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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

From My Journal

May 20, 2013

There are days like yesterday where God allows me a clearer, unemotional glimpse of truth. Well, I should say a clearer glimpse of truth unclouded by my own wayward emotions.

Then there are days like today where I wake up, something happens and then my emotions react and are so distracting I sit up and slap the mattress.

Now back to square one: recognizing and believing that God’s truth from yesterday didn’t change just because today’s circumstances did.

So, as I sit in bed, sip coffee and prepare my heart to get into the Word, I long for God to grab my heart and eyes and force them on Himself and his beauty. But sometimes He doesn’t do that.

Sometimes, like now, it becomes painfully obvious that it’s my choice to either look at the circumstances or to the sovereign and righteous Ruler who is worthy of my complete and full attention.

Oh God, be Thou my vision.

I don’t want to see anything or anyone but You. I long for a deeper glimpse of Your heart and I consciously choose to look away from a human and human situations and fix my gaze on the heavenly and the eternal. But I need Your grace and help even to do that. Help me to see You for who You really are.


Capture and captivate my heart, God, and strengthen my resolve so I will not chase lesser pleasures when I could have You–the ultimate satisfier. 

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