Fullness of Joy

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” -Frederick Buechner   My favorite thing about this photo is that is wasn’t planned. This was pure joy from a girl who was doing what she was made for in a place too beautiful for words….

Lamentation Over the American Church

My heart grieves for American churches. It’s like a person going about their day, enjoying life and then suddenly they start to feel a little sick. It’s probably nothing major, but they go to the doctor’s anyway just in case. Lo and behold they have advanced stage cancer and the wind gets completely knocked out…

Lies of Hopelessness

Luke 10:2 “And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’” I remember talking with this young couple from the province of Oddarmeanchey in Cambodia. I was graced with the opportunity to…

Friendships- Skyscrapers or Housing Developments?

Upon reading the description of friendship as a type of love in “The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis, I began to reflect on the relationships that I have built over time and the unique type of love that I have for every single one of my friends that differs from any love I have ever…

Spirit and Truth: The Great Divorce

CAUTION: I am about to make you read 42 verses. Yes, I want you to read them all. I promise, you will survive. Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (John 4 ESV) 4 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did…

Divisions: Spiritual Cancer

You are scrolling through Facebook. You see a video that sparks your interest. Maybe it’s a video regarding a social, political or a religious issue. Regardless of the topic, you click because you care and you find it interesting. But the video doesn’t turn out to be what you thought it was. In fact, the…

Total Dependency

Isaiah 22:8-14 (ESV) In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, 9 and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool, 10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall….

The Gospel as Told by Isaiah (Ch27)

(Warning- you may want to actually follow along in your own bible. I think it would make it easier to understand.) I really loved this chapter so I wanted to break it down and really analyze it. There is no brand new revelation that I have received from this passage, but rather a beautiful reminder…

Thy Will Be Done (through me)

I felt like the Lord challenged me today as I was praying. I always pray that the Lord’s perfect will would be done and then I pray those things which I already know to be his will over my requests, BUT the Holy Spirit brought to my attention that I hardly ever ask, “What is…

Confessions

Here in the silence is where I hear the most. The sounds of my dreams fill the room. The laughter of another, safe, warm The comfort of not being alone. Remembering what it feels like again, Hope drowns out despair, but long-suffering does not come easily. I long to be above my desires. I long…

Intelligent Minds

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein —————————————————————————— “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there once was in man a true happiness of which now remain to him…

Missionary Minds

“Here I am, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote thy kingdom.” -David Brainard  …