All articles by Pamela Thorson
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.
Slightly Obsessed #124 "When Justice Isn't Swift"
He sat waiting just outside the circle of the street light, poised in the shadows like a viper in black. I just happened to see him as I pulled up to a stop sign and waited for the traffic to clear. I was careful to signal and look both ways before pulling out onto the highway.
Slightly Obsessed #123 "What's in YOUR Fridge?"
As people count strength, Betsie was a frail person. Chronic illness had battered her small frame even before she was herded with the others on a train headed to a Nazi death camp.
Slightly Obsessed #122 "Firebrand: Faith Aflame"
Until this summer, I never knew the source of the term “firebrand.” I knew it meant someone who was passionate or radical about a cause. I guessed it meant to be “on fire.” I had never heard the other definition of this word.
Slightly Obsessed #121 "Where Is the Devil Headed?"
Where is the devil headed? The answer that springs to mind is: Hell. Actually, Satan has never inhabited hell. Hades (in the Greek) and Sheol (in the Hebrew) are other words for hell, the place for the departed souls of those who have died in their sins.
Slightly Obsessed #120 "Where Is the Devil Now?"
According to Scriptures, the devil inhabits three places: heaven, space, and Earth’s surface. In Job, we are given a very special glimpse into the throne room of God. Here we see both Satan presenting himself before God, and his own report that he roams the earth.
Slightly Obsessed #119 "Who Is the Devil? Part 3"
It’s snake season where I live. The long, dry summer we’ve had has driven all kinds of creatures down to our river valley in Idaho. The hills around us are scorched under the unusually abundant triple-digit days.
Slightly Obsessed #118 "Who Is the Devil? Part 2"
Popular culture paints the devil as a slick-talking rascal in a red suit, sporting horns and a pointy tail. He supposedly lives in hell and relishes each new addition to his cauldron of boiling souls. The monster behind the caricature is a much more frightening and complicated creature.