This One is for All the Haters

Dear Readers,

Let me begin with a story most of you have heard before.

It is found in the Book of Jonah. How many of you think back on his life and remember only a whale? Me too. Until I read it again. And again. Somewhere between the 5th to late 3rd century B.C., God commissioned Jonah to go to Ninevah – a great city in Assyria (present day Iraq, Turkey, Iran, + Syria)  whose people were committing some awful crimes and sins (pretty wicked and heinous stuff; what we are all capable of outside of the will of God).Read More »

Just Call Me “Martha”.

Dear Readers,

Let me set the scene.

Jesus is coming over. THE Christ. THE One and Only Messiah. Oh yeah, He is also bringing along 12 of his buddies. You have two loads of laundry in the wash. The dishes aren’t clean. The dog is barking. You are out of milk. Dinner is not even close to being ready, and guess what… you hear a knock at your door.

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The Father’s Heart Displayed in “Daniel”

Dear Readers,

I was once advised to study the Word like I study my textbooks. That looked quite different from what I typically did, which was skimming the words on the pages until I found a verse that made me feel good.

Needless to say, I did not know the Word. And if I did not know the Word, then I did not know my Father’s heart.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

John 1:1 (ESV)Read More »

The God of Love is Not Your Ex

Dear Readers,

I am not sure how I am supposed to begin writing this. I only know that I am supposed to begin. So after putting it off for far too long, here it goes. This is the most vulnerable post I have written thus far. However, I do know that our pain is for a purpose and that the Lord is good, and He meets us in the darkest places.

Without going into lengthy detail, I will say that my relationships in the past have not always been healthy. My friends and family were helpless bystanders in some of the ugliest, most toxic situations that I can only blame myself for getting into.

I was consumed, smothered, and quite frankly, determined to wallow there for the rest of my days.

When I finally came up for air, I found myself diving into the most satisfying, exhilarating, and (what I wanted more than anything) committed relationship. And this very moment was my undoing. Read More »

Everyday’s a Monday

Dear Readers,

Have you ever encountered a person whose every word was encompassed by contempt, despair, and a sense of entitlement to the Lord’s blessings?

I am not talking about a person who is going through a season of clinical depression, but rather someone who is occupied by a grumbling heart.

You know who I am talking about. The acquaintance you tend to avoid meeting for lunch because despite your best efforts, after spending time with this person, you feel icky and in low spirits.

I am going to claim that every one of you has experienced this particular situation.

Next question: Have YOU ever been this person?

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Day & Night

Dear Readers,

God commands His people to meditate on His Word day and night.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits at the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

Psalm 1:1-2 

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