Day 9: July 27, 2017 Growing up, I learned to speak “Christianese” as a second language. In fact, by the time I made it through elementary school, I’m certain I was fluent in it. Words like salvation, justification and sanctification were all part of the norm. The phrase “and it came to pass” rings with… Continue reading When It Doesn’t Come to Pass
I feel like I live on that mountain. The full story of Abraham’s test on the mountain can be found in Genesis 22:1-19. After Austin was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, I read that story with fresh eyes. One phrase in particular jumped out at me: “Take your son, whom you love.” God knew Abraham… Continue reading On the Mountain (Again)
“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows [my shame] that weighed him down.” Isaiah 53:4a NLT I pulled the lid off a box labeled “memories.” Inside, it spilled over with cards, letters, ticket stubs and journals. As I took them out piece by piece, I wasn’t feeling nostalgic. Fear gripped my… Continue reading He Stood In My Shame
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 ESV1 The sun rose bright and early on this beautiful Monday morning. But it’s still a Monday, and if you know me at all, you know Monday’s aren’t really my thing. I feel groggy from the activities of the weekend and stare down… Continue reading Can I Be Thankful Today?
When you move, I’ll move* “For I know the plans [and places] I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (my input added) In the fall of 2011, when we said, “Yes, we’ll go,” Chris Tomlin’s song “I Will… Continue reading Surrendering My Places