Fresh strength

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause…

Simple Truths | Really loved

Sometimes we need to be reminded of simple truths. As I drove around running errands earlier today, the song, “Who Am I” by needtobreathe came on. The song is catchy and profound, a rare combination! One line captured my attention for the rest of my drive, and I began to use it as an affirmation….

Roots

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. // Ephesians 3:16-17 NLT

Be compelled

As Christmas Day has past and we look back at the Advent season, my hope is that you prepared room for His dwelling with us, with you. Jesus’ ultimate desire is to bring us back to our Father, to bring us out of the despair of this world, into His redeeming love. Find hope in…

Do not wait

Turn back. No matter what, no matter how irreconcilable it may seem to you and possibly everyone around you. You are never too far away for God to wrap you in His loving embrace. God is waiting. Turn back. “No sin is too great, no heart too hard to call upon the mercy of God…

Be near me

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there. // Away in a Manger, Unknown Author Every single time I hear or sing this beautiful chorus,…

Waiting before God

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,for my hope is in him. // Psalm 62:5 NLT Ruth Chou Simons writes, “I’ve squandered too many days coddling expectations rather than waiting with expectancy. One leaves you tight fisted and anxious while the other rests with a posture of outstretched hands, ready to receive with…

Look to him

“There is but one good;that is God.Everything else is good when it looks to Himand bad when it turns from Him.” // C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Courage

“It takes a certain kind of courage to stand in the middle of devastation and not become cynical.” // Makoto Fujimura speaking about Bono and quoted from this article about Bono: Bono’s Punk-Rock Rebellion Was a Cry of Hopeful Lament | Christianity Today In a world that celebrates cynicism and feeds off contempt, what courage…

Let him in

It is often taught to pray including these four parts: gratitude, praise, intercession, and confession. It is a helpful way to shape your prayers into an organized format, yet sometimes we just don’t have time for that! There are moments when all we have is an urgent cry for help. “Why God Why?” “I don’t…

Consider // By him

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. // Hebrews‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭CSB‬‬ I have just started a Bible study on Hebrews and I have…

Dig for wonder

“The whole purpose of the artistic and spiritual life was [is] to dig for the submerged sunrise of wonder—so that a man sitting in a chair might suddenly realise that he was alive, and be happy.” // G. K. Chesterton After a week and a half of anticipating and tracking Hurricane Ian (my family and…