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…

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…

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…

Instead, pray

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your…

Like Jesus

You are everlasting, and I will fade awayInto the glorious image of my risen Lord and KingFaced with my own blemish, deeply stained withinTurn into Your likeness, my empty life to fill To be like Jesus, this hope possesses meIn every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creedTo be like Jesus, this hope…

Reconciliation

So much of this life we live is about reconciliation. To be reconciled to friends, those who have wronged us or we have wronged, and ultimately, to be reconciled to Jesus Christ. On this day, the anniversary of the senseless killing of George Floyd, I meditate on this word. I pray conviction for what I…

Resurrection Sunday // He isn’t here

“He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have…

Holy Saturday // Counted righteous

But it was the Lord’s good plan to crush him and cause him grief. Yet when his life is made an offering for sin, he will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the Lord’s good plan will prosper in his hands. When he sees all that is accomplished by his anguish,…

Good Friday // Unjustly condemned

My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked…

Light shines on

Though surrounded by darkness, we have hope. Hope that darkness does not overpower Light. The Light shines on. Meditate on this reality: Darkness has not, cannot, and will never… Extinguish (NLT) Comprehend (KJV) Diminish (TPT) Understand (NLT) Absorb (AMP) Grasp (NASB) Put out (MSG) Perceive (YLT) Overcome (HCSB) Appropriate (AMPC) Master (NET) Apprehend (JUB) Suppress…

Approach God

If anything, the events of this past week (on top of 2020) should have us clinging to God. For me personally, the week has included the infiltration of COVID-19 into my family. I have been quarantined and received a negative test result, yet I’m not sure how accurate it was with almost everyone being positive….