All articles by Pamela Thorson
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.
Slightly Obsessed #117 "Who Is the Devil? Part 1"
There are only two kinds of snakes in our yard: one rock and two rock. The big ones take two rocks. That’s been my credo for years. I always figured that snakes have the whole river valley where I live to hang out.
Slightly Obsessed #116 "What Do You Battle?"
One flag comes down. Another goes up. And everyone has an opinion. Battle lines are being drawn everywhere as the States formerly known as United become a nation polarized by competing ideologies.
Slightly Obsessed #115 "After the Flood, Before the Fire"
As we lurch toward destruction, we slap away the hand reaching down to rescue us. We can do this by ourselves. We don’t need a daddy or an advocate. It’s all under control.
Slightly Obsessed #114 "The Color of Forgiveness"
His first target was the College of Charleston. But the security was too tight, so he chose a place that would be easy because everyone was welcome there. He walked into a church.
Slightly Obsessed #113 "Are You Feeling Weak?"
Is life pressing in on you lately? Have you been feeling weak in your faith? Are you tired of the daily onslaughts on your family, your faith, and your work? How do believers find strength for a new day filled with old problems?
Slightly Obsessed #112 "Silence of the Lamb"
Heaven is a busy place. At least, that’s what the Bible says. According to the Scriptures, it’s the true center of the universe, where angels regularly present themselves to God. Since there are ten thousand times ten thousands of angels, it must be quite a process to acknowledge them all.
Slightly Obsessed #111 "The Holy Spirit: His Seal on Our Hearts"
In his book The Holy Spirit, Billy Graham tells the story of an English missionary who died in India during the early 1900’s. Immediately his former neighbors broke into his home and pillaged it, stealing the man’s possessions.
Slightly Obsessed #110 "Do You Know Who You Are?"
My angelic-looking little towhead had been pushing my hot button all day. He kept up the mischief until my patience finally cracked under his antics, and I ordered him into the kitchen for a “talk.”
Slightly Obsessed #109 "Like a River"
I sit this morning in the quiet of a new day and wonder: How do I keep this command? I know God dwells in me through His Holy Spirit. But how do I keep that constant flow of His power filling every corner of my life?
Slightly Obsessed #108 "Living in Laodicea"
It was just a small church in a little town. I was the facilitator for a tiny group that comprised the ladies’ Bible study. One day I arrived breathless and late to open up the church.
Slightly Obsessed #107 "The Mark of a Believer"
He sat perched on the examination table with his gangly legs hanging over the side. The crisp white paper crackled under him as he shifted his weight. He just wanted out of there.
Slightly Obsessed #106 "Easter: A Time for Hope"
Today it rained. The lovely sun-filled days of the past week gave way into a quick spring squall. As the clouds rolled in and rain fell in sheets upon our roof, I picked up the newspaper and a cup of coffee.
Slightly Obsessed #105 "Stardust"
In that quiet hour before I awaken enough to mentally strap on the burdens of the day, I take in the wonder of the peace that envelops me. I revel in the warm colors of the log beams and cedar planking above my head.
Slightly Obsessed #104 "Falling Snow Geese and Why It Doesn’t Pay to Worry"
It’s easy to weave worry into the fabric of our thought life. It becomes such a conditioned response to trial—or the possibility of a trial—that even our prayers become more like worrying directed heavenward than actual communication with God.
Slightly Obsessed #103 "The Tree of Life"
It was cold outside. We dashed from the car to the local home and garden store for some heat. We separated at the door; my husband headed toward the hardware aisle as I made a beeline for the indoor plants. Every year about this time, I wander through the lush tropical plants fresh from the hothouse and long for my personal Eden.
Slightly Obsessed #102 "Seize the Flavor, Church"
He sat in the doctor’s office, scrunched into the little room along with the formidable exam table, the computer with all his medical information, the doctor, and two doting family members. The doctor studied the computer screen for a moment and then asked him how much salt he ate with his meals.
Slightly Obsessed #101 "God Doesn't Need Our Opinions"
The ability to hurt or encourage others with our words is a powerful feeling. This is never more evident than on social media sites like Facebook. It’s fun to post things that make us laugh or stir our spirits. It’s great to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
Slightly Obsessed #100 "When Perspective Shatters Our Pettiness"
I wanted to be grumpy. I awakened with that goal tucked away in the back pocket of my attitude. My body complained as I rolled out of bed. I stretched, trying to unkink my muscles for the long day that lay ahead of me.
Slightly Obsessed #099 "A Daddy's Love"
The child in the old black-and-white print can’t be more than several months old. Wisps of blonde hair frame a cherubic face. Her wide, toothless grin lights up the room.
Slightly Obsessed #098 "Five Ways To Fight Fear"
The images were surreal, as if replayed from a Hollywood movie. But the mayhem, blood, and horror were very real as a French SWAT team stormed a Parisian shop and freed the hostages taken by a terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Slightly Obsessed #097 "Who Will Tell Them?"
He sits on an old sofa, his gun nestled against his arm. He is pale and sweating. He doesn’t look like other terrorists we see on t.v., although he dresses like them and sports a beard.
Slightly Obsessed #096 "Are You Haunted By Loneliness?"
I sat at the back of the church next to my friends, basking in the glow of a beautiful Sunday morning service. The lights were dimmed. At the front of the cavernous sanctuary, the worship team played softly.
Slightly Obsessed #095 "The Best Gifts" (Wednesday Devo)
The big box stood conspicuously in the airport, shaped like a large present but sporting a huge monitor. A cheery message invited airline travelers to the screen to swipe their tickets there.