Everything I need.

You’re looking high and low to fill a hole in your heart.  You need only look one place.   Jesus Christ.  Anything found outside of Him will be a fraud; a counterfeit solution that feels helpful and satisfying. One that’s temporary and leaves you thirsty.  Do you need a reason to keep living? You’re straining…

You have work to do.

Is there breath in your lungs? Than you ought to use it to keep praying.  Your prayers may feel like they’re bouncing off the ceiling. They’re not. Trust in the transformative grace of our Lord Jesus.  He transformed your heart; He can surely transform your facts.  He is in it for the long game. He…

Sing louder.

If you’re drowning in pain today— If you’re having trouble giving God the benefit of the doubt— Start listing the ways He’s been faithful.  Keep your list close.  Speak it aloud.  Return to it daily.  It may feel dry and mechanical at first, but the Lord has an uncanny way of meeting you in your…

Will He not carry this too?

Whatever this is.  Whatever kept you up last night.  Whatever made you dread today.  Whatever is threatening to swallow you whole.  Whatever pain pings you all day long.  His hands are mighty and trustworthy, waiting to hold it.  If He went to the cross for you, will He not also go through this with you?…

Come home.

Pain will try to twist you into something you’re not.  War against it. War against it with everything in you.  You feel unloved.  He is greater. His Word says He, Himself, is Love. (1 John 14:6). You feel abandoned.  He is greater. He says He‘ll never forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5). You feel unseen.  He is…

On Him, we have set our Hope.

If you feel the sentence of death today, you’re in good company.  Paul did too.  I don’t know what pain and brokenness—emotionally, physically, spiritually—you’re walking through, but I know you’re not alone.  In 2 Corinthians 1, Paul hammers out his grief. Do you despair life right now? “We were under great pressure, far beyond our…

A risk we cannot stomach.

A life that surrenders to Christ with certain terms is not a life surrendered to Christ. Do you love them only when they love you back? Do you give only to those you deem worthy to receive? Do you serve only those who are grateful? Do you sacrifice only when there’s glory to be had?…

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…