I'm Not Crazy; I'm a Christian

Where Did I Leave That Lasso Of Truth?

As a child of the 70s and early 80s, I was raised on action comics and cartoons. My older brother was a huge fan of the Marvel™ and DC™ universes. As his baby sister, desperate for his attention and any opportunity to not get kicked out of his room, I immersed myself into all things superhero-related. I was then allowed access to the inner sanctum (my brother’s bedroom) provided I didn’t talk too much. Yeah, I still got kicked out a lot.

But over time I grew to really enjoy these characters and their adventures. I admired the powers of Superman, the sarcastic wit of Spiderman, the brute strength of the Hulk. The Fantastic Four, The Justice League, Batman and Robin (and Batgirl) – I loved them all. I was, however, particularly drawn to two characters, one from each franchise interestingly enough: Sue Storm/Richards aka the Invisible Girl (Marvel™) and Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman (DC™).

Sue had the ability to make herself disappear, hence the whole Invisible Girl title, obviously. I wanted that so much. It wasn’t like I didn’t want anyone to see me, but to be able to slip in and out of rooms and situations without being noticed seemed so cool to me. I wanted access to secret conversations, closed door meetings, back room dealings, and every other cliché imaginable. I wanted to know the truth.

Of course, no one could get to the truth better than Wonder Woman. As a side note, she too had invisibility powers. She had an invisible jet. I must say that always just seemed downright dangerous to me. Her plane was invisible! This means that no one, including pilots, birds, etc could see it! Am I the only one who envisioned some catastrophic in-flight incident? And when they’d go to check the black box that records everything, that wouldn’t help because her plane is invisible! Picture it – the aircrew is flying along minding their own business when suddenly WHAM! They’re in a tailspin, calling in a mayday, people are screaming, oxygen masks are dropping from the ceiling; it’s chaos. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman in her invisible plane jumps out to safety. She’d even probably have to stop the other plane from crashing into the ocean or a nearby mountain. Then as the saved passengers take turns thanking her for rescuing them, someone asks, “What happened?” The bewildered pilot replies, “I don’t know. We hit something. But there was nothing there. I swear. There was nothing there.” Wonder Woman might have to beat a hasty retreat at that point.

But I digress.

What I wanted more than anything was Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. If you don’t know, she would literally throw this golden rope around someone and they would be forced to tell her the truth. I want that! Can you imagine the possibilities? I’m not speaking of doing something nefarious with it like using it to get the combination to a safe loaded with gold bullion or anything. I’m talking about preventing someone from lying. Just think how different things would be in this world if, for example, politicians and people in power were tied up with that beautiful, golden thread and made to speak only the truth.

Sadly, my dream of having a lasso of truth was never realized. But what I learned from reading the Bible is that there is a belt of truth. Don’t believe me? Good. Don’t take my word for it; check out the verse:

  • Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:13-15 NIV, biblegateway.com, emphasis added)

We’ve got access to a belt of truth! But one may ask, “Whose truth? Yours? Mine?” Believe it or not, there are objective, universal truths. These form the foundation of society, of its morals and conduct. Though the current trend seems to be to move away from objective truth and embrace more subjective ones, which by extension means relying more on emotions or opinions rather than facts, the Bible defines truth in this verse:

  • Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John14:6 NIV, biblegateway.com, emphasis added)

Does this mean that I’m supposed to wear a Jesus belt buckle?

No, it does not.

The Word of God, the Bible, is where the Truth is found. It’s where you can learn about God and His Son Jesus. You can then choose whether or not to invite Him into your life, your heart. The choice is always yours. What I can assure you of is that should you choose to make that commitment, He can then send the Holy Spirit. This is an absolute game-changer. The Holy Spirit is the greatest superpower there is. I often give the warning to others that lies don’t last too long around me. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the truth always comes out. The best part is that it usually happens with little to no effort from me. Some might even call it divine intervention. I just call it my secret weapon. But that’s a subject for another time.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and remember, don’t go out without your belt buckled. And stay away from invisible planes, if you can. Of course, they’re invisible, so how can you avoid them?

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay in the know.

Look forward to hearing from you.


My Only Wisdom Has A Cavity




Welcome to the site. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking some time to visit. When it was suggested I write a blog, my first thought was:

Do we really need another blog?

That’s a fair question, no? I actually had a similar thought before I started writing my book I’m Not Crazy; I’m A Christian some 13 years ago. Did I really have anything to say? Would anyone actually want to read it? Would it help anyone who did read it? But then, as now, there was this overwhelming desire that I just couldn’t shake.

In the case of the book, I started and stopped writing many times over the next decade. Finally, when I had poured out all my ramblings, I began the process of organizing them into some sort of cohesive narrative that I hope you enjoy.

My favorite writing style is this conversational one that I’m using here and I used throughout the book. I like feeling as if we’re sitting together just having a good chat and, hopefully, some laughs. And if there’s a cupcake or cookie, well then I’m really, really satisfied. I’m a simple gal. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.

What would make me truly happy is if you and I can connect here. I want this site to become a platform for healthy conversations about life—the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. As a Christian, I believe the Bible is the guidebook for our lives. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend you do. If you even start with the book of Proverbs, you’ll soon see how much wisdom is contained in it. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s how the book begins:

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings
and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

That’s the biggest spoiler alert ever! It gives the whole plot away! But whether you believe it or not, and whether you read it or not, you’re welcome here. I think we could all benefit from more humor and honest conversation.

In that spirit, as my title states, my only wisdom has a cavity. It’s a fact. Three of my wisdom teeth chose never to make an appearance. The one that did went bad. Because my mind thinks the way it does, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was some natural expression of a supernatural truth. Whatever little wisdom I may take credit for is…well…rotten. Thankfully, because I’ve read Proverbs, I learned this valuable lesson:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
(Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV, biblegateway.com)

Don’t be wise in your own eyes.

What a simple statement that holds so much truth. I don’t know about you, but many are the times that I think I know the whole picture, or I know I’ve got it all figured out. When I inevitably learn that I was wrong, it’s quite humbling. In this season of my life I am learning not to lean on my own understanding. When my mind races to solve a problem, I have to pause. I have to breathe. I have to consider that there might be more going on than what I know in that present moment. I might not have all the information. The intel I gathered (because now I’m a covert ops specialist, apparently) could be wrong. My sources might not be the most reliable.

But I’m sure you never have that happen to you. You’ve never gone off on a mission (again, because we’re spies now) only to see that mission fail, spectacularly. And there’s the collateral damage to consider. The unintended consequences of us being wise in our own eyes. Our choices may end up hurting others as well as ourselves.

That’s why I’m trying now more than ever to make sure I’m getting my marching orders straight from HQ. (I don’t know how I got on this militaristic theme, but we’re here.) For me, that involves giving what I think I know over to God and asking for His input. I won’t lie and say that I’m obedient and follow orders at all times. Nope. I do not. But I did better today than yesterday. And don’t get me started on last week!

The point is we’re all trying to navigate far from normal times. This site and my blog will be a place to share our hearts with humor and hope.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome. My name is Kat Merrigan, author of I’m Not Crazy; I’m a Christian. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.

I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about I’m Not Crazy; I’m a Christian, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my book. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too. What did you think of I’m Not Crazy; I’m a Christian? What questions do you have for me? How do you relate to my book?

I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you. Until next time, tell me a little bit about yourself.