :)
And thus, the encouragement comes full circle. Thank you!
That's nothing—barlow_girl has been up since 4:30 or so with work stuff (which is why we call quarter-end "the crazy time"). I'm usually up early, and still adjusting to Standard Time.
I wish I could be a normal morning person (not that 4:30 is normal). My head is barely functioning at 9:00, much less 6:00!
I eschew any claim to normalcy.



I am in a big quandry of a situation, and was wanting wisdom from a Christian. I have tapped a few sources (livingwater is one) and she suggested you. It is long, and I wanted to ask you first before going into it. It's in my journal and goes back to an initial "Red Flags" post (I have another red flags post but there is one initial that starts it all).

My basic question now is what is most Biblical, seek wisdom from a pastor or elder...or go to the persons with false doctrine and confront them one to one, then two, then go on up? Another approach? Ignore the question if you aren't able to answer...just let me know.


I wasn't logged in! Ugh.


I didn't dive too deep, but from an outside perspective:

At a glance, it seems like talking with your pastor may be the way to go at this point. I'm totally supportive of Matthew 18 as our model (and command) of dealing with sins against one another within the church; I'm just not clear (at a distance) what of this situation really involves sin against one another and what of it is about differences of doctrine and practice. Matthew 18 isn't really about the latter kind of difference—that's what shepherds and authorities in the church are for. Since it may well be both kinds of conflict, getting your pastor's help in how to approach any sin between parties as well as discussing the doctrinal stuff seems like two birds with one stone. Mileage varies, of course, but it sounds like just the kind of situation that calls for good pastoring—of you, of others, and of the church.

Thank you

Sound advice. It's what my husband wants to do, talk with a pastor. Thank you for taking time out to read it even if it was just a skim. I tend to be long on words...