Have you ever laughed at one of God's requests?! I know I have! I mean, sometimes they can seem so ridiculous, and borderline crazy. Not like bad crazy, but like the kind of crazy that means we run the risk of looking foolish to everyone else... I love when Jesus asked to borrow Simon's boat … Continue reading the foolishness of miracles
I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of listening to our 6.5-month-old cry while reading the story of Elizabeth and Zachariah in Luke 1. Here our son was, crying for breakfast because to him it felt he was waiting for an eternity and breakfast might never come! But I knew that I would feed him … Continue reading between our dreams and God’s timing
As I sit here waiting to see how much more destruction Hurricane Irma is going to inflict upon humanity, I can't help but wonder what my role in just these past two week's storms (or lack there of in the PNW of the U.S. which has been impacted by major forest fires) has been. … Continue reading I’m sorry for what I’ve done and haven’t done
Our son Aaron is almost two months old already! We cannot believe how quickly he is growing up. The weeks go by so fast, but some days oh-so-slow, am I right parents?! 😉 Two nights ago, Aaron had the biggest booger (yes, booger!) coming out of his nose that was clearly infringing his ability to … Continue reading when we let God ‘pick our nose’
I love social media and staying up with people's lives, even virtually, as much as I can; celebrating with them, praying with them, thinking with them, grieving with them, just "doing life together" as best as we can even when miles/jobs/life separates us. But I must confess that lately, it's been really tempting to just … Continue reading do we cooperate or compete & fight?
If I asked you what the most meaningful times in your life have been, what would you say? When was the last time you truly felt satisfied in that "I literally did something that made a difference in someone's life" kind of way? Those are usually the times when we feel like our life is … Continue reading when we’re care-full, not careful
We can find blessings at the end of our ropes, when we're content with content with just who we are, and Jesus said, "You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat." (Matthew 5:6) I don't know about you, but I love … Continue reading the best meal we’ll ever have = God
Jesus turned things around again when He said, "you're blessed when you're content with just who you are -- no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought." (Matthew 5:5) This no doubt could say a lot to our consumeristic culture, but could it go deeper … Continue reading when you’re content with just who you are
Maybe it's just me, but sometimes I come across something that God said and I think, "seriously God, You've got to be kidding!?" Jesus said, "You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule." (Matthew 5:3) Reading Jesus' words, I have to … Continue reading when we’re at the end of our rope
For the past couple of days, I haven't been able to move beyond the first few sentences of Matthew 5. The Message puts it this way, "When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he … Continue reading what lengths are we willing to go?
Forgive me, for positivity is one of my top 5 strengths. I can't help but see the bright side of even the grimmest of things, and let's be real, 2016 was filled with them. I can't remember another year where I have waited so impatiently for winter with the hopes that the cold weather would … Continue reading perhaps there’s a silver lining to 2016
Have you ever found yourself in that place where, what 'should' be super exciting, is instead filling you with fear and anxiety? When you find yourself in the midst of something you had thought about forever and the experience is suddenly terrifying instead of enjoyable? On Monday afternoon, my husband and I had our level … Continue reading when a dream coming true is terrifying
Maybe we're counting too often. Counting the people who could possibly help, the money we have access to, the resources available to us, anything we think could possibly help us...meanwhile forgetting that God can move mountains with faith the size of a fruit fly (anyone else have a gross invasion of these lately...they multiply like … Continue reading the things we count on
Only eight more days until our national elections are over for 2016. It feels like there is more contention this election year than there ever has been in the past, and perhaps it's because we know that above all things God looks at the heart. When the prophet Samuel was looking to anoint a new … Continue reading if we’re going to judge anyone…
I'm so thankful God's ways are higher than ours and God's thoughts beyond our thinking. As I read these words in Isaiah this morning, I asked God what He thought about all this election stuff in the U.S. right now, and I imagined God chuckling. 8-11"“I don’t think the way you think. The way you … Continue reading remember when you asked Me for a king?