God

Do You Take Offense at This?

When many of His disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in Himself that His disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this….” John 6:60-61 (Read more to get the whole picture. I’m just focusing on these verses.)

Ever hear that? Has Jesus ever directed those words at you? I do not know His tone in that particular situation. I can guess but can’t be sure. But I have heard those words…with a “Katie” attached to the end of them. “Do you take offense at this, Katie?” “Does this offend you, Katie?” “Finding My words offensive, Katie?” And they are never in an accusing tone. Jesus does not accuse. satan accuses. I hear plenty of accusations from him. But not from Jesus. Jesus loves. He speaks truth. His eyes burn with passion, love, and truth when He asks those questions.  Continue reading

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Mind

Our Best

When we want to impress someone with our best, how does that look? Usually we clean ourselves up, dress nicely, clean up our language, act like we are pretty close to perfect. Like nothing really fazes us. But lately I have been thinking a lot about what our best really means to God. What can we offer the One who knows us so well that nothing is hidden from Him? Here are some of the things I’ve come up with: complete trust and dependence, desperate need, and brokenness over our sin that offends Him.  Continue reading

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God

No One is Watching Us

I was walking our dog the other night. Two little boys ran over to pet her. (We live in an apartment complex.) When they were done one asked me, “Can we go play on that playground?” And pointed to one of the playgrounds. I answered, “Well, you need to ask your mom or whoever is watching you.” He looked at me with these big beautiful eyes and said, “No one is watching us.” He was probably five years old, the other boy smaller, maybe four. “No one is watching us.” The mother in me weeps.  Continue reading

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Prayer

“Prayer is boring.”

“Prayer is boring.”

Ever heard any brave soul risk the “wrath” of God by muttering that phrase? 😉 Ever thought it in your heart?

The words “prayer” and “boring” do not belong in the same sentence. I certainly would never put them together in the same sentence. Are you smiling because I have already done that not once but three times since you started reading this? Continue reading

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