Knowing God

Is there anything more worthy of our wrestle than to know the God that gives us access and calls us to him??!! That’s actually mind-blowing to me. But knowing Him is not happened upon — it is a pursuit unlike any other. But we are promised that when we seek him, we will find him when we seek him with all of our hearts. So let’s seek. Let’s dig into the words he gave us and know him more. Let’s use all of our hearts.
What I Learned From a Cold

What I Learned From a Cold

I was quiet, so my kids were quiet. My voice was not loud, so when I said something my kids were looking at my face with rapt attention. Quiet does not mean unclear. We can listen and look intently into the face of the one who loves us too.

The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees

All over scripture we see the phrase “looking at them,” or “turning his gaze towards them,” or when Jesus saw…” We know one thing for sure, Jesus did not avoid his people. Maybe you wonder at his interest. Maybe you aren’t sure where you stand before him. Maybe you aren’t sure he would look directly into your eyes if given the choice, so it may be of interest to see some examples of a variety of people he engaged. They are imperfect. So are we. He is still looking.

Daughter of The King

Daughter of The King

You are a daughter of the King. And that will only move us to the degree we have wrestled with what we believe about our Father. So what does it mean to be a daughter of the king? Because we will not access what we don’t know is ours to claim. Do you know who you are, who is accessible to you and what is yours to claim?

Vascular Indwelling

Vascular Indwelling

He is integral to our ability to abide in a life with our Lord, because even when we are facing the wrong way, he enables us to move in the right direction. The nutrients of life found in the truth that he presses into the fibers of our hearts are not randomly discovered, but purposefully whispers and watered… it is why it is accurate to say that he dwells within us. In our most desperate moments we could no sooner escape the presence of the Holy Spirit than we could stop the flow of blood in our veins without dying.

Eyes That See

Eyes That See

He sees value where we see poverty.  He sees success where we see struggles, he glorifies what we often ignore, condemns what we often worship, invites when we feel unworthy. He is unimpressed with and undistracted by shallow formality and consistently engages with clarity of vision into the person’s heart before him.

Hesed Loyalty

Hesed Loyalty

I can think of few gifts more powerful than to know there is an unwavering love that does not hinge on moment by moment valuations of an offering, or even calculated chemistry, but a steadfastness of love that endures.

Jars of Clay

Jars of Clay

You carry a gifted treasure. Something he delights in giving us though our bodies waste away, inwardly he renews day by day.  So that when we are many in years, and cannot move with liquid grace, there is something under all the sore bones and wrinkled flesh, that far outweighs any semblance of strength we ever had at our best. 

My Thoughts On IF:Gathering 2022

My Thoughts On IF:Gathering 2022

I just got back from Dallas about a week ago. I had planned to attend the IF conference, and my 7 husband decided it was a perfect opportunity to escape the grind of our normal routines, and take winter break in the middle of nowhere — also known as Point, TX. It was gloriously still. Beautifully quiet. Except for the coyotes… they were loud. But the point is that going into this conference my heart was rested, stilled, and ready to listen.

The Great Secret

The Great Secret

Etched into the inside cover of my Mamaw’s old Bible are some faded words in shaky cursive. Nothing else claims any space on that otherwise blank page, as though THIS thought were what she wanted front and center. As though this thought were one she allowed no other...

Cliff Crawling in the Garden of the Gods

Cliff Crawling in the Garden of the Gods

My darling girl has been flexing her independence muscles lately. One week it included things like washing her own hair, handling some new chores, and riding her bicycle as fast as she could peddle down our street. The next week we were on vacation and independence...

The Yoke and the Plow

The Yoke and the Plow

Exhaustion seems to be the undercurrent of our culture right now. COVID just reared up and blasted us over the last 2 years, and while there has certainly been a spectrum of loss, even on the best side of the swing there has been a cumulative ask that has diminished...

Testify

Testify

What story is your life telling? When people get around you, what message are they leaving with? This summer we wrapped up a trip to Utah. Hiking (along with the rest of the world during a pandemic) has become one of our favorite things to do. And while there is some...

Awaken

Awaken

Lullabies are sweet songs intended for the purpose of lulling into slumber.  It’s a delicious taste of peace to receive their sweet sounds — and to deliver the ones we love into a dream.  Until, alas, we are pulled from our dreamy depths and we must awaken.  My...

My Honest Agenda

My Honest Agenda

I have an agenda.  Let me start with that honest truth.  I love to write, but I cannot say that I am the best at it.  I love God, but there are people who love him more.  I love considering the eternal, but there is so much I still have to learn.  I am no professional...

On Our Knees

On Our Knees

I went to a Lady Antebellum concert last week with my handsome hubs.  Loved it.  And I wasn’t the only one.  It was impressive.  There is just something about looking out into a room with the capacity to hold 15,000 people, and watch the nearly full auditorium become...

