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Slightly Obsessed #186: When the Path Ahead Is Fearsome
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-06-14 09:30:28
The room was dark and shadowed, the only sound within its walls the rhythmic whoosh of the ventilator beside my son’s bed. I sat on an uncomfortable chair jammed into one corner of the room. In the faint light that fell from the window across the pages of the Bible I held, I tried to corral my stampeding fears long enough to find some comfort from God’s Word. Outside the door of his room, a cacophony of voices from the nurses’ station jarred our shattered nerves.

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Slightly Obsessed #185: Clean
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-06-07 11:26:11
They were just turning down the lights in the sanctuary as I awkwardly slid into a seat near the back of the church. I was tired and soiled by the previous week. Life had been especially difficult, and I had not handled the pressure well. I felt completely unhinged spiritually and wholly unworthy to be in God’s presence. The worship team began with one of my favorite songs, and I hoped I didn’t look as vulnerable as I felt.
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Slightly Obsessed #184: The Mark of Maturity
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-05-24 07:36:55
The infant finishes his bottle and smiles contentedly up at his mother. A trickle of milk courses down from the corner of his mouth. It’s a sweet scene because that’s what babies do. They are born with immature digestive systems and no teeth. Mother’s milk or formula are necessary for the child to survive and thrive. As they grow, their teeth begin to come in, their digestive abilities mature, and they can tolerate solid food.
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Slightly Obsessed #183: He Knows Your Name
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-05-17 09:49:52
All sheep look alike to me. Defenseless, timid, and nondescript creatures, they tend to wander and get into trouble. When one falls, it needs help to get back on its feet. Its purpose in life is mostly to eat and make more sheep. It’s easy to see why Jesus equated them to humans. A line of sheep looks like a sea of wool and blank stares, huddled in a timid group behind their leader.
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Slightly Obsessed #182 "When Speaking the Truth Makes You the Enemy"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-05-03 09:15:46
The apostle Paul loved the people of God. After his conversion to Christ, he spent his life not only establishing churches, but also ministering to their needs. He often had the unpleasant duty of confronting issues that threatened the fledgling church, and his letters to the Galatians and to the Corinthians were especially aimed at keeping the churches rooted in the faith.
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Slightly Obsessed #181 "The Moment before the Moment of Revelation"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-04-26 11:26:22
The movie Ten Commandments famously depicted the rise, fall, and restoration of the Hebrew man who would one day lead his people out of Egypt. Set afloat as a baby in a basket to escape the wrath of Egypt, Moses was found by an Egyptian princess and unwittingly restored to his family to be raised as royalty. He was a man with a foot in two worlds, and his choice to follow the faith of his birth family cost him a king’s inheritance.

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Slightly Obsessed #180 "At the Brink"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-04-19 09:31:34
Today, the ancient Biblical town of Haran sits in ruins. But in the time of Abram, later given the new name of Abraham, it was a bustling trading town watered by a tributary of Euphrates River.

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Slightly Obsessed #179 "He’s Alive!"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-04-12 11:27:08
The man Jesus embodied all the fullness of God. They just didn’t know that. Had they known, they would have been more saddened at His suffering, but less devastated by His death. On Golgotha, they witnessed a holy sacrifice. As the perfect Lamb offered Himself for their sins, they grieved, dreams in tatters, thinking they had watched an execution.
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Slightly Obsessed #178 "The Nuclear Option"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-04-05 14:00:42
Nuclear reaction:
A process, such as fission, fusion, or radioactive decay, in which the structure of an atomic nucleus is altered through release of energy or mass or by being broken apart.**

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Slightly Obsessed #177 "Feet of Clay: When Your Best Isn’t Enough"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-03-22 08:08:18
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it.” Hebrews 11:1 (HCSB)

