Saturday, July 29, 2017

Love begets love

Though, one's ability to interpret such love requires vulnerability of the most sincere kind. Inaccurate perceptions and misguided expectations will bring about havoc; unwillingness to understand creates an awful barrier. To receive love in it's entirety begs us to face our darkest fears; it demands our all.

Someone has to lead. Though we cannot do it on our own. It comes from a deep place, and must flow from here...

Trust God. And Love.

"Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, proud or rude. Love does not demand it's own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Love will last forever" (1Corinthians 13:4-8).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


"As for God, His way is perfect.
All the Lord's promises prove true..." (Psalm 18:30).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

You Are Here

Darkness takes on many forms.

It can overcome us in the midst of the unknown, when we are barely able to see inches in any direction. It can come when we are surrounded by tragedy and devastation. It may consume us as we are confronted by our very own sinfulness. However we find it, the feeling is beyond awful, bringing about a sense of loneliness that seems unbearable, and we imagine it will never, never end...

We want a guarantee, of some kind. We are desperate to know that it, we...everything is going to be okay! And, we have one. We can...know.

Yes, we have been called out of this darkness, and into His wonderful light. The darkness has already been overcome! Though it may not appear quite bright from where we now stand, we can, in actuality, rejoice nonetheless! It will not be because of what we see with our eyes, nor that our circumstances have changed even the slightest, or that we can get any one thing right. No, indeed, all of this might remain much the same. It is simply what is true that allows us to endure.

He is right here with us. Every moment.

And He, alone, is our Light.

Matthew 28:20;
John 8:12; Colossians 1:13

Monday, July 14, 2014

You are Good

The Lord is good. His unfailing love endures forever; His faithfulness continues...(Psalm 100:5).

Monday, March 11, 2013

You Are Kind

"The Lord is merciful and gracious;
   He is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
   nor remain angry forever.
He has not punished us for all our sins,
   nor does He deal with us as we deserve.
For His unfailing love towards those who fear Him
   is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our rebellious acts
   as far away from us as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to His children,
   tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
For He understands how weak we are;
   He knows we are only dust..." (Psalm 103:8-14)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Are Merciful

"The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!'" (Lamentations 3:22-24)

Friday, September 10, 2010

You Are There

"...even the darkness will not be dark to You;
         the night will shine like the day,
         for darkness is as light to You." (Psalm 139:12)

I remember being on my knees in the prayer room as I read the passage. Face to the floor. It was our annual staff conference. Reading Psalm 139, which I had clung to much over the four years of being in full time ministry. I'd embraced this one, again and again, and shared it enthusiastically with many in that time, hoping to hit the point...home. Hammering it in, and still, barely aware. O' it takes a while for the truth to sink deep, deep into the dark places. In this moment, all I wanted was for the darkness to absorb me. Disappear. Quietly. Into nothing. Letting it all go. Though, it wasn't possible. The Lord, He doesn't stop there. No, the word continues, and reading further, I saw. He will be there, too. He won't go away, nor leave you alone, not ever. Still, while the darkness is light to Him, we cannot see. Not without Him. On our own, we run into the dark, wanting to be engulfed, entirely. Imagining everything might just go. Away. The pain, the hurt, the constant disappointment, the mistakes, the failures, and every reminder that we will never get it right. This feeling, this awful, awful ache. We desperately want an escape. We'd give anything. Anything. But, HE already did. Everything. For you, for me. "...before I was born...before a single day had passed" (vs. 16). He knew the darkness would consume us, that we may even hope that it would. Yet, without the light, the darkness becomes death. He knew our deep, deep need for Light. We can't do it without Him. When we do, the darkness stays dark. There is no light to see...the beauty that comes as the darkness fades.