Loving the hard ones.

Friend, I have a feeling there is someone hard to love sitting right in front of you.  I know you have all the the reasons to ignore her. She’s rejected you. She’s high-maintenance. She’s critical. She’s a downer. She’s arrogant. She’s self-centered. She’s cold. She said ugly things about you. She took advantage of you….

Can’t He redeem these facts?

The fallout from your pain feels untenable today.  Whatever’s happened has you standing outside your own life, peering in like a shocked onlooker.  What happened? How could this happen?  This ugly set of facts.  This life-altering diagnosis.  This betrayal.  How can it ever be made right?  I won’t tell you it’s okay today; it looks…

If you find yourself discontented.

If I’m bent out of shape because something’s not going my way, that something’s likely out of order.  Because if that something is ordered under His Lordship, then my Peace remains unaffected by results.  If you’re straining toward something and can’t have enough, there’s likely something deeper here for you. Something you’re not finding in…

Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.

Too tired to read your Bible? Too tired not to.  God’s very Word sits on those pages, ready to unkink our tangled minds and water our dry souls.  You may be confident in your ability to wall off misleading emotions and thoughts. But even our best reasoning and thinking is risky without Jesus.  What’s more—…

Every realization of grace.

When the still, small voice of the Spirit convicts, you can be certain there will always be rich grace that accompanies it.  You can also be certain the enemy will try to rail against it.  How will he do this?  Self-condemnation, of course. He lost a battle when you fell on your face before Jesus….

Call a trusted friend.

The enemy will make you feel alone unless you sin and even more alone if you give into that sin.  Want to dismantle his schemes? Confess your weaknesses and sins to a trusted friend.  Of course, confess your sins to the Lord Jesus. He is our Savior who forgives and transforms us.  We are forgiven,…

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…