Places I cannot take you

I wish I could take you back there with me: kneeling on the floor in that studio as I listened to my friend defend the Gospel with a fierceness that I have rarely seen in her soft sweet spirit.

I wish I could explain to you how laughter blended with tears bubbled up as I spoke the deepest, most authentic words of my days, laying on the floor of a hotel and begging God to save the world.

Questions to consider

Every year, I walk through these questions at the end of a year and the start of a new year.  

It takes a while to answer ‘em.  They take prayer and thought.  But I love that they help me ‘consider my ways’ instead of just labeling highs and lows from 2013.  They help me make space to hear where God is leading me in the next year, instead of just making ‘resolutions’.  Nothing wrong with resolutions, but for me they usually involve trying to pull myself up by my boot straps and raise up false saviors, pinning my happiness and healthiness on my works and not God’s.

Waking Up

It happens so slowly.

It’s this tingling feeling that is so soft and subtle that you may not even notice it at first.  Or you ignore it, because maybe it’s just something you ate or an off day or a jolt of adrenaline.

But somehow, even just a shred of this ‘wakefulness’ is enough to take root in your veins. Even a scrap of it will latch on to you and lurk there, tugging on your heart, nagging at your mind.

I am learning me.  I’m learning about this hopeless romantic who is so desperately embarrassing to me.

[Series: Rest] 3 ways to know if you have the right rest

 Stockholm and Spurgeon have inspired me to do a series on rest, unpacking three potential sources for the disease of feeling burdened:

#1 Working to earn worth

#2 Spending yourself for the wrong kingdom

#3 Right kingdom, but wrong way

I know the lies out there. I believe them as much as the rest of the world.

But I wrote this series at the end of a perfect vacation, so I have never been more sure that true rest is not found in a weekend away  It is not found in traveling around the world.  It is not found in time with family or friends.

Feeling ordinary

Jeremiah Burroughs says this:

“A Christian values every service of God so much that, though some may be in the eyes of the world and of natural reason a slight and empty business, beggarly emoluments, or foolishness, yet since God calls for it, the authority of the command so overawes his heart that he is willing to spend himself and to be spent in discharging it.

It is an expression of Luther’s that ordinary works, done in faith and from faith, are more precious than heaven and earth.”

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Let me translate: