Spurgeon and those who wandered before us

“Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern…

9 months, and sojourners on the way

A kingdom that cannot be shaken: this is what we have been given. As I listened to Josh Garells play his indie-folk music at Redeemer Presbyterian church Downtown, I heard truth, a strain of thought he commented upon between two of the songs. He was speaking of being out in the desert. He said that…

glory be

This morning I wiped off our kitchen island; the crevices of granite tiles reminding me of the kitchen island of my childhood with cream squares and dark grout. It was one of those moments where you feel that you really haven’t grown up at all, or have at least, come full circle. Wiping down the…

Shalom

I’m on a hunt for peace, “Shalom” “According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be…

transformed by glory

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Luke 9:23-24ESV ” But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in…

In which I confess that I’ve failed my lenten fast…

Yes, I got up early for a while, but then I failed because of many reasons (I can come up with excuses pretty easily I’ve found). But dreading writing (rather, procrastinating it) because of my failure, needs to stop. NOW. Therefore, I write. First, my mom finished cancer treatment since the battle began back in…

waking early

I’m not a “morning person” I can sleep for 12 hours or more and love it. But I’ve been thinking of lent, and thinking that I want to observe it this time. I think this as I wash dishes in our apartment sink, and feel the satisfaction of cleanliness. …Satisfied that He makes me clean….

hunting for perfection

I’ve known since my childhood that I’m a “perfectionist.” Yeah, I’ve been one of those determined individuals who drives themselves into the ground looking for the BEST, most perfect thing. I produced  art (not really “creating” it), for the sake of becoming a perfect artist. I’ve pressed forward when I really should have let go…

thankful for words written and spoken

Tonight I flipped through my Ireland journal The leather straps tied in a bow on the back untied and laid open. I remember writing those first pages and the unknowing I felt for the adventure ahead. the adventure. The plan I never could have understood from that place. That place where I knew I needed…

Adventure Day 4: Legacy to the Truth

Today we began packing up the basement storage room. Our goal is to get it completely dealt-with by the end of tomorrow. This means, we’ve been opening boxes we haven’t opened since we started living in this house 7 years ago, and are deciding what we need to keep. Of course, over those 7 years, we have…

grace&glory

Luke 19:28-44 28And when he had said these things,he went on ahead,going up to Jerusalem. 29When he drew near to Bethphage andBethany, atthe mount that is called Olivet, he sent  two of the disciples, 30saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied,on which no one…