Hallelujahs

Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,you who seek God. Live a happy life!Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works;be alert for signs of his presence.Remember the world of wonders he has made… Psalm 105:3-4 MSG

Consider // Prayer first

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is near Jerusalem—a Sabbath day’s journey away. When they arrived, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. They all were…

Jesus loves me.

I am incredibly grateful that Jesus loves me, not inspite of, but smack dab in the midst of my life. I stand on holy ground at this moment. I am at Camp Keystone, the camp I grew up at – as staff kid, camper, counselor, staff member, and now I come as event manager. I…

Happiness & joy

“The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow. Happiness lives where sorrow is not. When sorrow arrives, happiness dies. It can’t stand pain. Joy, on the other hand rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief. Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and…

What is love

Joy is love rejoicing, Peace is love at rest, Patience is love waiting, Kindness is love interacting, Goodness is love initiating, Faithfulness is love keeping its word, Gentleness is love empathizing, Self-control is love resisting temptation. Nicky Gumbel posted on 9/20/21 on Instagram @nickygumbel

Consider // Power of presence

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.// Ephesians 3:12 NLT Any moment. Any time of day. Any attitude or posture. We have the greatest asset we need to live a life that is edifying and driven by love. We have the power of presence, the…

Uprising

To clasp the hands in prayeris the beginning of an uprisingagainst the disorder of the world. // Karl Barth

20 years later

As I watch footage, interviews, and reminisce on 9/11/01, I am struck by the tiny significant moments of sacrifice and kindness. Many, many more would have lost their lives on that day if it were not for those who instinctively fought and reached out a hand. And in the days after, so many gave of…

A blessing

May His peace be yours in the midst ofthe busyness and difficulties life brings; May hope in Christ fill you with purpose; May His love be your motivation and comfort; And may His joy fill each cell in your bodyknowing He is working all things for your good.

Acquainted with weary

Weary is an ever-present companion these days. I do not need to turn the news on for him to make himself comfortable. Weary climbs up next to me, let’s out a long sigh while his burdened shoulders slouch deeply and his knowing eyes meet mine. He’s not too aggressive most of the time, just sits…

Pray

Afghanistan. Haiti. Cuba. COVID-19 Variants. Back to school. Division. Racism. … Too much to bear. Too much to grieve. Too much to worry over. So today is a day for prayer. Powerful prayer. On our knees crying out to God because we are confident that He hears us, cares for what we care for, and…

Consider // Broken before God

Do you give your brokenness to God? Have you practiced the posture of dependence? As part of our faith walk, we are charged with going to God with our brokenness, our burdens, our sins. Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. // Matthew 11:28 VOICE Matthew 11:28…