Dullness, not doubt, is the strongest enemy of faith, just as indifference, not...– Peter Kreeft, Everything You Wanted to Know About Heaven - as quoted in John Eldredge’s “The Sacred Romance”
The Litany of Humility - Lenten Prayer
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. Fromthe desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. From the desire of being loved… From the desire of being extolled… From the desire of being honored… From the desire of being praised… From the desire of being preferred to others… From the desire of being consulted… From the desire of being approved… From the fear of being humiliated… From the...
Some of my favorite Christmas songs/renditions! →
Rocks and Diamonds
There you come, unexpectedly. Similar to how they say you will. Like a thief in the night. You break through my shoddily constructed, sand-castle plans. You want to hold my hand. You want to check my pulse. Not for you; you already know. You ask questions you already know the answers to, just so we will pose them to ourselves. Where are you? How are you? There’s only so much one...
Kind words of ceasefire
“A gentle answer turns away wrath.. ” (Proverbs 15:1) I was given a surprising compliment from a stranger when I got to work this morning. It’s November, but it’s been unseasonably warm this week. I wore a dress over some jeans today (because the dress has pockets… Women’s lib question: why did that take 50 years? I’m just wondering.) The dress...
Ever-Gazing: You won't read this. →
ever-gazing: You’re so busy … moving so fast … trying to do so much. You fill and hurry through each day — only to find that you neglected the things actually worth doing. And all you long for is rest, the kind of sweet, satisfying rest that only comes by stopping … listening … knowing. God is here. Does that…
In the presence of love, we are rightly named. In the presence of love, we find...– Dan Allender, “To Be Told”
Such is the risk and the weight of love. It calls us to live naked and alone...– Dan Allender, “To Be Told”
Dear Lord, grant me the grace of wonder. Surprise me, amaze me, awe me in every...– As quoted in Brennan Manning’s “Ragamuffin Gospel”
God takes care of me
So many aspects to be written about regarding this weekend. Regarding the rubber meeting the road, as it were. Suffice it to say, I would be nowhere, absolutely bankrupt without the manifest grace of God in my life. He takes care of me. He makes a way when there seems to be no way. He reminds us in our weakness. Maybe he empties us of our strength so we can be given the strength of others....
I like the idea of it. Just as I like the idea of working out early in the morning. Idea vs. reality. I tend to live this life like it’s reality, when really it’s much closer to an idea than the real thing. Our real life is hidden in Christ, our real life is to come. Our life is the Kingdom. Yadda yadda yadda. Personal question.. Does that really mean anything to you? I want...
Are those your words or mine?
I came across a post tonight that I wrote a few months ago. I never published it, and probably haven’t seen it since I read it. It’s pretty much stream of consciousness, not very polished. But if it will bless you, read it. Pray it. I know I need to. Take what works for you and leave the rest. Sometimes I am the student of my own words. Maybe that’s how it works. What...
The Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving...
Awaiting Sunlight in Suffering
I was driving home tonight; I was driving home tonight, thinking about this suffering that’s going on in my family. I had the windows rolled down as I drove, enjoying the mid 70s weather that hadn’t left us yet. Pretty good for early to mid October, I’d say. The temperature hasn’t fully changed yet. That will likely be the final leaf to fall. But I know the season has...
Maybe God has the words.
Maybe He has the words. Maybe in the end, it really will be alright. May God have mercy on our disbelieving, half-believing hearts. May our roots go down deep. Maybe we will know then, what we scarcely know now. Maybe the Lord will pour out all the tears we have cried here on earth, and we will dance into wholeness in a rain of broken moments- remembered and sacred unto the Lord. What sweet...
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly...– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
this beautiful picture of redemption.:... →
shamelesslybold: A Prayer About Still More Freedom from Jesus by Scotty Smith “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 Dear Lord Jesus, I’m still not as free as you intend. Though you’ve already freed me from trying to earn my salvation by anything I do, or based on anything in me… though you’ve already liberated me from the illusion that I can earn more...
A Cinematic Zero.
Sometimes I think I escape into too many movies. I immerse myself in characters. Stories. And in a strange and mysterious way, our stories are shared experiences. They intersect. These characters and I, we’ve been to the same places, we’ve asked the same questions- except theirs have (hopefully?) resolved within 2.5 hrs. But in real life, things are a lot more jazzy. We need...