Choosing to Believe When There Is Every Reason Not To

faithHow can we keep our faith when every indication is that our faith is misplaced?

How can we trust God to deliver us when others have fallen?

How do we respond when the world tears us down, and we have no tangible evidence that the world is wrong? Continue reading

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The Faintest Rainbows

On the way home from the airport this morning I spotted the faintest rainbow. It was tough to see, but very clearly there. Continue reading

Every Believer Faces a Red Sea Moment

redseaIn Exodus Chapter 14, we find the nation of Israel trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army.  From their perspective, all hope is lost.  From God’s perspective, hope is about to be revealed. Throughout Scripture, God is repeatedly referred to as “the God who led you out of Egypt” as a remembrance of who he is, what he has done, and what he remains capable of doing.

Every believer at one point or another has a Red Sea moment, a situation from which there is no escape, and only an undeniable act of God can lead you safely out…

 

Read more at Crosswalk.com: Every Believer Faces a Red Sea Moment

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God of My Tears

You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? – Psalm 56:8

In Southeast Texas, the last few weeks have seen a good deal of tossing and a good deal of tears. Even today there are many who still cannot get to their homes, many who are in their homes but without electricity, and the rebuilding ahead remains a daunting task.  In the midst of all that is going on this week, I came across this verse in my quiet time, and was reminded that God keeps track of our tears.

I was reminded that the God who knows us inside and out, Continue reading

#HelloSeptember

September is a new hope, a fresh beginning.
Gentle rain moves in early, cleansing the air of lingering summer
as life settles back to a familiar rhythm.

In the soft breeze before dawn dwells a whisper of promise;
the sun touches the horizon of Rome’s seventh month.

I remember being a child in early September,
a blue zip-up sweatshirt, a yellow pencil with a pink eraser
and the brown wooden desk in a classroom that was much older than me,
gazing out the grey window at the rain.

-2015

Hello September.

As we meet once again I am reminded of this little poem. It returns my anxious thoughts to the Septembers of long ago, before I knew the burdens of adulthood. I still experience that whisper of promise each time you come to visit; you continue to bridge the fast-paced summer into the slower more measured Autumn, when all of nature begins to reflect, refresh and prepare to start over again. Continue reading

Was Jesus an Introvert? The Answer Could Change Your Ministry.

napoleonIn popular perception, the Introvert is portrayed as that strange kid standing alone at the dance, emerging only to sneak a drink from the punch bowl when no one is looking before walking awkwardly back to the corner, avoiding any eye contact along the way.

gatsbyThe Extrovert is the life of the party; the one that knows all the right people, says all the right things, and is the quintessential ‘popular kid’ that everyone wants to be.

But is this an accurate picture?  And what does it have to do with Jesus?

Click here to read more at my latest piece for Crosswalk.com!    

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A New Song and a New Direction…

Recently I have found myself in a transition period. I have known for some time that it was coming, I just didn’t expect it to come the way it did, or when it did. But God moves in His timing, not mine, and He has a plan ahead that I just can’t see.  Yet, it is there. Continue reading