You want to feel the love of God? Put it on.

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…

We don’t get to decide what sacrifice is worthy.

Of course, a life sacrificed for Christ on any level is going to hurt. Death to self inevitably will because it wars against our carnal nature. But if we’re honest, don’t we want our sacrifices for Christ to be dramatic and seemingly meaningful and exponentially fruitful?  Put us on a stage in Madison Square Garden…

Be Strong. Take Heart. He’s Not Done.

If you’re reading your tattered Bible through tears this morning— If you feel like broken pottery— Psalm 31 puts words to our pain: -I’m in distress. -My eyes grow weak with sorrow. -I‘m forgotten.  -My strength fails.  -I‘m an object of dread to my closest friends. -I‘ve become like broken pottery. But Psalm 31 also…

Your pain is credibility for your Hope.

When people see you in pain, they will come closer.  And when they do, speak openly about your pain, so you can speak openly about your Hope.  It may be uncomfortable at first.  Am I somehow discounting the Hope I have in Jesus? No. A resounding no.  Honesty about your pain is credibility about your…

Security in Christ.

We‘ll become secure in Christ by staring at this list about as fast as we’ll become an Olympian by staring at a TV.  We need transformation. We need Jesus.  But my prayer is that this list can be a healthy check on our hearts because insecurity is a prison.  Our security in Christ has a…

There is more.

There’s a wheelchair parked in my parents’ dining room. One I never thought my mom would need at age 60. There’s a curly haired toddler sitting in it, smiling back at me. He is a good and complex God. I don’t know why God hasn’t healed Mom yet. I just knew He would heal her…

Be the benefit of the doubt you want.

Start with the benefit of the doubt.  Start with believing she’s trying her best.  Start with grace. The way she hurt you probably says more about what she’s carrying than how she feels about you.  She didn’t see you because she can’t see past her pain. She rejected you because somebody rejected her.  She didn’t…

I married a backseat driver.

We all can list certain characteristics that make it a wee bit harder to love certain people. And if you say that you can’t list any annoying characteristics and that you love everything about everyone, then you better get your rump out of here now because your pants are on fire.  Three characteristics that sometimes…

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…