Surprised by love

“But me he caught—reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved—surprised to be loved!” Psalm 18:16-19 the Message I wonder if that is the surprising thing to them? To the...

But I will call on God

She didn’t say the words to me. The words that made his heart pound wildly in his chest. The words that sucked his very breath right out and silenced his words, his balance gone. And he sat there thinking, wondering if they even read the same bible. This woman who stood before the congregation many Sundays, smiling sweet and saying kind words of welcome and repeating words from this book...

This Day Won’t Last [Five-Minute Friday]

They tell you these days won’t last. People who’ve lived life and have been where you are but you don’t listen. These days are unending and some days you just want them to move, faster. Diaper and teething days and the lack of sleep days, these days seem to last far too long. The days of youth and life and living full, these days will last. Won’t they? And you...

Because of Jesus

“Brokeness breaks us from our need to be right and breaks us open to our need to extend the grace we have been given.” Ann Voskamp It had been a night of sharing. Nearly one hundred of us gathered in the dining room, our new meeting room as the renovations move throughout the Center. Men who seldom share in the large group stood, took microphone in hand and some shared...

Wearing Love

I have this necklace with a tiny charm hanging from it that says “Love has found me”. God has found me. His love found this empty heart and I need not wander anymore. They are words stamped into metal that hang around my neck. Or inside a drawer with other strands, some with words, some not. They are words with meaning to me if to no one else. I don’t...