Our story is still unfolding {and LINKY}

As we press ever closer to Christ, our stories, by the grace of His love, and through the might of His power, are steadily unfolding.

In November of 2003, I remember having a very philosophical conversation with a young man who was a friend at the time. He wasn’t a real friend. He was the worldly, crab in the barrel, company-while-you’re-getting-high kind of friend. That evening, as we sat there, hiding from life, and our various hurts, I felt very wise as I advised him about his current situation. Apparently there was a good woman to whom he wouldn’t commit, and instead he kept choosing {Read More}

The Beauty of Irony {and LINKY}

there is great beauty and majesty in the irony of God’s wisdom.

It’s been a long week. Who am I kidding? It’s been a long year! While it’s true that this year has been full of personal and professional victories, growth opportunities, and celebrations – it’s also been a year of great heartache, struggle, and uncertainty. To be quite honest, I am physically, spiritually, and emotionally exhausted. And yet, at the same time, I am convinced that God is with me and inspired by God’s promises for the future that lies before {Read More}

Morning Always Comes {and LINKY}

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I think way too much. Like many, I overthink, analyzing a problem from 70 different angles, determined to anticipate, and prepare for, any outcome. I have learned through the years that this is an impossible endeavor. In spite of all my examining and planning, I never seem to be able to adequately prepare for the unknown. Try as I might, I am not omniscient. I am not God. In my flesh, I find this reality terribly frightening. Like Eve, I {Read More}

The Road to Perfection {and LINKY}

As Christ-seekers, we understand that the road to perfect love is adorned with jewels of suffering.

  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you {Read More}

Secret Spaces {and LINKY}

Thankfully, God loves us too much to allow the beauty of His love to be overcome by darkness of our pasts.

Many of us live lives of duplicity. We are confused, having misled ourselves into believing that we are free of the chains of our past. When we look back at the journey of our lives, we proudly mis-conclude that we have moved beyond the effects of the devastating points of our journey. Yet, the power of our painful past influences our choices in innumerable direct and indirect ways. Choices regarding our relationships, professional life, parenting style, friendships, ministry and more {Read More}