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…

I wonder if anyone saw us.

I wonder if anyone saw us weeping in the Taco Bell booth that Sunday.  God did.  *** I forgot a bag at my parents’ last weekend. They live two towns away.  Short on time, I texted Dad to confirm the bag was still there before I made the inconvenient drive. He immediately offered to meet…

Will He really leave you now?

He was here for you before anything ever was. He’ll be here for you in this mess.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2 NIV.) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear…

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…