Crossing the bridge for help.

Maybe it’s time for you to walk across the bride for the purpose of getting some help. That means you have to humble yourself, realizing that you aren’t meant to do this alone. You aren’t meant to be super-human or super-spiritual and stand alone…and simply endure. Moses was chosen by God to deliver the nation of Israel out of Egypt, out of bondage, but there came time when he needed help with his arms. Literally. Moses stood with his arms in the air. As the unrelenting heat from the sun beat down, he couldn’t even wipe the sweat as it ran down his face and neck. Though his arms began to ache, he couldn’t stop for relief. Heavy, with fatigue and lack of blood circulating, those arms begged to dangle back down to his sides. There was no...

Redemption in the midst of suffering

Just at a time when I felt I would absolutely break into a million pieces, when I thought my heart wasn’t strong enough to beat one more time… just when I didn’t care if it continued to beat… there was a sort of a rescue, though on the outskirts of so much pain and what didn’t make sense, I knew it was redemption. It wasn’t that my prayer was being answered or anything like when the prodigal comes home or even that the suffering stopped, it was only that something broke off… like a hardened piece of cheese I gotta slice off and toss to the dog. There was a chipping away of something and it wasn’t the grief or the pain. It was the unresponsive, hard flesh that wasn’t pliable, wasn’t willing, wasn’t...

The year of first’s is complete

Dad, It’s been a year since your last birthday and almost a year since you took your last breath here on this earth. Oh, the glory you have known these past months…and months have meant nothing to you. Time is outside of your realm, so is suffering, tears, longing, sin, fear.  My sweet friend, Carmita lost her precious newborn baby girl the other night…she too, slipped into the arms of Jesus. I know from your perspective all is well, even in the midst of their anguish. I’ve missed you, I longed for your affirmation. There were times during this past year that were so sorrow-filled that I cried out, “I want my dad.” I imagined what you would have spoken to me. You would tell me that I could get through these things, you would...

Ravaged by grief

To my friend who is being ravaged by unimaginable grief tonight, I cannot take this pain away. I cannot bring your sweet baby back. I cannot unwind time, stop the torment or lesson one drop of your sorrow. I am helpless as you are in utter anguish. I know you are trusting God, you are are speaking truths that God is on His throne, He is good and holy and just. I know there has to be a million questions and a million more cries from the pit of your soul that aren’t quieted or soothed from your endless tears. And there aren’t answers. Those arms of yours, so cheated, so empty, I know they will gather up your sweet little one you have at home and you’ll kiss her and smell her hair and examine her sweet face. Her baby sister will not come home...

Will Even This Be Redeemed?

Ever look back on something that you thought you would never heal from let alone see any good come out of it only to discover that God did redeem, He did get you through…you may still have a scar, but you came through the battle. We often forget that God is in the midst of our trials TODAY. We think that yesterday’s struggle was different…we might see God as faithful – or we might see the consequences of our sin – but, still, God is/was/will be drawing you to Him – every day, in the midst of  every hard thing we will endure. I was just talking to a young man tonight who had suffered a divorce…a divorce he wanted and then regretted, but it was because of that heartache that he came into an intimate relationship with the...

A life not his own

John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin. A blood relative of Christ on his mother’s side, John, prepared the way for Christ proclaiming to the people, ” I am the voice of one calling in the desert, Make straight the way for the Lord.”  John’s most glorious words, spoken when Jesus was approaching him are one of my favorite spoken in Scripture, ” Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” The very one who had come to wash away John’s impurities of soul allowed this imperfect man the honor of facilitating Jesus’ obedience to the Father through baptism. Jesus speaks of John in the Gospel of Matthew, ” I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John...

God hasn’t forgotten you

You…who believe that God has forgotten you, who feel so frustrated, lonely and overwhelmed.  God has not forgotten you. He isn’t angry at you. He isn’t trying to punish you. His love for you is the same as it is for me, the same as it is for the Billy Grahams of the world. God doesn’t play favorites. Maybe for a long time now, you think that the promises that Scripture speaks of…the encouragement that is thrown your way…is for everyone else. It’s for the good people, God’s favorite people, the chosen ones. Every word that speaks despair into your heart is a direct lie from an enemy who desires to keep you from knowing God, intimately. Every emotion that screams to you that God doesn’t really care is a lie. As...

May friendship, encouragement and grace abound!