“When I stop trying to BE God I can begin to SEE God and that is beautiful.”
“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.
“…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 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?”
“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? “
“But Jesus knows about the “stuff”. Whether or not we show Him, whether or not we try and clean our feet before we talk to Him. He knows. He knows all about the callouses and bruises on our skin, the deep cracks in our heels and the scars, and the dirt under our toenails. He knows about the smell of our feet and our imperfect bodies. He knows the same thing about our hearts, minds, and spirits. He knows about the things we believe make us unlovable. And He is trying to show us that He loves us even there. “