Romantic whimsy and steely determination Etched upon her face A beautiful gown flowing gracefully Over the combat boots on her feet With compassion in her heart Iron in her soul And a spirit aligned with His She is a lover ready for war Her Beloved, the Captain of Angel Armies The Lord of Hosts Eternally … More The Warrior Bride
Lord, I know You’ve heard my cries for “more.” But honestly I’m not sure what more even looks like, let alone how to apprehend it. But I do know You. And I know You still have my yes. You still have my trust. If I need to believe hard enough, pray long enough, declare loud … More A Prayer for More
Hineni Here I am Here I am with You Here I am before Your face Here I am before Your throne Hineni Here I am To whom shall I go? You alone have the words of eternal life Hineni Here I am Here I am again Here I am gazing up Here I am where … More Hineni
In Your Presence, there is …no hurry …no stress …no striving …no worry …no fear …no confusion …no lack In Your Presence, there is …only peace …only rest …only restoration …only clarity …only grace …only love …only You “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your … More In Your Presence
I saw it happen over and over again. Years ago, when I worked for a large missions organization, I loved to watch our missionaries head out to their long-term field assignments filled with fire and passion—certain they would see God move in mighty ways. What I didn’t love so much was watching many of these … More Embracing the Journey
Rarely have I been so unsure of what God is saying- Yet rarely have I been so sure of who He is Rarely have my thoughts of where He is leading me shifted so frequently- Yet rarely has my calling and destiny felt so secure Rarely has the future seemed so shrouded in mystery- Yet … More Divine Union
Sometimes freedom looks like exuberance–whooping, hollering, and dancing wildly Other times freedom looks like quiet stillness–the complete absence of striving, with no need to prove anything to anyone Sometimes freedom looks like laughing Sometimes freedom looks like crying Sometimes freedom looks like permission to feel nothing at all Sometimes freedom looks effortless Other times freedom … More True Freedom
Come out of hiding My chosen ones Come into the open For your time has come Faith forged in the fire of painful adversity Character developed in hiddenness and quiet obscurity Love refined, redefined by uncompromised purity His beauty now revealed with grace and maturity Saul’s time has passed Let David arise As one in His … More Let David Arise
Action: the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim; a thing done, an act. If there is one things our culture admires, it is action and achievement. That is what this last week of our Be-Loved series is about—love in action. It is about moving in partnership with God into the fullness of … More Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 5”
Triumph! Now we’re getting somewhere. Who doesn’t love the big triumphant finish? Everyone loves to see the answer to their prayers—especially when the answer has been a long time in coming. Long awaited victories are defining moments for all of us. Previously, we’ve looked at the opportunities to lean into God’s heart during times of … More Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 4”
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”
Suffering. That word likely invokes all kinds of emotions and images. Most of them highly undesirable! So why on earth would a topic like suffering be included in a study on intimacy with God? When we think about the people we are closest to in our lives, we often have the deepest bond with those … More Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 2”
Intimacy. What is it? More specifically, what does it mean in our relationship with Jesus? Is it something to be desired? The dictionary defines intimacy as: close familiarity or friendship; closeness. One catchy definition I’ve often heard is “in-to-me-see.” Intimacy is a place of vulnerability and authenticity. It’s a place where there are no pretenses; … More Monday Morning Musings: “Be-Loved, week 1”
Take me to that holy place Take me to that sacred space It’s the place where I can breathe – The place where the air is pure It’s the place I was created to dwell The place where my spirit soars It’s the atmosphere of heaven – The place where the air is pure There’s … More Where the Air is Pure
Years ago I saw a picture of a circle that began, then ended, then began again. Each time the circle closed and began again, it was within the previous circle, but slightly smaller. After several circles had begun, then closed, then began again, the picture took on the shape of a funnel. I realized that … More Time to Be-Loved? New/old curriculum available (free) online soon!
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. —Hebrews 10:35 I am the Promise Giver, and I am the Promise Keeper. I see you growing anxious and searching for someone, anyone, who will continue to confirm the promises I have spoken over your life. But beloved, isn’t enough that I have spoken? My … More From His Heart to Yours: March 17, 2017
We come with nothing Yet have everything in You Christ in us The hope of glory Even more astounding The hope of Your glory Is Christ in us Your glory Entrusted to us The earth filled with glory When You The Source Flow through us Such a marvelous mystery The Infinite Dwelling within the finite … More Spontaneous Devotions: “The Source”
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Note: A good friend of mine, artist Aeron Brown, recently opened an art gallery close to my home (The Threshold Art Gallery in Redlands, CA). I dropped by to hang out for a few minutes the other day and we hit upon an idea. I would read a scripture or something I’d recently written (or both) … More Spontaneous Devotions: “Come to Me”
We want a memo, He wants to talk. We want a right or wrong answer, He wants us to learn. We want to follow specific instructions, He wants us to enjoy the process. We want to get somewhere, but sometimes … sometimes He just wants to take a walk with us. Does any of this … More Monday Morning Musings: Slave or Son?