As Sparks Fly Up

Job5:7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.

Being one part crusader, another part counselor/teacher, mixed in with a bit of human observer and problem solver makes me a Christian with strong convictions who is irritated by shallow thinking — in myself as well as others. I am driven to seek real answers to serious questions.

I have been blessed to witness the seemingly charmed lives of the devoted and disciplined. I have been equally honored to share the burdens of those with shipwrecked lives who battled unseen demons and hidden torments not evident to casual acquaintances.

With an innate passion for justice and an equal tendency to give people the benefit of the doubt, I do strive to embrace the challenge of Micah 6: 8 –though I do admit with mixed results on my part.

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To seek justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

In a phrase, I can tend to “power-brake” through life–giving things my full effort all the while studying the circumstances, the principles at work, and my motives. There can be smoke and noise and stress with a lot of energy expended, but that is the way of it when you do a thing wholeheartedly. It is not a mindless, boring existence and it is not without its risks and critics.

What you will find here are insights and observations gained along the way. I truly believe Proverbs 27:17.

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Perhaps you will find something useful here and step away with an epiphany. I am, however, just as hopeful that I will encounter thoughtful people who are “iron” in their own right used by God to share the wisdom they have acquired while experiencing the challenges and changes, hurts and losses, as well as blessings and joys of life.

Michele Brazie

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