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}

The Vantage Point of Triumph {and LINKY}

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As she pressed through the crowds, she drew close to the ground. She searched frantically, desperate to find him and make her way to him through the herd of people. With shoulders hunched forward, she craned her neck first to the right, and then to the left, all without every really lifting her head. She had to take the most efficient and discreet path to him as possible. It was dangerous for her to be here! What if someone were {Read More}

Together, Us {and LINKY}

This is the magnificent work of Christ, taking two me's and joining them together, through the journey of marriage, to create a Christ-like us.

You never really know what someone else is facing. This is particularly true when you get to know people over the internet. For example, this past weekend, my family was restored after an 8 month separation. 8 months of single parenting. I have 5 kids. I had our littlest man during that time. I would like to be able to say that it was because of some godly or glorious reason, but the truth is a lot more messy.  It’s a story for {Read More}

The Power of Weakness

The same power that raised Christ from the dead will fall upon us, as He lifts us, steadies us, and leads us through our circumstance.

The reality that we are fully loved by an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, perfect God can be more than many of us are able – or willing – to grasp. We struggle with the idea that a God as Holy as our own, who also calls us to holiness, could gaze upon us –and all our flaws – with anything more than love derived from pity and tedious frustration. As we contemplate His greatness, we question how God, through whom all {Read More}

Incubation Process for the Extraordinary {and linky}

The incubation process for the extraordinary is never easy.

I have often contemplated Mary’s dilemma upon learning that she would become pregnant by a living, but unseen, God. While her initial response provides an entire commentary on humility and faith in regards to facing an impossible task, there is little doubt that her walk would have been one rife with humiliation, disappointment, and unjust suffering and shame. Although premarital pregnancies are commonplace today, it was not the case during Mary’s lifetime. I can only imagine the great amount of {Read More}