Ever feel like a failure? I do, and often. My desk overflows with a never-ending pile of unfinished work. My job as a fulltime caregiver is a challenging one. It never feels like I’m smart enough, talented enough, strong enough, or Christian enough to run the race that is placed before me each day.
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Slightly Obsessed #176 "Why Noah Should Matter to Us"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-03-15 10:56:30
“Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” – Genesis 6:22
Noah had already lived much of his life when God called him to build the ark. He was not a young man when the fate of humanity was set upon his shoulders. It was a fearful assignment, an overwhelming duty. What God had told him in secret, he spent decades building in obedience to His word.
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Slightly Obsessed #175 "The Scarlet Thread"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-03-01 09:14:15
The two spies lay hidden in the darkness as the king’s men searched for them in the night. Word of their presence in the city had reached the king of Jericho, and soon his men were at the door. The prostitute who lived there saved the men’s lives, but not before securing a promise from them..
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Slightly Obsessed #174 "Your Lord Is Coming: Like The Days Of Noah, Part 4"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-02-22 09:03:40
The picture painted of the days prior to Noah’s flood is one of a generation lost. The world was filled with wickedness, and only Noah was left to follow God. If the flood was the judgment for evil, and Enoch was translated before the wrath of God came upon earth, who does Noah represent in the Matthew 24 timeline?
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Slightly Obsessed #173 "Your Lord Is Coming: Like The Days Of Noah, Part 3"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-02-15 08:56:37
A discussion of Noah’s flood as it speaks to conditions at the end times often addresses two groups of people living on the earth when judgment came: Noah and his family, the only righteous people left on the planet. The rest of the world, judged to be wicked.
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Slightly Obsessed #172 Your Lord Is Coming: Like The Days Of Noah, Part 2
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-02-08 09:23:59
There are many conflicting theories on when Jesus Christ will return to earth. It’s not hard to find Scriptures to support opposing viewpoints, and even those honestly searching the Scriptures to answer the question posed by the disciples in Matthew can get lost in the maze of prophecies outlined in the Old and New Testaments.
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Slightly Obsessed #171 "Your Lord Is Coming: Like The Days Of Noah"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-02-01 09:29:41
In the coming weeks, Slightly Obsessed will explore the Scriptures regarding end-time events and what Jesus meant when He said that the coming of the Son of Man will be “just like the days of Noah.”
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Slightly Obsessed #170 "Fully Possessed"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-01-25 09:13:13
The political climate has been tumultuous since the recent election. Some folks don’t like the results of the election, and unlike years past, can’t seem to get past it. They can’t move on. They are obsessed with protesting the loss.
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Slightly Obsessed #169 "Shut Out The Lies"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-01-18 09:08:21
I sat on the bed, heart in shreds. An accusation had been hurled at me on social media, again, by the same person. Everything in me fought to defend myself against the lies.
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Slightly Obsessed #168 "White-out"
by Pamela Thorson on 2017-01-11 08:25:41

The sky hung heavy and gray the day my daughter and I drove the long river road to town for her piano lesson. But our valley rarely even sees snow most winters, so I didn’t worry too much about the weather. The highway was dry and clear on the drive into town.
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Slightly Obsessed #167 "The Year I Broke Christmas"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-12-21 09:33:18
Christmas came late and all at once at our house. Decorations were sparse in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and no tree adorned the house until Christmas morning. We awakened to a fully decorated tree, dancing with lights and shimmering icicles in the early morning darkness.
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Slightly Obsessed #166 "Take Courage"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-11-30 09:32:35
The twelve-year-old daughter of an important synagogue ruler named Jairus was dying. Jairus entreated Jesus to come and heal her. As Jesus walked to the man’s house, the crowds pressed against him on every side.
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Slightly Obsessed #165 "We Need Each Other"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-11-16 09:29:03
It’s happened to me. It’s probably happened to you. Something is said on social media. Somebody comments back. Soon a family is in turmoil and relationships are lost over what began as a difference of opinion.
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Slightly Obsessed #164 "An Army Of One"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-11-02 09:12:43
Do we hurt the cause of Christ when we follow our own internal voices?
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Slightly Obsessed #163 "God And The Ballot Box"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-10-26 09:28:52
To vote or not to vote. That is the question for millions of Americans saddled in November with the task of choosing between two distasteful choices for the next President of the United States. Whatever your political persuasion may be, it’s hard to dodge the mud being slung around by political partisans in this campaign cycle.
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Slightly Obsessed #162 "Are You Spreading Epignosis?"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-10-12 10:18:08
Can you catch epignosis from your friends?
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Slightly Obsessed #161 "A Breath Away From Betrayal"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-10-05 09:08:38
A physical illness sent me into a spiritual crisis of faith. But in my resentment toward God, I nearly betrayed someone else.
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Slightly Obsessed #160 "Is It Real Or Just Raw?"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-09-28 09:50:22
Most people today like to "keep it real." No one likes a phony. But where do we draw the line between real and raw?
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Slightly Obsessed #159 "Volcano"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-09-21 09:40:03
Our youngest son was married in a beautiful ceremony last weekend. For us, it was the culmination of months of harried activity not only preparing for the wedding, but basically restoring our tired-looking yard for the rehearsal dinner.
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Slightly Obsessed #158 "Like A Bride, Waiting"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-08-17 09:34:57
She stands on the church stage with the other members of the worship team, singing the chorus to a Chris Tomlin song in her clear soprano. “Like a bride waiting for her groom, we’ll be a church ready for you.” At the words, she glows.
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Slightly Obsessed #157 "Eyes Wide Open"
by Pamela Thorson on 2016-08-10 09:17:07
Our youngest son is being married soon, and the rehearsal dinner will be held in our large side yard in the country. It’s ignited a frantic attempt to bring our log cabin and yard up to Idaho standards, which means taking down the chicken wire around the old chicken run, slashing a path through the weeds that have wandered over from the neighboring pasture, and spreading a truckload of bark over the dry hillside.
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