We need committed friendships and regular fellowship that we aren’t quick to walk away from.
Focusing on #identity - the lense through which we view life. #knowingGod #knowingself #worldview
Contentment…it sounds blissful, does it not? I think of resting in a beach hammock - a warm breeze whispering through palm trees, waves lapping against the shore, a good book and a refreshing drink. Peace. Quiet. Beauty. Comfort. Oh yes, I could be content there. But for most of us, most of the time, reality … Continue reading If Only…
Rejection...oh, how it stings. We don't live long on this planet before encountering it. So many emotions come into play - pain, anger, disillusionment, loneliness, despair... Jesus knew this pain well. On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus shared an intimate meal with His closest earthly friends. Only two people in that room knew what … Continue reading Praying through Rejection
I just can't get over God. His unstoppable, relentless, extravagant love...it astounds me. It undoes me. Nothing in human experience compares to such audacious, undeterred devotion. Today, I've been reading the story of the "prodigal son" (Luke 15). Actually, I think we should call it the story of the "gracious father," because really, it's the … Continue reading A New Me
"You can use my keys, Daddy," she offered in her tiny sweet voice. Our baby girl held up her plastic rainbow keys as Hubby prepared to leave for the day. Sweet. Thoughtful. Adorable. But of course, completely impractical. Hubby knew they would never start his car. But do you know what I noticed? He didn't … Continue reading Apple of His Eye
I "played hookie" on Sunday. Oh, I went to church. I dropped my family off and then sat in the parking lot during Sunday School. I just couldn't bring myself to go in. My heart was in turmoil. I was upset about how the morning was going. Actually, I was upset about how life is … Continue reading I Shouldn’t Feel This Way
What's so bad about sin? I've been pondering that question for a while (see Eternal Life Now). As Christians we are "under grace," recipients of mercy and forever favored by God. (For more on this, click here.) Through faith in Jesus, we have become God's kids. A great exchange has taken place - Jesus took … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal?
"It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night" Psalm 92:1-2. What was the first thought on your mind this morning? What were the first words out of your mouth? Do you realize, … Continue reading Two Things for Sure