Oh, God, be my everything, be my delight. Be, Jesus, my glory. My soul’s...
i am Your child, beloved. all of my days, my...
When you have to trust God... again.
My dad has worked his whole life to make things better. He takes care of people. There was never a night that I stayed out too late that he was not awake, waiting for me. He never fails to ask what he can do for someone else, whether it be picking up frozen peas for my roommate or remodeling a house for a pastor. He shows up every time. This is who he is. I get this from him… this need to...
‘It is finished.’ May those words land on your bones for the nights...– Jon Acuff
You, me, and everyone we know.
Somebody tell me where God lives because if God is truth, God doesn’t live here. — Andrea Gibson I am slowly learning how to live a quiet life. That said, words are truly the only way that I know how to meet with the Good One, and so this is my altar. This is how I reach up, and one of the ways that I know to reach out. Sometimes, I cannot come in peace, so I come in the only other...
The spring of the forest fire.
Oh, how quickly a forest is destroyed with only a single spark. Scripture says that only ashes remain when a rumor is ignited. I have been burned alive, left in smolders by those who thrive on spreading the blaze. Sabrina Ward Harrison once mused that she was afraid that others would find out who she was before she did, and that she would be the last to know. This used to be me, too. I have...
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. Let all that I am wait quietly before the Lord, for my hope is in Him. — Psalm 62:1-2, 5
Milton says that gratitude bestows reverence. What in the world, in all this world, he sees in me, that he would give me his one heart to nurture and protect for the rest of our days. I will never fully understand. My heart swells and my eyes fill beyond the brim as I am reminded that the power of love makes us recognize how brief we are. I believe this moment has been in the making since the...
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those...– John Milton
You took your life – and took a chance on me.You took your one whole, wild life...– Ann Voskamp
The real work of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says...– Henri Nouwen
freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts. absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, et cetera. freedom from deceit or guile. sincerity, naturalness. freedom.
I need to be weak for awhile.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. — Hebrews 4:16 Sometimes its easy to forget how unfairly blessed I am. Most of the time, I can make it through the day without any semblance of hardship, and the truth is, while things often aren’t as easy as I’d like for them to be, in the...
‘Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough...– Ezekiel 16:8
i see the question mark atop your spine....
I have spoken these things to you so that, in Me, you might have peace.– John 16:33
little by little, inch by inch, we built a yard with a garden in the middle of it.
Wave the banner.
“He has taken me into the banquet room, and his banner over me is love.” — Song of Solomon 2:4 Thoreau says that we are constantly invited to be what we are. His words have often left me in quiet and loud wondering and mulling over what I might be. What in the world, this bruised and bleak world am I? In my arrogance, in my ignorance, I have stricken my own heel. Through...
Bring the blade.
Its three in the morning, and my friend Ryan is looking for God. I am none but compelled to stay up and look with her. The winter bites cold, and my bones shake because I was made this way to withstand the weight of the storm. I used to want to be unmovable, but the tension only brought about pain. Sometimes sturdy means wobbling questions. I am thankful for this. Ryan can’t seem to find...
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I...– Psalm 13:5-6
Always in my head.
I am quietly reminded tonight of the words of the Father (the Hope, the Good One,) who says “everything I have is yours.” What amazing grace, to live in light of this. He who clothes the lilies and feeds every bird of the air and beast of the earth gave of His very essence to make a way for me. As I sit in the dark, joy silently fills my cup beyond the brim. Peace, strength, wisdom,...
In the presence of the Lord, there is fullness of joy.– Psalm 16:11
A time for war; a time for peace.
Over the past few days, I have wept and prayed along with much of the nation for those in Newtown, Connecticut who experienced the trauma and loss of Friday’s shooting. There is an undeniable outpouring of love for these twenty-seven families, and for this, I am thankful. As a nation, when these horrific events take place, we are quick to respond with miles and tears and gifts and coast to...
i can only cling to the knowledge that the spirit speaks the vows on my behalf when i cannot find the courage through the confusion to muster the words.
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of...– e.e. cummings
How can I believe that the God who allowed his son to take my punishment would be holding out on me? Though I disobey, he longs to be gracious.
God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in...– Bono
If you want to change the world, pick up your pen.– Martin Luther
Let me know that you hear me. Let me know your...
Somewhere along the way, my soul must have known what it meant to worship. My name tells me that I am consecrated to God. Consecrated: made and declared sacred, set apart with the dedication of service. Consecrated: to change the elements of bread and wine into the Eucharist. I never knew my name could be so full, and I think to myself that it is nearly ridiculous. A full name for an empty person,...
Teach us what the flowers already know, that we’ll live and die and...– Donald Miller
“We all come down with a bad case of longing...
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive...– Hebrews 4:16
Lord, plant in me a spirit of humility, that I might earnestly seek your face in the wake of my insufficiencies. Help me to not lean on my own limited understanding. Thank you for simple, unrelenting grace, which looks at the heart, and far surpasses my own ideas. Give me the strength to release the parts of my heart that I hold white knuckled to. In your steadfast love and compassion, help me to...
I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don’t mean...– John Ruskin
He must become greater, I must become less.
Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at...– Andrew Murray
Hell is a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity...– CS Lewis
still small voice.
my friend eric once asked me if we still need to turn the other cheek when we’re the ones beating ourselves up. i don’t know, to tell you the truth… i built my heart on fault lines, so it shakes a lot, and i know where the cracks are. i wonder if somewhere deep down inside i still look like God. he said my body is a temple, but sometimes i try to burn myself down. a heap of...