Posts By Erin Cofield

24 Nov 2014 ErinCofield

The Struggle is Real–Or Is It?

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At least once a week, I hear this phrase: “I’m just really struggling with… (fill in the blank).”  And I typically respond with, “Are you?  Really?”

Don’t get me wrong.  I know there are times in our walks with God when we are really and truly struggling with sin or doubt. But I wonder if sometimes we’re using the word “struggle” incorrectly.

See, “struggling” indicates a fight of some sort. In order to “struggle” with something, you must be actively involved in trying to get out or away from the thing that you’re struggling with. If I told you I struggled with a bobcat, you’d expect to see some scratches on me.  When the police say there were “no signs of a struggle,” you know no one fought off an attacker.

We use the phrase “struggling with sin and doubt” as though we’re actually fighting against it. So I have to ask again…Are you? Read more

13 Oct 2014 ErinCofield

4 Lessons I Learned From Unfriending Facebook

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Regent University - devicesOur society is addicted to the “update.” Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” and we are happy to answer. What’s on our mind, our plates and our calendars. Twitter asks us to make it concise– 140 characters or less, please– and we edit our experiences down, re-tweeting and hash-tagging accordingly. As soon as we take a picture on our smart phones, we upload it to Instagram, smack a filter on that bad boy, and share it with the world. Whether we are in a meeting, a museum, or a mosque, we are never out of reach from the rest of the world. So what happens when the “convenience” becomes… inconvenient? Read more

12 Sep 2014 ErinCofield

School Year’s Resolutions

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Regent University - School  YearHere we are again at the beginning of another school year. An old Staples commercial used the Christmas song, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” to describe how parents feel about this season of supply lists, schedules, and sports tryouts.

While I am not careening through the aisles gleefully, I will admit to a certain excitement about the start of the new school year– but not for the reason you may think. While I always look forward to getting back to the “routine” of concrete bedtimes, homework, and yes, less junk food, the real reason I love the start of the school year is this: It’s the perfect time for New Year’s Resolutions. You might be thinking I’m about 8 months late on this. So if it helps, we’ll call this “School Year’s Resolution” instead. Read more

05 Aug 2014 ErinCofield

Not Used for Purpose Intended

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Regent University - Not for Purpose IntendedA long time ago, WAY back in 2002, Rick Warren published a book simply titled, “The Purpose Driven Life.” Since then, the book has become the bestselling hardback non-fiction book in history, and is the second most-translated book in the world, after the Bible. Apparently, there are a LOT of people who want to know what their purpose is, and also how to live according to that purpose.

Businesses often outline a purpose, usually referred to as their “mission statement.” Regent University’s mission statement is: “[To serve] as a center of Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a Biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.”

What about you? Do you have purpose statement? Do you believe that you have a purpose to your life?

The Bible says you do. God designed you with a purpose in mind. Yes, God designed you with a broad, global purpose (to worship Him and glorify Him) but also a very specific purpose–one that only you can accomplish. Read more

04 Jun 2014 ErinCofield

How Gravity Impacts Relationships

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Regent University - feetI am not a scientist, or even a Science major. In fact, I have to say a big “Thank God!” to the fact that Regent University offers transfer credits so that I do not have to take another science class ever again. Now that we’ve established that I am not an expert on the subject, let me tell you one thing I do know.

Science impacts your relationships. Specifically, gravity.

Gravity is what holds us all down on the Earth. It is the force that makes it easy to lift a feather but not a TV. Gravity pulls at us every day. Read more