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Love First

…”for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” –Jesus, Luke 19:10 For God so loved the world, He gave. Gave Himself, gave love. There is no condemnation in Christ. He who knew no sin, became sin. Became my sin. The sin I can’t undo. The sin I can’t make right. The sin I can’t erase. The sin that wages war with my soul. Kill, steal, destroy. When I confess, He is faithful.…

Manna Moments

He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced divination, sought omens, and consulted mediums and spiritualists. He did much evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing His anger. 2 Kings 21:6 King Hezekiah is very sick. Isaiah, the prophet approaches, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” King Hezekiah prayed to the Lord. “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before You faithfully and with…

Gather Me Close

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” –Jesus, Matthew 23:37 Gather me close, under Your wings. I’ve stoned those sent to me with messages I refused to receive. Claimed my own understanding. Went my own way. Gather me close. You give weary souls rest. Take away my heavy. Carry me…

The Fence is a Lie

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that…” Martin Luther King Jr. It seemed innocent enough – people I knew, church people had the thing, the item I wanted. I justified. Even Jesus’ garment was of such good quality, solders drew lots to acquire it not knowing in doing so, they fulfilled prophesy. For me, it was a left or right moment cloaked in worldly desire. To purchase an expensive, unnecessary fashion item or align myself with the…

Surprised by Joy

“It is only when our lives are emptied that we’re surprised by how truly full our lives were.” --Ann Voscamp Darkness surrounds, embraces, enfolds. Silently we slip through sea grape and sand. Moving without words, hunched over, an opening appears. Light and beauty make me gasp. Moon’s full orb lights water’s inky blackness, creates a mirror from wet sand. Waves softly lap shore. Without speaking, we sit absorbing the moment. Without thought, I give thanks and praise. In this moment,…

Love Life

And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. Luke 22:44 And just like that, life splits open, splits me open and nothing is ever the same. In a moment of decision, right or left, everything changes. The certain uncertain. Today, Good Friday, I think about the word good. Really, there’s nothing good about it. It’s a day that commemorates my Lord’s persecution, betrayal, humiliation, torture, rejection and murder.…

Wilderness Ways

  Note from Liz:  This is my first post in 8 months - the hardest 8 months of my life. Here's what I know for sure - God is good and He never lets go. When I am faithless, He is faithful - it says so in His Word - 2 Timothy 2:13. Thank you to my friends, family and readers who encouraged and bugged me to get back to writing. To God be the glory. Forget the former things;…

Same Sex Attraction: A Battle with Shame

Today, I give you a gift in the form of a post written by guest blogger, Sam Renee Bartee. God connected Sam and I through Instagram where I discovered her blog and devotion to Christ. Reading her writing humbles and inspires me – I pray I live my faith boldly and proclaim Him fearlessly the way Sam does. This is a post you want to read and share. I hated myself - every part and portion down to the last…

Serenity Now

And she gave birth to her firstborn, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7 In the push and pull of the Christmas season, I long for quiet and calm. To sit at the Savior’s feet and experience the hush of a stable bathed in starlight. I long for tasks to stop ticking through my head like a CNN banner. For quality over quantity.…

Love Lingers

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:41 Who doesn’t love a party? It was an important day – this man of God, the one everyone talked about was coming to their house. Important religious leaders and community people were expected as well. Many people and much preparation. The…