So last Saturday I got to hang out with these two. The good news is…I get to do it again this Saturday! These precious tiny people belong to my friends Nicky and Tim Long. Rebecca and Tyler were born in early November a bit too early and are finally home, after a surgery each, and doing well. I definitely had my hands full. It was awesome! (more…)
(I recently wrote this to a friend who sent an article questioning the goodness of God after the earthquakes in Haiti.)
I am always fascinated by views about the hand of God from people trying to figure out the heart of God. His goodness is always put under the microscope when circumstances prove to be difficult, as if His goodness can only be proven if our circumstances are going well. So if this is not about God’s goodness, then we try to reflect on our own goodness: did I do something to deserve this? Pat Robertson’s comments allude to this idea. But all our figuring and formulating about the correlation between God’s goodness and ours, (more…)
I have thought about this truth a lot this week. I was reminded how central this thought, about the goodness of God, is to the Christian faith and to Spiritual transformation. I know this well in my head. I often experience it in my heart. But I find I it so easy to allow anxiety and the “cares of the world” to choke out my solid resolve that God is good no matter what. So what happens? I complain. I worry. I compare my life to others. I forget all that God has provided and done for me and focus on what I think I’m missing. (more…)
I need a homecoming. Do you ever feel like you’ve wondered away from your true Home? I’m currently reading a book by Albert Haase called “Coming Home to Your True Self: Leaving the Emptiness of False Attractions.” I am both encouraged and discouraged. I am so often allured by the false attractions that I miss the authentic nature of my Christian life. Do you ever feel like you should know more by now? (more…)
So I’ve been studying the book of Hebrews from the Bible and I have realized, again – but on a deeper level, how self-deceptive I am. Seriously. I thought I was over that. But apparently I still trick myself into believing that I am spiritually okay.
Chapter One spells out how Jesus is the exact representation of the Father and is seated at the Father’s right hand, above angels and everything else. In other words, He’s the One who has it under control. Chapter Two begins with this sentence:
“For this reason we must pay close attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.”
I drift. (more…)
The New Year brings a desire for new lives, new hearts, new adventures, and new promises. We want to be connected more, weigh less, and stop some annoying habit that we have developed over the last years. We want to be restored.
Psalm 23 talks about our need for “quiet waters” and for restoration of our souls. But if we make new resolutions every year, then what exactly are we trying to be restored to? To what state are we trying to return? If we’ve “always been like this” then what does restoration really look like?
I have a theory. (more…)