Edge me out, Jesus.

Some days, I think I’m great.  Some days, I think I’m disgusting. Both days, I‘m stuck on myself.  I used to equate pride with making myself too big. But making myself too small can be equally risky if it causes fixation on self.  Pride is self-preoccupation. And we’re told this precarious position never ends well. …

Blind to loss, blind to Hope.

Over a year ago, I was driving to a funeral with my sons. My preschooler kept asking where we were going, and I told him I had a meeting. I didn’t want to explain. My heart was heavy in this season, for my friends burying a loved one, and for my own unrelated sorrow. My…

We’ve lost much.

If you settle on the far side of the sea.  If the darkness tries to hide you. If you can’t tell which way is up. His hand still holds you fast.  (See Psalms 139:7-12.) If the height is unscalable.  If the depth is unsearchable.  If the loneliness is inarticulable.  His love still finds you there. …

For the Overwhelmed.

If you’re overwhelmed, this one’s for you.  This is not a post about a solution. The solution is always Jesus. If it sounds cliché, that’s only because we’ve become a bit too casual about His powerful Name.  This is a post about some tools to complement the essentials (prayer/scripture/community). 1. Find somebody walking closely with…

Change us again, Lord.

I’m a bit wobbly at speaking up right now because I feel unqualified, unworthy, and complicit.  But God is not. So we invite Him to take over this post. *** Maybe God removed the scales from your eyes, and you’re uncomfortable and overwhelmed by your gaping need for grace & the work before you.  We,…

Keep the door open, the wall down, the line alive.

Some of you are hanging on to God by a fingernail.  Maybe you started your quiet struggle years ago and each year, you accidentally added another brick to the wall between you and God. All the while, you continued living the cultural Christian life while your heart gradually closed itself to God.  Years later, you…

Doing your part.

You’re drinking information from a fire hose these days.  You feel pretty paralyzed about it. You’re going to disappoint somebody.  But you can still please God.  *** As you’re working it out— It’s okay to gradually process and ask God for wisdom.  It’s okay to cautiously step while reserving the right to reverse course. It’s…

Some of you spend the rest of your life this way.

Some of you spend the rest of your life this way. —dreaming about hugging your person. . . .  The last time I hugged Mom was a silly Wednesday seven weeks ago.  The kids were losing their minds, and I was frantically shooing them out the door as I gathered my belongings. Mom’s fighting a…

You want to feel the love of God?

Having trouble “feeling” the stirring love of our Savior? Sometimes feelings evade us. A long-lived faith will undoubtedly experience dry times.  Of course, our journey with Jesus is so much bigger than a feeling.  But like any love relationship, we can do our part; we can fan the flame.  So if you find yourself in the…

You rose again.

When the Easter dress is on its hanger and the basket sits on its shelf. When the pantry doors are closed and the apron’s on its hook. When the traditions stay tucked in their drawers and the day feels unfamiliar. You rose again. When the chairs at the table are empty and we can’t get…

Three o’clock on that cross.

Lord, we’re as thirsty as ever, and only You will do. . . . And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Mark‬ ‭15:34‬ . . . For God so loved the world that he…

Right place, right time.

I’m here to rally for the person feeling stuck in the waiting. God has given you a glimpse of something He has for you. And if God said it, it’s as good as done. It’s only a matter of time. But you’re getting antsy and flexing your muscles and spinning your wheels trying to strong-arm…

He still is.

You’re trying to lift your hands in worship, but the weight of life has you pinned to the floor.  That’s okay; worship from the floor.  “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14 NIV.) “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among…

For the perfectionist.

This is for the perfectionist.  I may not know your specific struggle, but we can probably come together on how we think.  The enemy wants you to focus on your flawed self so much that your obsession with “holiness” mutes your effectiveness. This self-fixation is a dangerously sneaky form of pride.  Part of becoming mature…

Her blessing.

Her blessing makes me feel a bit sour, if I’m being honest.  I wish it didn’t, and I need Christ’s transformation in this.  Sometimes, we need to give ourselves a talking to about the tiny, quiet bitter feelings that accidentally become bitter walls.    So when we feel that twinge of heartburn, we give it…

Louder than our pain.

When the pain flows from your eyes onto your cheeks, let His Name flow from your lips. It may be mechanical at first. It may be a whisper. It may be through clenched teeth. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. He has an uncanny way of meeting us there in our desperate praises. Not because I said it….

Be at rest, my soul.

I‘m shoulder to shoulder with you in this muddy trench. I don’t know why life looks like it does today. But there are two things of which I’m sure— We are not alone, and we are not helpless. Faith itself is a gift from God, but we get to participate. So when the flames of…

God’s call should overwhelm us.

Has God called you to something specific? Are you suffocating under the weight of His call? Could you be trying to do it by yourself, in your own strength, on your own merit? His call comes with an essential component: dependence on Him. And I’m not just referring to His power that opens doors for…

The best you.

The best you is a you lost in Jesus.  Everyone you love fits into your love for Him, and they’re better for it.  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:…

Whatever it is—He is greater.

Whatever kept you up last night. Whatever has you feeling unsteady. Whatever is stealing your Joy. He is ever greater. Reach out for Him now— When I fear my wrongs separate me from You, Lord, Your perfect love drives out my fears. [1 John 4:18.] When I experience rejection, I remember You, Father, chose me.  [See…