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Garden Weeds

The snake came quietly and the weeds grew tall. Choking weeds that began as seeds - seeds in the heart of a girl. A girl who wanted love and didn’t know her value. A girl who didn’t know she is the daughter of the King Most High and so precious He bled and died for her. A girl who sacrificed herself on the alter of people approval and in striving to win the world, lost pieces of her soul. The…

Dear Church

“You can be sure, the Holy Spirit never enters a man and lets him live like the world.” A.W. Tozer   Dear church of Jesus Christ, church I love, I’m conflicted. I read my Bible and something doesn’t add up. We spend millions on facilities and hundreds on humanity. And my life looks the same. The least get leftovers as I fund my American lifestyle while people around me say it’s okay. Because I tithe. And with every pair of…

Murder and Mayhem

He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone murdered his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal.   Judges 9:5 NIV It was a mobster style hit. Abimelek, Gideon’s son, murdered seventy of his brothers to protect his position. A bloody massacre – no mercy, one lone survivor. The Bible is full of murder and mayhem. Horrific, heartbreaking child sacrifice was practiced in the name of molech, a god of the Ammonites. Images of molech were made of…

Kicking Goads

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:11 ESV I confess, I can be a bit of a goad kicker - a rebellious, malcontent, goad kicker. Gratitude is not always my natural state. “Why this?” “Why me?” “Why now?” I strive. I don’t like my circumstances and want control over life - in my head, it’s all worked out - God just needs to go along with my plan. Except…He often doesn’t.…

Desert Dwelling

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” --C.S. Lewis Sometimes the night feels endless. I pray, surrender, yet painful circumstances remain. Life’s hardships and difficulties often stretch long and wide with no relief in sight – like a desert. There’s someone I love who is wounded, hurt, bleeding. The wounds cause lashing out and harsh responses. It’s a difficult situation. I wait, praying for change. Relationship is impossible; loving them for now means distance. I must step away…

Temptation Triumph

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1-11 NIV God sent Himself in the person of Jesus on a rescue mission. He came to redeem humanity but Jesus didn’t have to experience all He did to accomplish it. He loves me (and you) so much it wasn’t enough to conquer death. Jesus wanted to experience what we experience and know us intimately. He was willing to walk in our shoes…

What Hinders Me

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured on the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right Hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such…

Christian Cliche

“Modern Christians hope to save the world by being like it. But it will never work. The church’s power over the world springs out of her unlikeness to it. Never from her integration into it.” –A.W. Tozer I love Jesus and I want something more. Something more than Bible study. Something more than church on Sunday. Something more than Christian radio, movies and bookmarks. I want to experience Christ. I want to know what it means to walk with Him…

It’s Not a Religion

Religion. It’s something we’re not supposed to talk about at parties. I love Jesus but something in me cringes if someone calls me religious. Religion has a negative connotation for me. I think of zealots. People who picket instead of feed or love. Throughout history, horrible acts – bombing, murder, beheading – have been done in the name of religion – and still are. I am about relationship. Relationship with God, Jesus and others. There is much that bothers me…

Red Velvet Wonders

“Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the hope they won’t last forever. That hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. That we will be led out of the darkness and into the sunshine.” –unknown   When I have a tough day, a red velvet cupcake works wonders. During painful, difficult seasons, I’ve shopped, over worked, over exercised, watched too much junk tv, drank wine. Band-aids over bullet holes. For whatever reason, I squish problems down and…