When Life Has You Stuck In The Trees

When Life Has You Stuck In The Trees

“Because sometimes it is so hard to be thankful when we are in the thick of the forest. When the difficulties press in around us and we can’t decipher God’s voice in this time. We remember because it helps us in the now, it reminds us that God was with us then and he is with us now. We might not have known it in the past either but we can look and see the marks of his presence, his help, and his comfort. And this, my friends, is where thankfulness can grow, even in difficult times.”

Jesus And Your Ordinary Life

Jesus And Your Ordinary Life

“There is nothing outside of Jesus’ realm of understanding, nothing that you experience that Jesus did not experience in his life. He took it all on - not just finally doing away with sin on the cross but a living redemption that goes into every last crevice of life that has been marred by the fall. All that was lost in that moment with Adam and Eve he changed, redeemed, and rescued. “

Waiting For God In IKEA

Waiting For God In IKEA

“As I sat there, on the mustard coloured couch, I realized that this quick onset of spring has exposed that I have been waiting for something. I have been waiting for spring in my inner world. I have been waiting for healing, renewal, change, for something more than my current medical routine and doctors appointments. “

Do You Call Him Teacher or Lord?

Do You Call Him Teacher or Lord?

Jesus wasn’t just a teacher. He is distinguished from other great thinkers in history because he claimed to be God. He was not just one way to interpret Torah or one way to live your life. He is THE interpretation of scripture. He is THE ONLY way to the Father. He is the WORD of God. He was there when the law was given to Moses and when the Universe was created. Jesus wasn’t just a teacher. He is Yahweh, the glory of God returning to the temple, the only way to the Father. Jesus is God incarnate.

The Next Load of Laundry

The Next Load of Laundry

“My laundry space is the epitome of unnoticed spaces. It is situated in the unfinished part of our basement. The room is lit by one lightbulb on a pull string. The floor and walls are cement, there are exposed pipes and wires, and two small basement windows. Not quite like the Pinterest laundry rooms so large and bright you might invite your friends in for tea for all the counter space.”

The Courageous Love of God

The Courageous Love of God

“…it is the kind of love that will find you doing unexpected things, things that are contrary to the status quo or what is popular in the culture. Courageous love might find you on the outside of things but closer to the heart of God.  Just like Joseph. Just like many people who have encountered the love of God. “

What, Exactly, Is Joy Anyway?

What, Exactly, Is Joy Anyway?

“What I see, is that their joy is a response to the revelation of a promise fulfilled. A promise from the past, a promise for the present, or a promise for the future. It is a moment where they see with their hearts or minds that the Kingdom of God has come to earth.”

Finding God in the bathroom

Finding God in the bathroom

“Being a Mom finds me in all sorts of unromantic moments. Moments of hiding in the bathroom, holding someone’s hair back as they vomit, changing beds that have been wet, wiping noses, changing diapers, and wiping coffee grinds and moldy bit of food out of garbage cans. Moments that feel mundane and gritty. But what does it mean for me to tabernacle with God in those moments? This reality of Jesus’ work changes and shapes every moment, not just the impressive mountain top or picturesque ones. “

When Following Jesus Finds You In Prison (Jesus and John the Baptist)

When Following Jesus Finds You In Prison (Jesus and John the Baptist)

“Blessed are you John, if you don’t give up just because I am different than what you expected. Blessed are you John, if you stay the course even if your circumstances look different than what you believed you were promised. Blessed are you because my gospel has not been popular with the authorities, with Herod. Blessed are you if you do not give up because I haven’t saved you from prison. “

Planting Gardens In Babylon

Planting Gardens In Babylon

“What would it look like for you to plant a garden in this season? Throw a party to celebrate the good things that are rather than what might be? How can you sew some seeds or even just one seed in the place you live? How can you celebrate and prosper in your time of exile? How can you make good food off of foreign land. How could you make your current reality beautiful even while you wait for the beautiful future?”

Putting down the questions and picking up a song

Putting down the questions and picking up a song

“What if we sang instead of asking? What if we took an hour a day, a day a week, a week a month, a month a year and worshiped instead of asking?  What if we were people who were so sure of who was fighting for us that we stopped asking and sang, prayed out God's character, spoke out a verse and let the questions rest?  What would my life look like? How would this change me? “

Pruning Season

Pruning Season

“I have been afraid of pruning because I have allowed myself to believe the bad press God gets in our culture.  I have been afraid because I have believed that God is cold, unfeeling, mean, cut throat and brutal.  And in these times, in the times when God seems to be more mysterious in his workings, I hold onto what He told Moses about himself, "The LORD, the LORD is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands.." (Exodus 34:6-7) I believe it because this IS who he is.”