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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Monday Morning Munch No. 40 – May/June RTM Magazine

RTM Magazine BannerSometimes my heart feels like it’s about to burst when considering the goodness of God and His overwhelming love for us. Times like when I realize He’s completely prepared and directed my life to have my dream job at Real Truth Matters and that He’s enabled me to work for a magazine that is literally taking His Word to the nations.



Those same feelings surface every time we release a new magazine and the May/June issue was just published in the Apple App Store, so the astounding love and mercy of God manifested through the job He has called me to is on the forefront of my mind and I want to share this joy with you!

This edition of the magazine is the best yet! We’re learning so much about how to actually do this digital magazine stuff and experiencing more grace than we can comprehend in the process and I hope you’ll take the time to download and peruse the stories, videos and pictures therein.

real truth matters may/june magazineMay/June Real Truth Magazine

This free magazine, downloaded in more than 30 countries, is packed with good stuff that seeks to encourage and equip the body of Christ around the world to a greater pursuit of the Gospel who is Jesus Christ and fan into flame the gift God has given us–the entrustment of His great and glorious truths, which we have an obligation and responsibility to share.

I’m particularly excited about this magazine because it has stories of our recent trip to Eastern Europe, a Q&A with author Jerry Bridges, a story about one of my best friends and more.

Here is the official teaser:

Do you have a helplessness that really helps? What’s the problem with good deeds? How does a man catch chickens for the glory of God? What prompts a 21-year-old girl to pursue a life dripping with holiness, elegance and grace? What is bestselling author Jerry Bridges’ story? In this edition of the RTM Magazine, we will answer those questions and more as we make an effort to stir up a desire for genuine, red-hot, determined, unshakable faith in the One true God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Download your free issue for iPad in the Apple App Store or, if you don’t have an iPad, visit and download the interactive PDF.

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