Rainbows

Rainbows

There are a lot of rainbows floating around right now.  And since this is supposed to be a blog about eternal stuff; well, I think the rainbow is a pretty tremendous place to land if we want to celebrate something. So consider this: The truth about the original...

So That…

So That…

If you really want to keep your finger on the pulse of your incentives to pray, simply answer the question: “so that…”  what?  If you receive what you ask for, what happens?  What is the “root motivator” behind the words you utter before the God you acknowledge in the...

Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” — Isaiah 9:6 We have been celebrating the birth of a baby who is...

The Announcement

The Announcement

It wasn’t a fleeting act of spontaneity.  A casually thrown together event.  It was a night that had been carefully constructed.  The moment Eve’s lips collided with the apple; the second Adam choose to disregard God’s instructions and we went our own way; when sin...

Do vs. Done

Do vs. Done

One of the most significant distinctions in the Christian faith is the “do versus done,” concept.  To me, it’s also one of the most love-saturated truths. Yesterday, the boys and I came home to find our carbon monoxide alarms going off in the house.   Awesome.  The...

Two Whispers, Two Results

Two Whispers, Two Results

How many times do you laugh about a season of life that you are SO glad is over?!  Like dating, your first job, junior high, the years you spent finding yourself.  Usually you can spend hours with old friends laughing and reminiscing until the tears are freely falling...

3 Characteristics of God

3 Characteristics of God

So recently (in probably my favorite post ever)  we explored the fact that God wants to be known; that His glory is important because we are important to Him.  This was evidenced in the point: "In the Old Testament, a variation of the phrase: 'Then they will know that...

Heaven Is For Real — Right?

Heaven Is For Real — Right?

Heaven Is For Real, by Todd Burpo, came out on November 2, 2012 and has since captured the interest of millions.  According to Wikipedia, within 3 weeks of it’s release, the book debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list.  By January 2011, there were...

Why Sin Is Fun

Why Sin Is Fun

We just walked through the topic of “Why Does God Want to be Known,” and how his glory is our benefit — that our lives will never be so fantastic as when we are in relationship with Him (fun post).  Which begs the question: ever wonder why sin is so fun?  Ever...

Why Does God Want To Be Known?

Why Does God Want To Be Known?

God wants to be known.  All over scripture he went to great lengths to make people aware of who he was.  In the Old Testament, a variation of the phrase: “Then they will know that I am the Lord,” is used 88 times.  65 times in Ezekiel alone.  Most of the time it was...

Pool of Truth

Pool of Truth

What is your heart bathing in? From what source are you immersing your mind? We all soak something up to restore ourselves amidst the pollutants of the heart we are assaulted by, and we are wise to consider the source. What is breathing life (or something else) into...

Forsaken

Forsaken

It means to be abandoned or deserted; which infers an interruption of sorts.  The one forsaken wasn’t alone to begin with.  My own instinct is to assume (in most cases) a devastating separation, or rejection.  Which is what caught my eye and compelled me to linger as...

God Answers Us

God Answers Us

God Answers Us God answers us.  His response is always intentional, always soaked in love, always trustworthy.  When we demonstrate interest in hearing from him, he takes pleasure in making himself known.  When he speaks, we can expect that his personal response will...

3 More Steps on Hearing God’s Voice

3 More Steps on Hearing God’s Voice

Annnnd we continue from our previous post on how to hear God’s voice.  I still think Tahiti would be a great place to hear from God.  Waiting on that clear calling… insert dreamy sigh. Listen for Truth and watch for Persistence: When you start getting an impression...

God Speaks part 2 – The Relationship

God Speaks part 2 – The Relationship

Think of someone you love – if you were to hear them speak even in a crowd of people, you wouldn’t even have to see them to assuredly affirm their presence.  You know their voice because you have heard it frequently.  You know their heart because you spend time with them, invest in them, and have built a history with them.

God Speaks

God Speaks

God Speaks.  It’s true.  It’s huge.  The fact that we have access to and ability to hear from the God who with a word created the universe is a tremendous thing.

Creation Offers Glorious Glimpses

Creation Offers Glorious Glimpses

I would have been blessed by this scene simply being black and white and never would have known differently to feel robbed; instead he painted with colors like no artist could duplicate, and splashed them over his earth out of his good pleasure.” 

Life at Its Fullest Measure

Life at Its Fullest Measure

I think the most devastating reality we could face would be that we missed out on the great mission and purpose and full life that God has in mind for us; that we would sacrifice the eternal for the moment, and that we would be content with the substitution over the real thing.

Unseen and Eternal

Unseen and Eternal

I believe an eternal perspective changes everything.  We all have to make a decision about what we believe about eternity.  And about what we believe is eternal.  It impacts the way we work, the way we play, the way we parent, protect, apply boundaries, engage with people, the way we love.  It alters the way we experience relationships, consider poverty, and perceive wealth. It dictates our goals, our mission in life, our visions for the future and our hopes.  It changes our priorities.  It guides our way of thinking in EVERYTHING we do. 

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