by ALisa Casas
I’m a word nerd. I love learning new words and their etymology, and then using them in my everyday conversations. When I was in elementary school my friends nicknamed me “Dictionary” because I always had a new and interesting word to use.
To me, there is beauty in finding exactly the right word to use in a situation. For instance, happiness and joy are words with similar meanings but are used in distinctively different ways. I think about the time I dropped my eldest daughter off for her first semester at college. That was one of the hardest days of my life because I knew it meant my little girl was on her own path to adulthood. Leaving her at the school did not make me happy, but it did fill me with great joy to see her realizing her own dreams.
Do you see the simple but profound difference between happiness and joy?
Oftentimes, God speaks to us in similar ways with (more…)
Noah: Living in Fact and Truth
By ALisa Casas
Being human can be hard. Imagine what it must be like to be a hero. Or, as the Bible puts it, to be “men of renown “(Genesis 6:4b). Noah was one such man; he was a hero of his day. When he was born, his family had great expectations for his future. They named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:28b). Noah was destined to accomplish great feats.
Prior to his 600th birthday, very little is recorded about the Noah’s day to day life.
We assume he had some skill as a carpenter and builder. After all, God commissioned him to build one of the most unequaled architectural wonders of the world. We all know that Noah built the Ark, the animals boarded, and Noah and his family then spent the better part of half a year afloat. But, have you ever considered what was going on inside his mind? It was a battle of (more…)