There are lots of things to be thankful for. Family. Friends. Provision. Studying. Good music. Iced lattes and hot tea. Dark chocolate. Safety from hurricanes. Late afternoon sun on floodwater. There are so many little blessings every day that we never stop and thank God for. Sometimes the abundance of His undeserved kindness seems overwhelming. … More What Do We Thank God For?
Maybe it’s just because I’m in Florida; but it seems like there’s only one topic of conversation right now. The Storm. The name of Irma is on everybody’s lips. Where will it turn? Which coast will be affected? What’s going to happen next? Irma is a massive, swirling wall of water and wind. Bigger across than … More There Is Peace In the Storm
For some reason I often get minor cuts and things – not serious, but just enough to draw blood. Mostly they’re on my hands (it doesn’t help that I wash my hands all the time at work, so they get dry and cracked). A few months ago I wrote this poem to explore how that … More blood on our hands
We tend to be consumed with the present. This day, this week. This summer. This semester. We worry about classes and busy schedules and whether we’ll survive the season placed in front of us. We obsess over the things we want but just can’t reach – a job, a driver’s license, a relationship, freedom. We … More Every Breath Is Fading (The Everyday Hope of Eternity)
We’re all warriors in the battle against our own sin. However else we may differ, whatever trials we may or may not be going through, we’re on a level ground here: redeemed sinners, taking to the field to fight the common enemy. I don’t think that battle is any easier for anyone. In fact, it … More Every Breath Is a Battle (The Everyday War for Holiness)
Shame. The searing, unfamiliar sense of guilt. The biggest leaves they could find, hastily pieced together to cover the bodies they had only just realized were naked. The terrifying sound of the footsteps they used to welcome. Awe, wonder, and intense love now turned to gripping fear. Blame and anger rearing up in place of the … More Seeing God’s Mercy In a Paradise Lost
The theme for this year’s Bible Bee study was Created. It seems pretty obvious. I mean, if you grew up in church Genesis 1:1 was probably one of the first verses you ever memorized. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But what started to stick out to me this summer was … More Every Breath As a Gift