Maybe I should have a sign around my neck: Don’t poke the (mama) bear. I love peace. I hate drama. I don’t like to stir the pot. But we are living in perilous times. Sometimes silence is a luxury we can’t afford. While it takes a lot for me to stick my nose into controversial … More In All Things … Love
“May we never lose our wonder May we never lose our wonder Wide eyed and mystified May we be just like a child Staring at the beauty of our King” -Amanda Cook Childlike faith. Wonder. Simplicity. These are concepts we like to discuss, but rarely prioritize in our lives and faith. Spiritual maturity is a … More May We Never Lose Our Wonder (MMM w/video)
When I was your foe, still Your love fought for me You have been so, so good to me When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me You have been so, so kind to me Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God Oh, it chases me down, fights till I’m found, … More No Mountain You Won’t Climb Up…
You are My first choice You are My best thought You’ve never been second in My heart You’ve never been an afterthought I chose you to be Mine before you ever knew My name I chose you just as you are I will never give or withhold My love based on your “performance” I am … More Spontaneous Devotions: “First Choice”
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. —2 Timothy 2:13 Have I ever failed you, beloved? When you look at your circumstances with natural eyes, you feel as though your faith is beginning to drift, but I will come through for you whether you remain strong and steadfast or whether you waiver. I cannot deny Myself—and … More From His Heart to Yours: May 25, 2016
It was an eerie drive home. I don’t usually plan my route home specifically to maneuver around the SWAT teams that have converged upon my neighborhood, but I did tonight. Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino is about eight miles from my home. That’s way too close to be a “news story.” This one was personal … More When Fear Strikes Close to Home
“But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its window open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” –Daniel 6:10 “For He is the living God,and He will … More Kneeling Down As Usual
I’m a prisoner of hope I’m captive to grace I’m bound by the strong cords of love Yet I’m free I’m gloriously Wonderfully Marvelously Amazingly Free To be Everything He created me to be In hope In grace In love Because I’m madly Passionately Head-over-heels In love With the One Who first loved me May … More Forever Bound
I used to think I prayed big prayers~ …wild prayers …outlandish prayers …audacious prayers …even scary prayers But then I realized~ …the biggest …wildest …most outlandish and audacious …and definitely the scariest prayer I ever prayed is simply this: Teach me to love The way You love It will take a lifetime It will cost … More Praying Big Prayers
My grace is sufficient for you … –2 Corinthians 12:9 I love you, beloved. I love the unique you—the one-of-a-kind you that I created you to be. You were made for love—and as you become more and more secure in My love, you will begin to see the unique and personal ways I work in YOUR … More From His Heart to Yours: October 4, 2014
Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea A great high Priest whose name is Love Who ever lives and pleads for me My name is graven on His hands My name is written on His heart I know that while in Heaven He stands No tongue can bid me … More Before the Throne of God Above
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“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” —John 7:38 (NASB) My sweet persistent child, I love your enthusiasm! I love that You want to please Me and always want to do what is right in My eyes. You…
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 …
Have you ever heard something–a thought, or maybe even just a word–that instantly lodges itself into the deep, subterranean places of your heart? Something that hits your spirit and sticks with you in a way that is far beyond mere words? Something that unlocks a new glimpse of heaven’s heartbeat ? Something that provokes you … More Memorized
A bruised reed he will not break; a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring justice. —Isaiah 42:3 I see you, little one, I see you. I know your heartache. I’ve felt your pain. I know the injustices you’ve suffered at the hands of others. As you’ve wept, I’ve wept with … More From His Heart to Yours: 8/2/013
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
I’ve been writing poems and songs most of my life, but I didn’t really take the responsibility of stewarding the gift of “words” seriously until about ten years ago. I’ve been much more consistent about writing in an intentional way (as opposed to just when the mood strikes) since then. One of the first things … More Can You Hear the City Cry?
Excitement filled the air. At long last it was time. It was my time. It was time to present an offering to the King. It was time to place the fruit of my labor–my very best efforts–before him. The King himself had commissioned this gift. It was the very best I had to offer. I worked … More Imperfect!
I’m confronted every time I log into my own blog. It’s right there at the top–a declaration of the blog’s purpose … Simple Faith: Living life and loving Jesus in the beauty of simplicity. It sounds good. And, in fact, it is good … When it’s true. But often it isn’t. While that craving for simplicity is … More Simple Faith?
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,and if I have a faith that can move mountains,but have not love, I am nothing. If … More God is Love