2017 – Perspectives | 2018 – Reach

This year changed me. I hope there is never an ending of a year when I cannot say those words. In 2017, I learned to open wide my heart to the unexpected things God was doing in my life. Instead of holding back my heart, with iron-walled defenses against the possibility of hopes being dashed,... Continue Reading →

At the edge of eternity

This past week in the Netherlands I was a guest member of the teen Bible camp run by the missionaries. It was a mentally and physically tiring week, but it was so worth it to get to be with these incredible teens and staff members. Thursday night we ended with a campfire song and testimony... Continue Reading →

As he leads me

Life is busy, always so busy, that it seems if I want a moment to be still, I have to make one. I must hew my quietness, my solitude, out of the whirlwind of life. Sometimes this threatens my ability to function well, as it is so difficult to find the moments I need to... Continue Reading →

When you cannot see

"Trust the God you cannot see to faithfully accomplish what only He can see." -- Andy Gleiser Sometimes, this life just doesn't seem to make much sense, does it? When we're in the middle of the muck, we can't see anything except all the mire that surrounds us. We have no perspective save that which looks... Continue Reading →

Intentional rest

A lot's been going on in my life as of late. (Since that last post, I've become a shift leader at Chick-fil-A as well...as you can probably imagine, this adds a fair amount of craziness.) But is that really anything new? Often there's so much going on that I forget all about resting. Or at least,... Continue Reading →

Beauty in every moment

The funny thing about moments is they don't often stick around. Half the time, by the time we notice something is a moment, it's gone. The other half the time, it seems, we're caught up wishing we could make it last forever. What would it look like to live recognizing each moment for what it is, and... Continue Reading →

Joy of every longing heart

Have you noticed how our hearts long for things? We long for--or crave--certain kinds of food, certain possessions, and so on...but above all, we long for things intangible. We long for peace. Hope. Satisfaction. Joy. Love. Come, Thou long expected Jesus Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us... Continue Reading →

Hopes and dreams

It's beautiful tonight. All the doors to the house are open so the cool breeze can blow through, and the inside is melded with the outside. It's quiet out here, the only sounds are palm fronds rustling in the air and crickets chirping. I've been thinking. My friends laugh when I start a sentence with... Continue Reading →

Finish the race (2 Timothy study week 4)

Welcome back to the blog Bible study! It’s hard to believe it’s been a month already. If you’re just now joining or you’d like a review… Chatper 1: Be not ashamed Chapter 2: Truth's dynamic impact Chapter 3: Equipped for action Here’s a quick review of last week’s main points: Paul warns Timothy about the... Continue Reading →

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