Eagles Arising

Over a five day period, I saw them everywhere. Soaring eagles. Near a prayer house I was visiting. Up by Shasta Dam. Over the property of a retreat/equipping center in Central California. The grand finale was a spectacular display of their in-flight finesse near Bass Lake. During that short five day period, over a geographic … More Eagles Arising

Quiet Invitations

The invitation was quiet. It was so quiet I could have easily missed it. I walked downstairs for coffee and intended to take it back upstairs to my little prayer corner—a frequent morning routine. But there, standing in the middle of my kitchen, I felt a faint but distinct shift in the atmosphere. I stood … More Quiet Invitations

Build Your Church

I’ll admit it, I’ve been frustrated with the Church lately. For a long time, really, but especially this past year. At a time when we should have been shining our brightest and offering hope to a world in crises, we showed our worst. We argued publicly about who’s right and who’s wrong. We strained out … More Build Your Church

Full Circle

I used to pray big prayers. The “I’ll do anything, give up everything, go anywhere” type of prayers. The “I must decrease, You must increase” type of prayers. I meant them.  Because I did, Jesus answered. But He answered in a surprising way. He answered by alluring me … Straight into the wilderness. To a … More Full Circle

Alliterating Advent, week 2: IMMINENT

Last week, we pondered the wonder of the incarnation. This week, we’re adding a new word: IMMINENT Imminent: ready to take place; happening soon From the beginning of time, the incarnation was imminent. Although Jesus’ coming was imminent, it took a while to come to pass. Clearly our definition of “soon” and God’s definition are … More Alliterating Advent, week 2: IMMINENT

Knowing

For a very long time, I have believed without seeing many of the things I have believed. In fact, despite persevering through the years in praying, declaring, waiting, resting, standing, and basically doing everything I know to do to partner with God’s promises, often I have seen quite the opposite. But even when I couldn’t … More Knowing

Adding Color

Many years ago, I had a transformational encounter with Jesus. One of the analogies I made at the time was that I felt as though I had gone from the black and white beginning scenes of The Wizard of Oz to the full vibrant technicolor the film shifts into once Dorothy lands in Oz. No, … More Adding Color

Fix Your Eyes

“We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.” -Hebrews 11:2 TPT Yesterday, I heard the Lord whisper to my heart:  Fix your eyes on Me. That has been such a key for me in staying focused … More Fix Your Eyes

Come to the Table

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” – Psalm 23:5 Come to the table. Come to the table of communion. The table of divine union. The table of redemption … of restoration … and of remembrance. Come to the table. Come to the table and remember. Remember My broken body. … More Come to the Table

Not By Might…

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.” -Zechariah 4:6 I’m so glad it’s not all up to me. If it was, trust me, we’d pretty much all be doomed. I’m actually really grateful it’s not all up to you, either. I know some pretty great humans, but … More Not By Might…

Come to Me

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 NIV I’ve been feeling tired. It … More Come to Me

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

The Blessing

“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” – Number 6:24-26 About two weeks ago, I first heard a new song called, “The Blessing.”  It is a powerful song that I believe … More The Blessing

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