What do you want? What do you really want? What do you really, really, really want? When you’re quiet — when chaos and commotion have been stilled — when it’s just you and your Creator — when you’re … – gazing into his eyes – secure in his embrace – safe and free to dream … More Dream … or Default?
Today is Father’s Day. For many years, this was a difficult day for me. I lost my dad when I was just nine so most of the time Father’s Day was incredibly painful. When I was thirteen my mom remarried and let’s just say my step-father did nothing to take away the sting of being … More At My Father’s Feet
He takes my breath away. No really, he does. Sometimes, when I glimpse his face … the intensity of his gaze … penetrating with truth … yet filled with such merciful kindness … and such unfathomable love … I simply forget to breathe. (And it’s a good thing.) I’m in awe of him. I’m undone in his presence … And … More Forgetting to Breathe (And it’s a Good Thing)
For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me Light a flame in my soul for every eye to see For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me … (From the song “For the Sake of the World” by Brian Johnson) This was a … More For the Sake of the World
“But Jesus often slipped away to be alone so he could pray.” —Luke 5:16 (NCV) My heart is calling out to you, beloved. Take a deep breath–right here, right now, right where you are–and tell your racing thoughts to settle down for just a moment. Quiet your soul and come to Me. Place your ear on My … More From His Heart to Yours: 5/3/13
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
Walk with me, beloved. I took his hand and we began walking down a brightly lit corridor. Almost immediately, I saw a large red door. This must be it! The door he promised to open for me! I stood waiting with anticipation. I just knew that door would open any minute … It didn’t. … More Worth the Wait (Still)
“What we do in life, echos through eternity.” —Maximus (from The Gladiator) Sometimes I need to remind myself … This isn’t all there is. Don’t get me wrong, there is much to apprehend here and now. I want to press on to lay hold of the things for which Christ has laid hold of me. … More Eternity
Words. They can be so simple. And they can be so complex. They can give life, hope, and inspiration. They can also bring death, discouragement, and destruction. James says the power of life and death is in the tongue. I believe it! (And not just because it’s in the Bible.) I believe it because I’ve lived on both sides … More Words
“You made a way for me to enter the holy place …” (from the song “You Made a Way” by Matt Gilman) I’d sung the words many times, but this time they hit my heart with fresh revelation. He made a way. For me. To enter the holy place. Into the most holy place. Into the … More The Way Maker
Spring break may be over for most schools, but I’m just beginning mine. I’m taking a Spring writing break. Well, I guess it is more of a break from ‘format’ and consistency than anything else. I don’t think I’m going to actually stop writing or posting for any length of time, I’m just stepping back … More Spring Break?
(Just for fun, click the link at the bottom of this post and read this while it’s playing …) You are higher than we ever could imagine And closer than our eyes could ever see You are … Magnificent! You alone are holy No one else as glorious as You Magnificent! Jesus You are … More Magnificent!
It is finished … No matter how far I have to go No matter how often I mess up No matter weak and foolish I feel It is finished … No matter how far you have to go No matter how often you mess up No matter weak and foolish you feel It is finished … More It is Finished
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…” –Phil. 3:10 (NKJV) When Jesus was in Gethsemane he asked Peter, John, and James, his three closest disciples–and friends–to watch and wait with him. His soul was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matt. 26:38) and … More Monday Morning Musings: The Power of the Resurrection
It’s been quite a week. Even today, I have many things to do. There are many chores to be done and many fires yet to put out. There are a zillion calls to make and emails to send. There are things to follow up on and things to look into. There is a list to … More A Beautiful Distraction
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.–Proverbs 3:5-6 This has to be one of the most familiar passages in the Bible. Countless little ones can recite it as a Sunday school memory verse. Simple little verses, … More Monday Morning Musings: Where are You Leaning?
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. — Psalm 42:2 I’ve been carrying an ache in my heart that has been an almost constant companion in recent days. It’s often confusing. It’s rarely convenient. And it’s incredibly difficult to communicate. But I can never escape it for long. When I quiet my soul — when … More Monday Morning Musings: Aching for Him
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. –Psalm 112:6-7 Ever dreaded picking up the phone, or reading your messages, or meeting with someone, because you just knew you were going to hear bad news? If so, you’re not … More Monday Morning Musings: Good News
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” — Rev. 2:7 Jesus said these words–or something similar–a lot. In fact, in the book of Revelation, he repeated this phrase at some point in each of his messages to the seven churches. The obvious conclusion is that not everyone has ears to hear … More Monday Morning Musings: Ears to Hear