do we weep for the Lord?

Have you ever wondered why we shy away from direct verbiage? The words that dig deep; the ones with a harsh connotation and leave us somewhat uncomfortable inside. We beat around the bush. We tiptoe the conversation in order to make ourselves or someone else feel at ease. We don’t even realize we do it, yet it is a constant piece of work in our minds every single day. It’s an instant thought that suggests we might offend someone, or they might not understand our passion, so therefore, we change the wording.

As a writer, this irks me. My heart aches for the beautiful language we were meant to speak, but so often cover. This gift of communication is undefinable, it’s hard to grasp its root, its birth- yet we easily take it for granted by allowing our minds to suppress its’ power. Read More

finding completeness in Him – a Valentines Day reminder

We are in a constant state of desire; for companionship, passion, respect, character, grace. The list could go on but essentially, we are designed to thirst for the kind of love that inhibits our entirety- our heart, mind, soul, and body.  In every aspect we crave more and always feel at least one category lacking. Am I right?

If it’s not the undivided attention then it’s the warm, gentle touch. There is never enough embrace in this life, so we are constantly searching out for the final “fill”; that one idea we’ve convinced ourselves we need in order to be fulfilled or satisfied.

If there is one thing that could sum up the last year of my life, it’s that you will always search for completion until you realize that you’ve already been made complete. Read More

accepting our sinful nature

I’ve realized I tend to discuss our “sinful nature.” It has become a staple in my most recent posts, and this made me desire to dissect its character as a statement and its truth as a fact. Why do I lean on this as a description of who we are? Because it is the truest definition of our being, and without accepting it, we could never view Jesus with the glory that He deserves.

Some of the most popular questions that are thrown our way are things like why do we accept His love with all the bad that happens in the world; and why doesn’t God take it all away; or why doesn’t God give us more good?

The answers to these questions ultimately crumble down to the vary raw and vulnerable truth that sin has destroyed God’s original plan, and therefore we are not capable of accepting His good. Let me break this down more. Read More

when my pride takes control – and His humbling command

I think it’s safe to say that majority of the time we refer to our self-image it’s in the context of outward beauty. It’s our figure, our hair color, our scars and marks; things that are obvious and appreciable. What we don’t often consider, is the inner workings of our ego. The part of ourselves that dictates a personal respect and personal worth. It lingers within our hearts as the thing that produces our confidence to move forward and put forth effort.

But it’s also the thing that keeps us at an arm’s length from Jesus.

James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

This is not a “group” of Christians, but the entire church body. We are all called to humble ourselves before the Lord as His faithful followers. Jesus’ entire earthly ministry Read More

resolutions for Christ – new year, same God

A new year. A new start. A new set of goals and dreams surface. We begin to think of our future as a restoration to the old. We drop yesterday as if it was an object to hold, and press on with a fresh outlook on life. This is the type of conversation I hear at the beginning of every year, normally followed with a resolution- a declaration of something to improve or work on, build up and perfect. And we are delighted for it, can’t wait to start the journey, and fill with anxiety for the potential outcome.

Our culture has created an idealistic joy in constantly “starting over.” Every year, we say these things: “this is going to be the best one yet,” “there are big plans for this year,” “this year will be a breath of fresh air,” “Can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me.”

I am a contributor to this mindset, 100%.

But I have been convicted of it’s flaw. Read More

when my approach is too harsh; learning to speak with patience

As believers, we are called to speak boldly. This term has an array of interpretations and expectations. We often assume it means exasperated language and action, on the contrary, it refers to standing true to what you believe. Confrontational structure is not a means of getting someone to understand what you understand; that tends to come across forceful and judgmental. A lot of what the Christian community faces today are those two adjectives. We are called hypocrites, due to our approach.

Which doesn’t make sense to me, yet, it is excruciatingly true. Because I’ve caught myself doing it.

We have an underlying insincere nature, because we are selfishly built in our sin. We automatically assume we are right and that person is wrong; we have a hard time sympathizing with those that think a bit differently and logically grasp on a separate spectrum than we do. Essentially, for some reason it is hard for us to fully understand others, yet we expect them to understand us? Read More