Created by a loving Father who sings "Princess" over her heart. Shaped and formed, a jar of clay, to shine redemption into the world. Although she took her first breath an ocean away, we've known her for nearly half her life now. Through a long, hard labor ... she became a sister and a daughter. This becoming a daughter is never easy. Not for you, or for me. It's messy ... And fun ... Just a bit crazy. And so very, very beautiful. Today we celebrate Katya's 14th birthday. This daughter … [Read more...] about This One is Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Is there something in your life that you've left hanging? A charge that was given to you that you've failed to execute? A project you need to complete? I do. In August, 2013, God spoke to my heart calling me to write a series called Riverside. For fourteen weeks, I walked verse-by-verse through the book of Philippians. On November 30th, I hit "publish" on my final post of the series. But I knew that the project was not complete. I knew I was supposed to take that work and turn it into … [Read more...] about Do You Have a Project You Need to Complete?
This whole thing of having a quiet time can be confusing. You may be like the people who messaged me on Facebook this week. You've got questions, but have been too embarrassed to ask. Here are the most common Quiet Time Questions for Inquiring Minds. 1. Does my quiet time have to be in the morning? Absolutely not. I would encourage you to be intentional about when you're going to have it, but it doesn't have to be in the morning. Just look at the regular rhythm of your week and see when … [Read more...] about 6 Quiet Time Questions for Inquiring Minds
... this would be it. Today, I'm going to share with you the one thing I have done for the past 15 years that has impacted my faith like nothing else. If you join me doing this one thing, here's what you can expect: You'll never be at a loss for what to read for your quiet time. You'll learn to hear God's voice in all of Scripture, not just in your favorite verses. You'll learn to wrestle with hard passages and ask God to help you understand. You'll be able to trace themes and … [Read more...] about If I Could Convince You To Do One Thing …
Does your quiet time feel more like an item on your check list than an encounter with God? Or maybe it feels like a study session to you. Or drudgery. Or dry. Maybe you know that having a daily quiet time is something you should be doing, but you just don't know how. I totally understand. But I can honestly tell you that there is nothing that has infused my life with more meaning that having a daily quiet time. Do you want a quiet time that is more than an item on your task list? Here's … [Read more...] about How Your “Quiet Time” Can Become More than an Item on Your Task List
For years I was a cultural Christian. I went to church occasionally. I considered myself a good person. I even won a Bible in Sunday school when I was in 4th grade. For me, that Bible was a reward for learning the books of the Bible. It was nothing more than a trophy on a shelf. When I was in college, I began to suspect that there was more to being a Christian than going to church occasionally and being a good person. I began to think that my trophy might actually be a treasure. I wanted to … [Read more...] about 5 “Quiet Time” Questions You May be Too Embarrassed to Ask