A Willing Participant?

So often when we think of Good Friday, we think of it as a willful compliance, a submission even. But the God who designed creation was also the God of the Crucifixion, Christ's death always a demarcation on the horizon. Always. God on the cross was never any less God, and in authoring His own death,…

Come As You Are

This year, I've begun my daily quiet time with a book called My Daily Pursuit. It's a little snippet of A.W. Tozer's writing with a key verse, a hymn excerpt, and a prayer for each day of the year. It's both beautiful and severe all at once. (I personally love Tozer, as he was instrumental in…

Living a Life of Worship | Devotional

I just returned from a transformative, amazing weekend away at a Women's Retreat. In the past, I have avoided things like that. I'm more of an introvert and a thinker and I find all of the socializing and emoting utterly terrifying. Well, wouldn't you know that God would just use that time to speak to…

Sum of Days

Each life is marked by a series of small victories and defeats. Laughter dying on lips as triumphs melt slowly to sorrow. Joy and suffering, painfully intense then not, drift in and out, as clouds slow-dance each day to dust. Time passes, shoes are switched, roles reversed, backward and forward, round and around again, so…

Your Heart

Did your heart ache for us Since before the world was made? Did your heart break for us Since before the price was paid? Did your heart call to us Through rejection's scorning blow? Did your heart bleed for us Even though we didn't know? The sacrifice The price The full weight Of your love…

A Letter to Myself

My long-awaited Golden Birthday is tomorrow. It seems so weird that it's almost here. Your thirties are so far away for so long that all of a sudden you're thirty, which I suppose counts as actually being in your thirties {gulp}, and the clock still chimes on. It's not so bad, honestly. I am far…

My Daily Prayer

Lord, help me as I stumble. Lead me through this valley of Exhaustion, Sadness, Defeat.  -- Reignite my purpose and passion in you. Put my feet on the rock, So I may stand firm On solid ground.  -- Give me the courage and strength To cry out for help In humility When life is more…

Of those in the forest, which one’s the best? Is it the lion, Brave and strong, In pompous show All the day long? Or maybe the leopard, Beautifully dressed, Happily unmoving From his place of rest? Perhaps the bear With but one wish, Roaming about to hunt and to fish? Or is the deer more…