Tethered The terror you inspire and the pride of your heart have deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks, who occupy the heights of the hill, though you build your nest as high as the eagle’s, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord. ...
Two Is One [The ant] stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:8 here’s an old survivalist motto that my husband is fond of using (typically when I ask if three cartons of milk in our weekly online grocery order...
Focusing Our Gaze On The Year Ahead One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. Psalms 24:7 ne of my...
2020 has been a year for the books. We won’t forget it. We’ve all experienced trauma this year. We’ve all experienced loss. I’ve spent many days asking God to fix it; pleading with God to fix it; screaming at God to fix it.
I want Him to show up big because I know He can. Beneath my noise, God whispers.
I thought, what if the news “God With Us” could bring an end to the warring? What if the dry and weary souls just needed to know that God IS with us? Where God goes there is peace, but there is also battle. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, the quiet manger scene we all imagine, was far from serene in its reality. “God With Us” came into this world in a spiritual battle that rocked the heavens. Not long after His birth, a price was placed on the head of “God With Us” and untold numbers of baby boys died in the pursuit of “God With Us”.
I’m always struck by the contrast between Zechariah and Mary. Both of them received a visit from the angel Gabriel with some amazing news – a miraculous child would be born. Both of them responded to Gabriel with a question. At first glance, their questions seem almost the same. But Zechariah’s response, “How can I be sure…?” questions God’s ability. This was clearly the wrong question to ask. Because of his doubt, he was struck dumb until after his son was born. In contrast, Mary’s response, “How can this happen?” questions God’s methodology.
For all of us in one way or another, 2020 has been an unexpected year. We can all probably name a handful of things that we wish we could forget about — sickness, unexpected job loss, political turmoil, cancelled plans, confusion, and fear to just name a few.
Here is the thing: we experience the taste of heaven and the presence of Jesus when we live in the moment. Living in the moment is underrated. We often recall the past, relishing in memories or regretting past decisions, and dream of the future of what is to come. In the moment is often hard, so we look for an escape.
I do understand the many ways that our parent-child relationship is a microcosm of the relationship God desires with His children. So many of us find it easy to model ourselves after God’s word when it is right in front of us, but how many of us do it when we don’t feel Him as closely? How many of us give in to following our own selfish desires when His purpose feels distant or isn’t clear?
Do you feel in need of REST? Turn to Jesus. I once hear that we can either live as a rowboat or a sailboat. In the rowboat we can be feverishly striving, rowing with all of our might, exhausted in our own attempts and efforts to please God. In the sailboat however, we catch the wind of God’s Holy Spirit and surrender to where He is at work and God takes us where He wills in useful service.
Like that puzzle, I am often presented with circumstances in life that are frustrating, challenging and disappointing. The pieces of my life don’t seem to fit together and I’m left with only questions. As if that were not enough, it can seem as if God is not inclined to answer my questions and willfully remains silent. “God, why don’t You answer me? Don’t You care about me?” Nothing.
2020 has been the year of waiting. Many of us have had to pause our lives and rearrange our days to suit this strange time. We wait for normal to return and lives to resume. As months flip by, we wonder how much longer? At times, I’ve found myself wondering where God is in this wait? Quickly, I am reassured that God is exactly where He’s always been. God is in the wait WITH us.
Have you ever thanked God for the bad things that have happened to you? I can picture your face, because I’m probably making the same one. Bad things are bad! They cause hurt, doubt, fear, confusion, and every sort of pain. If you’re like me, you spend your life trying to avoid bad things. You work hard, you read self-help books, you lock the doors, you study for tests, you go to the doctor, you try to pay the bills on time…the list is endless. But then one day, inevitably, something bad happens.