Sometimes life doesn't make sense. Sometimes we don't understand why God has allowed something to happen. Sometimes it's our everyday circumstances that trip us up in our walk with God. Sometimes it's the big theological questions that bring us up short. At times like this, I return again and again to Isaiah: 8 “For my thoughts … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/30/2019
Reach out to those people that haven’t been around in a while. Don’t just show up for them when it’s convenient. Show up when you are able. Reaching out to those who are struggling is often inconvenient. Sometimes it’s downright difficult and painful. But sometimes loving our neighbor means showing up when they can’t.
As I continue reflecting on my last post, I keep going back to these verses from Hebrews: 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/23/2019
When we are suffering—or even just struggling—we are not to do it alone. We celebrate together. We mourn together. We struggle together. We emerge from the wilderness surrounded by those who've helped carry our burdens. And through it all, we help others carry theirs too.
With all the discord in the world around us and even within the church, I am reminded more and more of how Jesus says the world will know those who follow Him: By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35 Will you join me in praying … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/16/2019
Just as our human relationships change, our relationships with God grow. Our knowledge of and experience of life with Him deepen. And sometimes God calls us to stop trying to put our relationship with Him in a box and embrace change.
This week I am ever so conscious that I need God to illumine His word and to transform my heart. Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11 NIV Will you join me in praying this verse for each of us … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/9/2019
The knowledge that things will eventually change can keep us going, but it isn’t the same as experiencing the thrill of reaching the mountaintop or coming out of the trees and seeing an amazing panorama lying before you. Actually seeing this view reflects not only the words but the experience of the praise section of the laments.
Most of us have heard that the truth will set us free, but there's a condition: To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 NIV Will you join … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 10/2/2019