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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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Pursuing and Initiating: The Role of Men in Dating

In the follow up to Waiting and Responding: The Role of Women in Dating, I’ll let this guy talk to the dudes. But this is such a great video for both men and women to watch!

In all our earthly relationships, may the glory of the Gospel shine brighter than even our love for each other.

6 comments on “Pursuing and Initiating: The Role of Men in Dating

  1. Incredible wisdom! I love this video! Every man of God needs to take these simple principles and apply them now. I am actually in this exact situation. Im pursuing this amazing woman of God.Learning to be patient and to cherish her is where I am at. She is scared I know but with constant prayer and pursuit, I know this will work. Thanks for the video!

    1. Hi Benjamin! This video is great, isn’t it? So much truth. I pray that God leads you and your girlfriend as you seek His will for your lives and relationship!

  2. Colette says:

    LOVE this video! I’m glad a male came up with this idea! I often tell my spiritual mothers/fathers and friends that I/women want to be pursued! Dudes, come up with a date! Don’t ask me where I want to go! Take initiative and set something up!
    No bashing though! I keep hope alive, knowing that one will get the picture one day to pursue and take lead! It’s in your DNA!

    1. Yes, yes, yes, Colette!! I couldn’t agree with you more. Thanks for taking the time to write!

  3. Juliana Reed says:

    I’ve watched this until I laughed so hard i cried…. So funny and so wise…This video rocks.

    1. Hahaha, I know, it’s so funny! I’m glad you watched it. 🙂

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