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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

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Romania is one of my favorite places in the world.

I love the people, the culture, the scenery, the food—all of it. It’s a gift to be in Iasi again, this time spending two weeks helping Cru with an English Club for university students.

Here are some a lot of photos from the first week.

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So happy to be back with my girl.

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This weekend we went on a retreat with some of the students to Vama, a charming country about three hours northwest of Iasi.

The following are photos from the trip and our time there.

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In Romania, you take your shoes off upon entering a home and wear slippers inside. Here’s the shoes from the students and leaders at the lodge this weekend. I love this picture. 

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On Saturday we took a traditional Romanian steam engine through the mountains and a forest. 

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“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
-William Shakespeare 

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Some of the students from half of a train car (we filled up two train cars). 

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Yes, I’m on a steam engine with a Romanian donut and, yes, I’m so happy about it.
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On Sunday they learned an important lesson: the greatness (and violence) of playing Spoons.

(I don’t know how to remove this bar or the one above,
so pretend they’re made of chocolate and enjoy.)

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It’s such a gift to be here with these students and to see more of God’s handiwork in this stunning country. 

What I’ve learned from traveling: There’s beauty all around us, if only we have the eyes to see it.

So, let’s savor all the seconds and choose to see the grace and beauty packed into every detail of our lives, no matter our geographical location or preferences.

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“I love you to the moon and back.”

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