Arise and Shine

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.Fo behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.”  – Isaiah 60:1-2 NKJV Arise: Shake off your slumber. Stand firm. Advance. Shine: Let what burns within you … More Arise and Shine

My Sheep Hear Me

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  -John 10:27 NKJV Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling the faith.  Each day as I finish writing, I’ve been asking the Lord what He is saying for the next day. When I asked yesterday, simultaneously, in my not-so-faith-filled heart, I also said, “Do I … More My Sheep Hear Me

The Glance

“You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.” – Song of Solomon 4:9 NLT I haven’t been at my best lately. I’ve felt that way for a while now. The current challenges have just furthered that assessment. … More The Glance

Draw Near

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  – James 4:8 NKJV Draw near to God. Draw near—closer than you’ve ever dared to come. Draw near to His heart. Nestle into His arms. Lay your head on His chest and hear His heartbeat. Feel the strength of His embrace. Gaze into His … More Draw Near

Fear Not

“Fear not little flock for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 ESV These are the words I immediately heard yesterday when I asked Jesus what He was saying. There is so much comfort in this one short sentence. First, “fear not…”  Jesus said that a lot. Probably … More Fear Not

Unshakeable Hope

So Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled.  It is very common for people to swear an oath by something greater than themselves, for the oath will confirm their statements and end all dispute. So in the same way, God wanted to end all doubt and confirm it even more forcefully to … More Unshakeable Hope

Hope Lives Here

Hope lives here. That’s what it says on the wall of the prayer room we recently opened in Redlands. Actually, the walls say a lot of things, but that’s what jumped out at me when I came in today. Hope lives here. Hope lives in this space. Hope lives in this place; in this room. … More Hope Lives Here

Way Maker

“You are… Way Maker Miracle Worker Promise Keeper Light in the Darkness My God, that is who you are”* I’ve had this song on repeat for awhile now. I haven’t just been singing it, I’ve been declaring it. I’ve been declaring it over… Impossible circumstances Immovable situations Insurmountable odds I’ve been declaring it over… Broken … More Way Maker

The Underestimated Superpower of Showing Up

There are a lot of things I am not: I am not a particularly gifted person. Heaven knows, I’m not a very together person. I’m not super popular, or charismatic, or thoughtful, or giving, or an “everybody-wants-to-be-around-you” kind of person. I’m not filled with extraordinary revelation, or amazing spiritual insights. I’m not crazy creative. I’m … More The Underestimated Superpower of Showing Up

Lessons Learned Under the Umbrella of Grace

“Thankfully, there is one other possibility, and that is that God has actually given you a supernatural grace to live opposite your circumstances. Have you experienced this type of grace from God that allows you to live in the peace of knowing you are obeying Him, even when those around you don’t understand?” -Bill Johnson … More Lessons Learned Under the Umbrella of Grace

Faithful

“Why do you work so hard to find fault with yourself, when I gave everything to find you faultless?” This was the question I heard last night as I was wrestling through some things with the Lord. I didn’t have a good answer. I was pondering a significant area in my life where I really … More Faithful

Leaning

I’m not normally at a loss for words. But lately I have been. Often, in fact. Believe it or not, at times, I run out of words. I run out of opinions. I run out of ideas. I run out of me. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. This isn’t some self-deprecating, “woe is … More Leaning

This Most Holy Night (a “Night Before Christmas” poem)

T’was the night before Christmas And all through the house Not a creature was stirring Not even a mouse I finally sat down With a cup of steaming hot tea To ponder the beauty Of what this season truly means Christmas hasn’t always been The easiest of times Deep loneliness and pain Often left me … More This Most Holy Night (a “Night Before Christmas” poem)

Christ in Me

I’ve been so aware lately of my many deficiencies. I have an ongoing joke with the Lord that I pretty much suck at life. While certain spiritual realities come easily to me–I guess you could say they are supernaturally natural–a lot of “normal” life stuff that seems like it should be a whole lot easier … More Christ in Me

Love Wins

Last week I posted some musings on a variety of things. This paragraph was included: Love wins. Period. There is no person, no program, no politics, and no policy that can eliminate the division in our nation, or the darkness that is so prevalent in this world. It should go without saying that dogmatically expressing our … More Love Wins

Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 3”

Waiting. Could there possibly be a more despised concept in western culture? In these days of instant gratification and instant access to just about everything, waiting has become a foreign concept. Yet the exhortation to “wait on the Lord” is found throughout Scripture. Anyone who has walked with the Lord for more than about five … More Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 3”

What Do You Want?

Do you want what you think you need in your timing, or do you want what you really want in Mine? I  wasn’t expecting the question. But, of course, I already knew the answer. Even though it sounds like a no-brainer, there was a very real cost associated with the “obvious” answer. What I thought I … More What Do You Want?