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…

Good News.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬.) “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬.) “I have come that they…

Let’s declare this year.

Lord Jesus, more of You.  Lord Jesus, less of me.  Lord Jesus, show us how.  Lord Jesus, move our feet. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NIV.) *Thanks for reading…

New year. Same Jesus.

I change. People change.  Plans change.  Seasons change. Goals change. Feelings change. He remains. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV.) “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 NIV.) *Follow…

The darkness has not overcome it.

This is a photo from three years ago today, when Mom and I were Christmas baking. It looks a lot different this year, but we get to be together—and that’s what mattered all along. I don’t know what expectations you’ve put on yourself this season. But you have permission to discard them and instead show…