All articles by Pamela Thorson
Slightly Obsessed #154 "Outcry"
Do you feel like no one ever hears you? Sometimes I feel insignificant in this loud, crazy world, one small life among billions. I wonder if anyone would hear if I fell in the forest. Or in church or on a street. But then, I remember. God hears.
Slightly Obsessed #153 "Why 2 Chronicles 7:14 May Not Mean What You Think"
The temple of God was something King David longed to build for his people. But God wouldn't allow him the privilege, because he was a man of war. So David prepared the materials, and the task was fulfilled by his son, Solomon.
Slightly Obsessed #152 "He Is, We Are"
The car snakes past the other drivers as we jockey for position in the fast lane. We accelerate at the city limits, find our places, and settle in for the drive. I give the Jeep its head, and it glides along the river road as if by its own accord. The old Jeep has made the trip many times.
Slightly Obsessed #151 "Why Do We Hide From God?"
We couldn't find her all day. P.T. has always been an independent little kitty. She's a senior citizen in cat years, definitely a street-wise old lady. She loves living outdoors, although she usually comes up every night to be locked safely into the large kitty kennel.
Slightly Obsessed #150 "Between Hope And The Harvest"
Hope lives in my yard. It spills from baskets. It nestles in pots and peeks out from a layer of red mulch. It even inches around the rocks that line the pond at the end of the yard. At my house, hope is the thing with chlorophyll.
Slightly Obsessed #149 "The Mystery Revealed"
There is nothing more delicious for me than a good mystery. My bookshelf is lined with Agatha Christie books. I have watched every sappy episode of Murder She Wrote and even recently hosted one of those murder/mystery dinners for my writer friends. I’m constantly intrigued by why stuff happens.
Slightly Obsessed #148 "When You're Ambushed By Fear: You Hold The Key To Victory"
When it looked as if Judah was going to be crushed by an overwhelming invasion of their enemies, King Jehoshaphat knew where to run. He proclaimed a fast throughout the land, gathered together with the people in Jerusalem before the Lord, and prayed for deliverance.
Slightly Obsessed #147 "Declare War On Yourself"
First and foremost, our war should be against our own barbarity. Before we can present the cross to others, we must first crucify ourselves.
Slightly Obsessed #146 "Is It Possible To Fall From Grace?"
He stands sweating in the spotlight, fending off a crush of media circling the podium at the scent of blood in the water. His wife stands stoically behind him. A tight smile is frozen on her face, but her eyes tell the real story of betrayal: Shame. Disappointment. Resentment.
Slightly Obsessed #145 "Ensnared: Are You Smarter Than Your Enemy?"
My witty, irreverent aunt lived her entire life in the deep South. She worked for many years as a registered nurse and taught nursing until her death from cancer at an early age. Her storytelling abilities were legendary.
Slightly Obsessed #144 "Do Miracles Still Happen?"
The last couple of years have been difficult ones for our family when we were hit with a series of losses. We said a last goodbye to several beloved family members and friends. Gains in other areas of our lives were reversed, and our days were loaded with new burdens.
Slightly Obsessed #143 "Roller Coasters, Unicorns, And Facing Our Misconceptions"
She sits nervously in the seat of the kiddie roller coaster, not comforted by the arms encircling her. The ride clacks along the rail as her tension builds. She knows what is coming, and she scrunches her eyes tightly against it.
Slightly Obsessed #142 "Into His Death: Why We Are Baptized"
Baptism is the outward symbol of what happens inwardly when a person is brought up from the old life into the resurrection power of God. In this simple, yet gigantic step of obedience, baptism becomes a powerful witness to the magnitude of God’s work in us.
Slightly Obsessed #141 "You Are Stronger Than The Thing That Controls You"
Not long after God’s people entered the Promised Land, they were given their first test of faith. God revealed a stronghold of Satan to Joshua and commanded the Israelites to go up against it. All strongholds have names. This one was named Jericho.
Slightly Obsessed #140 "Your Life Matters"
Do you ever feel invisible? Does it seem like your struggles to live a life of faith are in vain? Do you feel that your life doesn’t matter? Imagine how Noah felt. Sure, we know now what an important job he had. But although he’s remembered for building a boat that survived a worldwide flood and rescued humanity, he...
