Have you ever noticed a disconnect between the things you say you believe and what you consistently live? Me too. Although I have always had a very high value for authenticity and tend to be very transparent about my own weaknesses and struggles, there are many values and beliefs I hold dear in my heart that do … More The Substance of Grace
As I’ve already shared, I’ve committed to posting a couple times a month over on the Live Brave blog. My first post over there was this short poem. I like to get my head around things in simple terms and I wrote that first poem to do just that. I wanted to answer the question … More Until I Know
I woke up today feeling like a baby elephant was sitting on my chest. I started crying the moment I got out of bed. Sometimes you just need to do that … cry. This world will break your heart. There is so much injustice. So much pain. Some of it is personal. Some of it … More Let Love Begin With Me
I just love the fresh start of a new year. I am especially looking forward to this new year. It seems like I’m not the only one–there is an almost palpable sense of excitement in the air. Obviously, I don’t know what all this year will hold — watching it unfold is half the fun — … More New Year, New Season … and New Opportunities!
O’ come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O’ come ye, o’ come ye, to Bethlehem … Christmas is over, but I can’t stop thinking about these words. I can’t stop thinking about what it means to come – joyful and triumphant – to Bethlehem. To small, forgotten Bethlehem. The least likely of all locations, … More Joyful and Triumphant
Would you end it? That’s the provocative question asked in a recent video from the END IT Movement. (Click here to see the video.) It hit home because of a couple of conversations I had just this past week. In discussing the issue of human trafficking, we were lamenting the fact that many people really … More If you could see it …
I’m over it! No, really I am. To be more precise … I’m over ME. I’m over taking myself too seriously. I’m over caring what anyone else thinks. I’m over worrying about what I do or do not have, what I can or cannot do, and what does or does not happen. I’m over wasting … More Over It!
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Linga Samudram was opened in 2013, under the umbrella of Covenant Children’s Homes – India. It is located in the Prakasam District in the state of Andhra Pradesh near the city of Ongole. In a Covenant Children’s Home, we create an atmosphere of love and belonging, where the children not only…
Just a couple days ago I was sitting on a plane returning from Israel. A huge chunk of my heart lives in Israel so returning to the States is often difficult. I’ve sometimes joked that I spend the entire plane ride back crying. Of course that is an exaggeration, but lets just say that usually … More Overwhelmed by Beauty
NOTE: While I’m in Israel, I’ll be re-running a couple posts from the last few years. I wrote this about two years ago, but I’m re-posting it because it goes along with my last post Great Expectations. Grace and shalom to all! This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine This … More This Little Light of Mine
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. –Matt. 14:28-29 I see you watching the waves and wondering … do I dare? Do I dare to risk it all? Again? … More From His Heart to Yours: 10/1/2013
A few lines was all it took. It was a “random” preview of an upcoming book written by a young man with a passionate hunger for the presence of God. I don’t know what the book is about as a whole. And I have no idea of its merit as a whole (although I suspect … More The Disconnect
So, apparently Paul had this “thorn in the flesh” … We don’t know what it was. Some people have tried to speculate, but Scripture doesn’t say. I figure if the Holy Spirit wanted us to know, he would have recorded it. He didn’t. That in itself says something to me. Although I’m sure the specifics were really … More Thoughts on Thorns
I didn’t get it. No really. For a long, long time–I just didn’t get it. But then something clicked. I can’t tell you exactly what changed. I just know something very significant has changed. I know the season has changed. Even more … I know I’ve changed. For a very long time I’ve clung to … More S.T.R.O.N.G.
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching (Mat 7:28). The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (Mat 8:27). And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowed was amazed and … More Amazed
What if? It’s a question we’ve all asked. It’s a question that taunts and torments many in the dark of night … What if it doesn’t work out? What if the unthinkable happens? What if I don’t get that job? What if my marriage doesn’t survive? What if we lose the house? What if the … More What If?
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Cor. 4:17). But sometimes our troubles seem neither momentary nor light. Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly … More In Between
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Mike: Even those of us who were raised by a good parent or parents have issues with feeling like an orphan or what many call the orphan spirit. It is that deep level feeling of being unwanted, rejected and uncared for. Many of us have been or are angry about…
The Apostle Paul said he “learned the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Phil. 4:12). I don’t think I can honestly say I’ve truly learned to be “content” in every situation, but I think I am finally learning the secret of being “okay” in any and every situation. That’s because I’m learning … More Learning to Be Okay …With Not Being Okay
Time. It seems there is never enough of it. I find myself running late far too often. On any given day I feel like I’m behind on dozens of things. That feeling often carries over from a task level to a heart level. Sometimes I feel like I’m behind in life. I feel like there are things … More Time Is My Ally