The very disappointment, characteristic, or person I want to go, is the very opportunity Christ is using to develop, to sanctify, and to bring beauty from ashes. Christ is showing up in the very areas I want to be removed. He is enough so I do not have to be. I fool myself into thinking I can be. But, even on my best days, I am in need of the One who prepares a way and makes the paths straight.
This year I will celebrate a milestone. It is the longest time my husband and I have lived in any one location. 8 years and as I think about what it means to have a home and to be a part of a place, I keep coming back to the time I spent in 1 Peter.
When we feel weak, Christ is the strength we need to serve out of our emptiness. He is enough especially because we are not. Perception I love giving feedback especially when it is good. Recently, a few of us threw a wedding shower and it was so beautiful. The decorations were lovely, the games were… Continue reading Weak: When We are Empty, God’s Strength is Enough
It can be easy to expect our due rewards if we follow all the rules. God does not promise an easy life or guarantee earthly rewards. He does promise to pursue and love us even though we don’t deserve it. There’s a story in scripture most commonly known as the prodigal son. Tim Keller calls… Continue reading Expect: Counting on God’s Promises Not the World’s
As believers, we may think depression and faith could not occur together. But because of the cross, we who face despair can still find hope. Depression is something we hear about all the time. I’m here to tell you it is much more than just being sad. Most Christians I know who have struggled with… Continue reading Depression: Fighting for Joy in the Midst of Darkness
Some seasons of life can be extremely brutal. We can feel exposed and vulnerable. But we can draw near to God, resting in the shelter only He can offer. My son Evan and I have spent the past 90 days in Philly after his transplant. We had finally been given the green light to return… Continue reading Resting: Experience God’s Gentle Shelter During Brutal Seasons
It can be easy to believe that hearing God’s word at church is enough. But God allows us to draw near to Him. We can experience His presence for ourselves. Food Food. Glorious food. It is something we cannot live without. When my babies were young, they depended on me to feed them. First through… Continue reading Draw Near: Experiencing God’s Presence for Ourselves
Being prepared is not a wrong value, but it is when I put it over faith. God has made an oath to His children and He can be trusted. Preparation is something I value. But with 4 kids, it can be fleeting. I mean as in impossible… Distanced Rally It was 6:30 in the morning.… Continue reading Oath: God Can be Trusted Through the Most Fearful Times
While our world is ever-changing, we serve a God who is reliable and never changing. He can be trusted for He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Swirling Thoughts Yesterday was not my finest hour. If I am honest, this hasn’t been my greatest week either. My son Evan and I are living in… Continue reading Reliable: Trusting Our Unchanging God in a Swirling World
Life is guaranteed to bring storms. We must learn to put our confidence and trust in God. Only He can provide hope for the days ahead. While everyone was hunkering down in anticipation for Hurricane Florence, my family too was (and still is), walking through a storm, but it’s not the tropical kind. It is… Continue reading Confidence: Relying on God’s Hope Through the Storms of Life