Slightly Obsessed #139 "Why Regret Can Be A Good Thing"
He was hot, and he was cold, but the fisherman named Peter was never lukewarm. The mercurial disciple of Jesus, whose passion was only matched by his volatility, either walked on water or sank in the waves. This man didn’t tread water.
Slightly Obsessed #138 "Do You Long For A Refuge?"
The school bus groaned to a stop, flung open its doors, and belched out two children. The boy bounded up the driveway to freedom like a foal let out to pasture. The girl followed slowly up the gravel driveway toward home, lugging an armful of schoolbooks and a flute case.
Slightly Obsessed #137 "This Old House"
The last few years we’ve been tearing into our aging log home to give it some new life. Raising five children took its toll on the place, and it’s been looking tired. But there’s one thing I know: it may be looking worn in places, but it’s solid right down to the foundation.
Slightly Obsessed #136 "What Is An Atheist?"
When the reality of our mortality shakes our world, when the questions outnumber the pat answers we’ve always conjured up, He is waiting to reveal Himself to us who are atheos, without God, in the world.
Slightly Obsessed #135 "The One Time You Can Know God Is Near"
One year just after Christmas, my brother’s home burned to the ground. Virtually nothing was saved except for a few wedding photographs that miraculously escaped the flames. In tears I watched him and his wife dig carefully through the ashes for any shred of their possessions.
Slightly Obsessed #134 "New Year’s Day, All Year Long"
Snow fell all day today, blanketing the yard and surrounding hills in a soft white whisper. Christmas still adorns our house, although the ornaments are sagging on the tree. Little piles of unused Christmas wrap and orphan presents wait to be assimilated into our home.
Slightly Obsessed #133 "What Will Your Tomorrow Bring?"
The man finished his patrol around the field and returned to the small fire where the others gathered to warm up. He pulled up a piece of wood to sit on, plopped down, and stretched his legs toward the heat. By habit, he surveyed the night sky for any sign of approaching weather.
Slightly Obsessed #132 "Transformed"
The skeleton lay in its dusty box, long hidden from the sun. I knelt down and reluctantly opened the lid. A tangle of white metal and miniature lights lay in an inglorious heap. I lifted a section out of its casket and shook it. It unfolded with an unceremonious rattle.
Slightly Obsessed #131 "Save Our Souls"
The fishing vessel lunged toward the sky upon a heaving wave and careened down its black back as the herculean storm roiled the ocean beneath them. Rain pounded against the wheelhouse windows of the ship. Inside the wheelhouse, the lights of the navigational instruments were small comfort to the exhausted captain.
Slightly Obsessed #130 "This Thanksgiving, One Word Bothers Me"
My feet throbbed as I eased into bed after a long day. Yesterday afternoon I baked and frosted dozens of sugar cookies for family members. Like millions of other Americans, I’m gearing up for the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Slightly Obsessed #129 "Are You Recognized By Hell and Heaven?"
I hate visiting a big church for the first time. Once I get past the cheery greeters just inside the doors, I seem to disappear. As I make my way to the sanctuary, people brush by me without even making eye contact. I suddenly feel very insignificant. But it’s not surprising.
Slightly Obsessed #128 "Beyond the Veil"
One moment he was fine, feeling strong and young and immortal. The next moment, his life crashed around him, and the veil between two worlds was torn. In the space between one breath and the next, a teenager discovered which world is real.
Slightly Obsessed #127 "An Overused Four-letter Word"
This was recently posted on social media by a stranger: “Please don’t be offended if I don’t reply or follow you. But I love you!” Uh, okay. I pondered the introduction. This person wanted me to know that they may or may not decide to ever communicate with me.
Slightly Obsessed #126 "Three Diamonds for Ava"
It was an evening wedding. The ballroom was elegant and large. A massive chandelier of mirrors hung from the vaulted ceiling, capturing and reflecting every movement below. The lights were dimmed, but the room was alive with strings of white miniature lights that ran along the ceiling and cascaded behind a gold curtain to form an electric altar of light.
Slightly Obsessed #125 "You Will Not Be Put to Shame"
It started as a child. It haunted me through school. Sometimes it still comes in the night, when darkness covers my heart and whispers to my mind the three little words I hate to hear: You’re a failure.