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The Sound of Silence

O God, do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. Psalm 83:1 The silence of God is deafening in it’s stillness. One of the hardest things I experience as a Christian, is not hearing from God. I pray, I wait, nothing. No word or sign - I can’t feel His Presence. I must be doing something wrong – this time I crossed the line – God has turned away. I review my life,…

Shadow Feet

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. Matthew 23:37 Not good enough. Flake, mess up. Poser, failure. These are the lies I tell myself - lies I often believe. Lies that keep me in bondage. Lies that keep me from God. I struggle to be who God calls me to…

Mercy Mild

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-6 NIV “Not good enough.” “Fraud” “Hypocrite – if they only knew” These are some of the lies rattling…

Be Held

“Come weary, come worried, come tired, overwhelmed. Come now into His Presence. Be loved. Be held.”  –Morgan Harper Nichols   Come as you are – weary, worried, overwhelmed. Come. Come to the King, He waits for you and me. He longs for burdens placed at His feet. The ones I hold and hide - sleepless with worry. Hand over my hurts. Come as I am. Stop striving. He waits for control clenched fists to open and receive. Receive love, peace,…

Beloved

God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8  Even me. God loves even me – a rebellious, prodigal daughter. The one who gets it so wrong. The one who's harsh with words, quick to judge, selfish and self centered. The one who loses her temper and swears. I am His beloved. My name is written on the palms of His hands and nothing can snatch me away. Not my…

Never Forgotten

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” Isaiah 49:14 NIV Where are you God? I can’t find you in this mess. I pray and pray and all I hear is silence. You have forgotten me. Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15 NIV Is this for me? This world is so…

One of Those Believers

“You know how you can pray for me?” asked a non-believer I was talking with, “God save us from your Believers.” Ouch…I’m sorry. I’m sorry you’ve been hurt by us, sorry our churches caused you to feel on the outside. I’m sorry in our zealousness for you to come to belief you were wounded. I’ve done it. I’ve been one of those believers you speak about. When I read my Bible, I notice Jesus never debated with people about who…