the limp

this morning i was reading the story of Jacob and his wrestling match with the God-man, found in Genesis 32. at the end of the struggle, his hip is disjointed, and Jacob, he who once grasped his brother’s heel, walks with a limp from that point on.

as i read, i was reminded of an interesting fact. i once heard that the ligaments attached to the hip are some of the strongest and toughest in … Read the rest

[a]live

i read through the book of Habakkuk this morning, three chapters that i’ve always found solace in. Habakkuk was a pretty cool guy–relatable. transparent. real before the Lord. he was honest with his questions and complaints, but he was also humble enough to wait, listen, and pray.

today, i keep going back to the fourth verse in chapter two::
“but the person in right standing before God, through loyal and steady believing, is fully … Read the rest

forgiveness. (for freedom)

it’s only 10:00, and it’s already been one of those mornings.

you all know the ones i’m talking about. woke up late because you didn’t sleep well the night before. it’s a bad hair day, nothing fits right, and where in the world is my other shoe? tired and cranky, you just want to crawl back under the covers and try it all again in another hour or so. but no. now you’re going to … Read the rest

in my devotional for today, there was one line that seemed to stand out more than all the rest::…”your freedom will mean your rising into the realm of joy and appreciation”. 


as i thought about it, i realized an unshakable truth. when i am thankful, that is when i am truly free. free from the world and all its worries. free from the things that try to weigh me down, make me focus on
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renewed hope.

we’ve all had “one of those days”: you’re not yourself, everything seems too much to handle, you just kind of want to…give up.

today’s been one of those days for me. i’m sad. slightly bitter. confused. lonely. but most of all, i’m just so weary. weary of the waiting, weary of hoping in the unseen, always the unseen… (when do i get to finally see it, Lord?!)

so this morning, i stood at … Read the rest

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Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly … in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things Read the rest

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As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God. (Psalm 42:1)

I woke up early this morning. Really early. The air was still thick with darkness, heavy with the cold. Wrapping myself in a blanket, I sat down at the table with only my Bible and my journal, determined to encounter the One I’ve been longing for.

I’ve decided that I’m tired of complacency. I realized that I … Read the rest