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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

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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