“Prove your worth!” This relentless demand is sometimes subtle, sometime unmistakable and at its core looks to events, things, and people to validate and prove worth. It is a temptation that focuses on appearances and keeps you from living in the solid truth that you are a loved child of God. It is confidence found … Continue reading Prove Your Worth
“Worship is intense focusing of a surrendered will, with mind and feelings on the greatness and goodness of God.” – Dallas Willard In Ephesians, Paul prays for those he is writing to and says, “I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you wisdom to see … Continue reading A Choice of Focus
We’ve all been at Ropes End at various points in our lives. Sometimes Ropes End simply describes a day where small inconveniences piled up into large mountains of frustration. Other times Ropes End is where we literally come to the end of all we can do and frightening “what if” scenarios fill our weary minds … Continue reading Living at Ropes End
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on … Continue reading Life For God or With God?
Waiting. Our culture does not appreciate or embrace waiting. Instant pudding, instant coffee, microwaves, fast food, overnight shipping and high speed internet all feed the addiction to hurry and an irritation with those things that require time and a process. Those agonizing final 10 seconds on the microwave timer can feel like an absolute eternity? … Continue reading Embrace Waiting
He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in … Continue reading Strength in the Journey
Life is unpredictable. It catches us by surprise and our first instinct is to work harder, figure things out and force it into a predictable pattern once again. The effort of managing life in order to achieve the outcome we have determined as best is exhausting. When the end of the rope is reached, despair, … Continue reading Trusting God, Growing Faith
“What do you want me to do for you?” If Jesus asked you this question, what would your answer be? In Mark 10:46-52 we meet a blind beggar named Bartimaeus who had the opportunity to answer just this question, and then received for more than he asked for. Take a moment and use your imagination … Continue reading What do you want God to do?
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