Heart, Life, Resolve, Return

“ians”

By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

“That’s not very Christian.” Ever been hurt by a “Christian”? I’m talking deeply scarred.  I’ll put that word in parentheses because, if you have been, you may tend to say that word just a bit sarcastically. Roll your eyes even, perhaps. You may consider what they did or said, and think, “Well, that wasn’t very Christian.” I get it. I do. And, if I heard all about it, I’d likely hurt with you and think, “No, that certainly was not Christlike at all. But, Christian? Well, yeah, (sadly) that sounds like something a Christian could certainly do.” See, we Continue reading

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Grace Upon Grace

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

The book of John has been a lifeline to me right now. John 6 towards the end? That floats through my mind daily…has for a long time now. I have NEEDS and He (Jesus) says I can reach out to Him, take all I need…whenever I need. However much I need. I’ll take it! Got a lot of darkness around me…I need that light He talks about. That Light which He is. And the life He offers? No way I’m missing out on that. Continue reading

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Calling upon my God

I get David. I get how one minute he is out there trusting God to take down a giant, and the next struggling with some pretty serious stuff. I get his pain and brokenness over his sin. I get his cries of desperation to God. I get his yearning for God’s presence. I get him calling his soul into submission when it was disturbed and beaten. I get his worshipping with ALL his might. I get his trust when all seemed hopeless. And, I get his struggle to trust when all seemed hopeless. I find such comfort and hope in the many real and raw things he said and sang. Continue reading

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Heart, Mind, Resolve

Dishwashers and Surrender

I’m going to be candid here…I started writing this morning after praying a bit. Here’s how that one started “I LOVE the Bible.” Now, I probably will finish writing that at some point…but God (kindly) led me in a different direction. And this new direction is a little different…um, it’s about struggling to, uh (tapping fingernails on table), about struggling to trust (cough) God. Yeaaahh. Can we please go back to how much I LOVE the Bible? PleaseContinue reading

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The Race

I consider the past 12 months to be among the hardest I’ve lived thus far. I probably haven’t felt this many tears trickle down my cheeks since my dad got sick and died 15 years ago. I don’t exactly have a death wish…but, boy, heaven sure sounds appealing. I’m growing quite weary of the struggles down here. Here’s something interesting–count how many times I have used the words “me”, “my”, “I”, or any other words referring to myself, in what I have written so far. That many? In only four sentences? Hmm. Continue reading

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