“It isn’t up to me to make myself love God more. It is up to me to trust Him at His word, to trust in His love for me. The human relationship with God is ALWAYS one of response. And God is teaching me another way. The way of trust. Trust and love go hand in hand.”
“We live in a frenetic society that is high on content. We speedily scroll blogs and articles, pump out posts and tweets multiple times a day. I daily skim and scurry over words, many of which are just filler.
But poetry has no filler - every single word has been carefully chosen with significant intent. Every single word is important. And if every word matters, you have to read it slowly. “
“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.”
“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. “
“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. “
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.
“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.”
“…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. “
“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. “
“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. “
“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?”