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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Oh deer

deer attack sin life lessonI hit a deer.

Well, actually, a deer hit me.

It was about 1:30 Friday morning when I was driving home from covering a basketball game and saw a deer cross the road and noticed another one on the other side. I slowed to almost a complete stop and honked several times so the deer would run the other way.

But, instead of taking the hint and running away from the sound and bright lights, the deer turned and barreled into the front/side of the car. What a goober.

This was my first run in (literally) with a deer and it shook me up a little, evidenced in the way I was hypersensitive to everything that could be a deer on the way home.

Overly cautious doesn’t really describe my driving from that point on.

I thought everything was a deer.

I braked for some weeds.

I braked for a few mailboxes.

I braked for a bunny (so ferocious).

But, it made me think…

What if I approached my sin the way I approached the rest of the drive home that night?

I’ve experienced the destructive power and horrible repercussions of sin (much worse and more dangerous than deer) yet still choose sin at times.

How much different would my life and relationships (with the Lord and others) look if I treated sin or the potential of sin as sensitively as I did the potential of deer that night?

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