Like a child to Father’s lap
He calls me and I run
I come to the place
Where every battle’s won
Like a child to Father’s lap
His steadfast love and mercy are available to all yet unrealized by many— but oh how your posture changes and you walk taller and with grander purpose knowing that you’re crowned in His love. Oh how that crown of His steadfast love shapes identity, enhances beauty, and marks those who bear it with something others see even from far off. It’s exquisite, unearned and cannot be replicated. Yet because of Jesus, it’s readily available to all who would just accept it.Read More
Ever had the Holy Spirit just hit you with something? Like there was something so unmistakably for you in that very moment?
The other day at a church service…Read More
We often assume that because we didn’t see what we asked to see, in the moment we asked to see it, that God didn’t listen or respond. But that feeling isn’t the truth and it’s definitely not a sound resting place for moving into 2019.
In our grief, He invites us into His presence and takes our brokenness and makes something new from it— but we have to be willing to bring it to Him.
Simeon obeyed the prompting by the Lord’s Spirit in something as mundane as where to go and when to go, and in those small steps he encountered the Presence of Jesus face to face.
Oh, what God can do with our sorrows when we shift failed expectations to expecting His Presence instead.
The testimony of John the Baptist was “Jesus is coming;” the testimony of our lives is “Jesus came,” and our lives are changed.Read More
Jesus was born into what was already a lineage of legacy of God looking to the hearts of men and not statutes. Creating something mighty from something mundane.Read More
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
God just knows that women need each other for the highs and lows that make up the journey of life—and relationships that produce revelation of Him are the absolute best.
Early Christmas Presence—The Presence of Jesus was realized in the scrolls but neglected in the hearts of the Chief Priests and Scribes; religion had them content with explanations rather than personal encounters.
Like Mary, we have both calling and invitation to birth the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness of the world around us
There was no royal robe for Him — because He had left that in Heaven to be “swaddled” in the odds and ends of random cloths; cloths made from plants and animals He spoke into existence at this beginning of time.
Rather than laying the foundations of the world— this time He laid in a pile of straw.Read More
Jesus’ Presence ushers us safely into the Presence of Father God—a pathway otherwise darkened and obstructed by sin and death. His Presence creates and illuminates a pathway for us to enter into because of His defeat of sin. Often too, our relationship with the Lord, is one-sided; He gives, and we are always in receipt. All that we can bring to Him is our very life.Read More
But this time, with my eyes fresh from the Word and fresh from processing elements of my own story of redeemed fear and anxiety, I saw the Frozen plot differently.
I finally realized, the plot was speaking to something so much bigger than romance or common fairy-tale story lines but rather the paralysis of anxiety. It’s really no wonder this movie is still so popular.
In Galatians 6:2, Paul says, "Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ." But then just 3 verses later, he tells them that "each one must bear his own load." Knowing that Scripture doesn't contradict itself, these verses make me ask myself two questions - what is the difference between a burden and a load, and what is the law of Christ?Read More
How often do I personally forget that God has already given me a crown of favor and beauty and then when adversity shows up, I just end up acting like a slave to fear and strap my shackles and chains back on again?Read More
There are many women who have lost their voices - Figuratively - over the course of life and sit in a sense of silence, not just one day but most days . They were born with God-planted things to say and people to impact through their words of life, love and their exuberant sounds of laughter, but somewhere along the way, they found themselves silenced.Read More