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just hanging with my buds.
We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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The Ledge of Glory – Sunrises in South Asia

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A rooftop view has never meant more to me.

As with most homes in the city in which we’re in, our guest house in South Asia (which is so nice—can I get an amen for running water, a nice kitchen and clean sheets? Praise) has rooftop access (for the rainwater tank and drying clothes, etc). What. Rooftop access, people. Not only that, but on the roof there is a little shed (for lack of a better word)  you can take a ladder on top of the shed where there’s an awesome ledge (the ledge of glory). It’s like a rooftop on a rooftop and it’s awesome.

Just look at this view.

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That’s the sunrise over the Himalayas. Oh my heart. What a Creator.

Our team’s awesome leader (and one of the most legit women in the universe), Lori McDaniel, and I have hit up this view every morning we’ve been in the city and it’s turned into a worship session every single time.

This Creator we have—I just can’t get over Him.

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He plays with light and shadows and makes the most exquisite colors and sunrises. Shades of orange and red, blue and yellow, dance on a dark canopy that brightens by the minute. Layers of color that equal layers of love.

The heavens declare His glory. And if the sky pours out His speech, He’s preaching a heck of a sermon today.

Wake up, souls of South Asia.
Wake up, souls of Kentucky.
Wake up, soul.

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God is here and He is stunning, even more beautiful than the mountains and the sunrise.

This stunning Creator plays with nothing and suddenly there is.
He plays with dirt and makes man.
He whispers and worlds come out.
At His command, the stars shine, this glorious sun rises, and our hearts pump oxygen and blood through our bodies.

He is Master and Lord, Savior and Friend.

Oh my soul, forget not all His benefits. Bless Him for He is God. Oh my soul, praise Him for He is Thy health and salvation.

“The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

God
shines
forth.”
-Psalm 50:1-212080179_10204835714044457_6146833643118016642_o

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