Another year is almost in the books. Well, it is almost in our books–it was recorded in heaven before the foundations of the earth. In fact, before we took our first breath, He knew the number of our days. He knew every thought. He knew every decision, every triumph, and every heartbreak. I don’t know … More Moving Forward
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
Just musing this morning. No official “Monday Morning Musings.” No podcast. No series. No particular format or pre-planned content. Just my heart – reflecting – pondering – considering – a variety of things. Things like: His great faithfulness. Years ago, Jesus told me He didn’t mind proving His faithfulness to me. He has–over and over again. … More Just Musing
There is a unique beauty to you and Me There is a unique sound to our song There is a unique cadence to our dance There is a unique fragrance to our love Our love is like no other I don’t love anyone exactly the way I love you Our love is unique Our relationship … More Uniquely His
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”
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!
A movie based on the New York Times best seller, The Shack, will be released next month. I’m SO excited! But I’m also a little scared. I’m a little scared because, in recent years, Hollywood does not have a good track record when it comes to producing quality movies that rightly represent the heart and character of God. Sure, … More Hollywood, please get this one right…
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. —Psalm 119:37 (NKJV) Look up, beloved—and keep looking up. I know your heart is discouraged and you’re not sure where to turn, but before you turn to the right or to the left, turn again to me. I see you. I … More From His Heart to Yours: January 19, 2017
Today we will elect the 45th President of the United States. The night before the election in 2012, I posted this prayer in response to what seemed to be, at the time, the most divisive election I had ever witnessed. Then came 2016. Until today, I have purposefully avoided expressing my own opinions regarding the election. … More Election Day Thoughts and Prayers
A glimpse of a glimpse That’s what I’ve seen A hint of a hint The outer fringes of glory But even that… Is so beautiful So breathtaking So awesome and astonishing… As to be utterly beyond words It stirs me It stuns me It draws me And it completely ruins me … In the very … More A Glimpse of a Glimpse
Beloved… What if that is who you really are? The beloved of the Beloved Adored Cherished Delighted in Beloved … What if you simply allowed yourself to be loved? Loved by the greatest Lover of all Chosen Desired Accepted as you are Beloved … What if you chose to live from love? Living from … More Beloved
I just had a bit of an epiphany. I have often said that I struggle with MANY things–but my relationship with God is never one of them. I know He loves me. I know He is with me. I know He is for me. Regardless of my life circumstances. Period. I also know that is not the reality of … More Focusing on Addition
Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You’ve examined my innermost being with your loving gaze. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, And understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord, You read my heart like an open book, … More Everything there is to know ….
No, that’s not a typo. I didn’t mean to say choose your battles. Choose your battle. Choose your battle carefully. Choose your battle wisely. Because the battle isn’t … Against ungodly governments or legislation Against corrupt leaders and officials Or even against bullies, murderers, and terrorists The battle isn’t … Against that person with whom … More Choose Your Battle
A holy hush settled over the entire room. The soft and tender tones of women singing out their sincere love and longing for Jesus filled the atmosphere. It was a taste–just a tiny taste–of heaven on earth. Then it happened. (Oh why does it always happen?) “If you’re struggling with SIN don’t let anything keep you from Jesus. … More Monday Morning Musings: Wretch or Wonder?
Fear. That awful insidious infector of dread. That deadly tormentor that keeps us shackled and shamed. That cruel instigator of rejection, insecurity, control , selfishness, bitterness, greed, anger, rage … It all starts with fear. So why do we fear? 1 John 4:18 says There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out … More Monday Morning Musings: Letting Go of Fear
“Is it His goodness that makes you weep?” Heaven only knows how long I had been there. I was at the Convention Center in Jerusalem attending a week-long international conference celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). It was toward the end of the week and the night had ended with an extended time of worship. … More Is it His Goodness?
Love is a powerful emotion. Love is a powerful choice. But lately I’ve been thinking about love not just as a wonderful emotion or as an intentional choice, but as a literal position. Because… Love is also a powerful place. I don’t know about you, but it seems like a lot of folks I talk to these … More Thoughts on Being IN Love
“Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe.” –John 11:14-15 NLT Funny how a particular passage of scripture can speak to you deeply through the years, but then one day you hear it as if you’ve never heard it before. You see it like you’ve … More When Lazarus is Dead …
… That in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. –Ephesians 2:7 NIV Beloved, you’ve long known the sufficiency of My grace–you’ve spoken of it, you’ve believed it, you’ve faithfully stood on its truth. But now I’m inviting you to simply … More From His Heart to Yours: March 20, 2015