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…

Don’t settle

“You deserve someone who makes you feel like you’ve been struck by f*#king lightning. Don’t you dare settle for fine.” // Roy Kent, Ted Lasso

All my stuff

I write this blog in the midst of all my stuff… all my learning all the emotions the monotony of day to day all my joys the weight of this dark world the ever-changing shape of grief the forming and reforming of relationships my continued understanding, and lack of understanding, of self all my questions…

Give me rest

“O Lord… You know me more deeply and fully than I know myself. You love me with a greater love than I can love myself. You even offer me more than I can desire… Take my tired body, my confused mind, and my restless soul into your arms and give me rest, simple quiet rest.”…

Christ > you

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30 NLT You have probably heard this verse referenced in sermons, prayers by pastors before sermons, and in other moments when we want God to be the focus. Let’s look at chapter three in the book of John for context… At…