I think a lot of things. I have a lot of opinions about a lot of different things. Most people do. (Or at least I think they do!) Thinking is a good thing. We weren’t created to be robots or automatons. We are unique, thinking, feeling creatures. We all ought to learn to think critically … More The things I KNOW to be true …
O’ come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O’ come ye, o’ come ye, to Bethlehem … Christmas is over, but I can’t stop thinking about these words. I can’t stop thinking about what it means to come – joyful and triumphant – to Bethlehem. To small, forgotten Bethlehem. The least likely of all locations, … More Joyful and Triumphant
The tears just kept coming. As they did, all I could hear was: Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. The flood of emotion caught me off-guard. I didn’t think I had any current reason to be mourning. It seemed like things were finally shifting. Mostly, it seemed like I was shifting. … More Hope in the Mourning
Do you remember wonder? Do you remember when your heart was awakened to the marvelous mystery of the incarnation; to that wondrous feeling of finally knowing what Christmas was all about? Do you remember when the extraordinary invaded the ordinary, and the ordinary suddenly became extraordinary simply because He was there? Do you remember? Do you remember awe? Do … More Do You Remember Wonder?
It’s the most wonderful time of year! Right? For some it is, but for others … Well, not so much. For some people the holidays are hard–sometimes really hard. The reasons are varied, but people without strong ties to a supportive community (whether family, friends or both) that they actually “do life” with are especially vulnerable. Although we … More Getting Through It: Tips for Surviving the “Most Wonderful” Time of the Year
I’m over it! No, really I am. To be more precise … I’m over ME. I’m over taking myself too seriously. I’m over caring what anyone else thinks. I’m over worrying about what I do or do not have, what I can or cannot do, and what does or does not happen. I’m over wasting … More Over It!
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Linga Samudram was opened in 2013, under the umbrella of Covenant Children’s Homes – India. It is located in the Prakasam District in the state of Andhra Pradesh near the city of Ongole. In a Covenant Children’s Home, we create an atmosphere of love and belonging, where the children not only…
A few lines was all it took. It was a “random” preview of an upcoming book written by a young man with a passionate hunger for the presence of God. I don’t know what the book is about as a whole. And I have no idea of its merit as a whole (although I suspect … More The Disconnect
I didn’t get it. No really. For a long, long time–I just didn’t get it. But then something clicked. I can’t tell you exactly what changed. I just know something very significant has changed. I know the season has changed. Even more … I know I’ve changed. For a very long time I’ve clung to … More S.T.R.O.N.G.
Such grace amazingly outlandish undeniably unshakable always all-sufficient lavishly showered upon me Such grace ridiculously remarkable extravagantly excessive empowering and enabling me to know you Such grace such amazingly outlandish grace oh how I love oh how I need oh how thankful I am … for grace “Grace is not a theology. It is … More Such Grace
Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. — St. Teresa of Avila Not too long ago, a friend brought my attention to this lovely little “prayer” of St. Teresa of Avila. I’d heard it … More God Alone Suffices (My Week with St. Teresa of Avila)
What if? It’s a question we’ve all asked. It’s a question that taunts and torments many in the dark of night … What if it doesn’t work out? What if the unthinkable happens? What if I don’t get that job? What if my marriage doesn’t survive? What if we lose the house? What if the … More What If?
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
He takes my breath away. No really, he does. Sometimes, when I glimpse his face … the intensity of his gaze … penetrating with truth … yet filled with such merciful kindness … and such unfathomable love … I simply forget to breathe. (And it’s a good thing.) I’m in awe of him. I’m undone in his presence … And … More Forgetting to Breathe (And it’s a Good Thing)
For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me Light a flame in my soul for every eye to see For the sake of the world burn like a fire in me … (From the song “For the Sake of the World” by Brian Johnson) This was a … More For the Sake of the World
Time. It seems there is never enough of it. I find myself running late far too often. On any given day I feel like I’m behind on dozens of things. That feeling often carries over from a task level to a heart level. Sometimes I feel like I’m behind in life. I feel like there are things … More Time Is My Ally
“What we do in life, echos through eternity.” —Maximus (from The Gladiator) Sometimes I need to remind myself … This isn’t all there is. Don’t get me wrong, there is much to apprehend here and now. I want to press on to lay hold of the things for which Christ has laid hold of me. … More Eternity
“You made a way for me to enter the holy place …” (from the song “You Made a Way” by Matt Gilman) I’d sung the words many times, but this time they hit my heart with fresh revelation. He made a way. For me. To enter the holy place. Into the most holy place. Into the … More The Way Maker
(Just for fun, click the link at the bottom of this post and read this while it’s playing …) You are higher than we ever could imagine And closer than our eyes could ever see You are … Magnificent! You alone are holy No one else as glorious as You Magnificent! Jesus You are … More Magnificent!
It is finished … No matter how far I have to go No matter how often I mess up No matter weak and foolish I feel It is finished … No matter how far you have to go No matter how often you mess up No matter weak and foolish you feel It is finished … More It is Finished