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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

Masquerade Conference 2016

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Masquerade is a conference for 8th-12th grade girls about identity, authenticity, and finding freedom to ditch the mask.

Oh my word, after dreaming about this for a while I’m so excited to announce it’s actually happening! Masquerade will be the second girls’ conference we’ve done in Paducah and I’m beyond excited to see what God is going to do in the lives of every attendee and volunteer. Praise for a God big enough to use us.

This one-day conference will cover the following questions and more:

Why are we sometimes afraid to be who we really are?
Why is it easier to hide than be brave?
What should we do about it?
How do we ditch the mask and present the realest version of ourselves?

We pray this conference will equip each girl with the necessary tools to find their security and identity in the only person able to satisfy every longing of their heart—Jesus Christ.

Are you involved with youth ministry? Would you pass this information on to the girls in your life and church? We’re dreaming big God-induced dreams and believing God will craft this day according to His exact specifications and use those few short hours to impact the girls in attendance for eternity. I hope you will be a part of this day.

For more information visit the conference website here.

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