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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

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 137 – ‘Ello from London

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Cheerio from jolly ol’ England.

We’ve had a full week in London and today we leave for four days in Oxford (praise). We’ve taken most of our photos on Haley’s camera (she’s posted a lot of photos on her blog, check them out here and here) but below are a few from my trusty ol’ iPhone for your enjoyment (more will be following in the days to come).

I cannot believe we get the privilege of being here and seeing so much history and culture.

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We’ve visited pretty much every Jane Austen site possible (that’s a whole blog for itself) and almost all the main tourist attractions, like the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Pier and basically anything else you can name.

Yesterday we saw the crown jewels, Platform 9 3/4 and, at the British Library (be still my heart), the Gutenberg and Tyndale Bibles. I almost passed out. I wish I could have taken a million photos there but, you know, legalities.

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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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Seeing all these beautiful people and places has been amazing but spending this quality time with Haley has been the best by far. I’m grateful for her, our adventures, late night conversations, tears, laughter and love for all things food (and Jane Austen). Praise for such a sweet time to discuss everything (the sentence could stop there) God has done in our lives over the last year and what we’re looking forward to in 2016.

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This is an accurate representation of each video we’re making to document this trip. Clearly it’s going to be great.

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Love the people you can be crazy with.

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“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things—friendship and bravery.” -Hermione Granger

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