Posted: August 13, 2017
One morning when I was praying, I heard the Lord speak (maybe not in an audible voice, but I heard him). He said, “That’s it? That’s all you’re asking? I’m the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and that’s all you’re going to ask?” He didn’t sound sarcastic or angry, maybe just a little surprised. I was confused and convicted...
Posted: August 8, 2017
“I’m praying for you.” Those words. I remember when I was a younger, I was a little bothered when a casual friend came up to me and said, “Last night, the Lord brought you to my mind, so I prayed for you.” She peppered me with questions about what’s happening with me at that exact moment, as if she was hoping that I was on the cusp disaster and that her prayers played a pivotal role in rescuing me from peril. She even sounded a little incredulous, like she thought I was covering up something. It was odd...
Posted: July 31, 2017
I have a hibiscus (non-gardeners, hear: flower) on my back porch and it just bloomed. Frankly, it can’t stop blooming. I knew that it was happening. I could see all of the signs. In the morning, I started taking pictures in half-hour increments, but there was no way that I could sit there and watch it happen. I couldn’t capture it. The transformation from a bulb to a bloom is only discernible over time. I wish I had one of those really cool cameras that could sit there all day and take time-elapsed photos to document the bloom. Instead, I took about four pictures with my phone, posted them on Facebook and Instagram and called it a day...
Posted: July 23, 2017
Years ago, I got a phone call. My Nana was dying. The doctors had finally discovered that my mother’s mother was sicker than we knew. The cancer was everywhere. I hope that sometime I can tell everyone how beautiful and amazing and funny and talented and unique she was. Although we lived in different states, we were quite close.
Posted: July 14, 2017
It’s hard for us to wrap our minds around the Holy Spirit. He’s the mysterious one in the Trinity (John 3:8). He’s a he not an it (John 14). He is not like the force from Star Wars or some cosmic, cloudy presence. He’s a person and, at the same time, he is the Spirit (Gen. 1, John 4). He is so mighty that he raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 8:11). He is so powerful that he transforms our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh (Eze. 36:26). He gives life to the dead (Eze. 37). He’s so personal that he convicts individuals of sin (John 16:8). He’s the Holy Spirit...
Posted: July 3, 2017
Years ago, I read the book by Aron Ralston entitled Between a Rock and a Hard Place. It was a biographical story, later made into a movie starring James Franco called 127 Hours, about this 20-something who was hiking alone in a canyon in uninhabited Utah...
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