Trust

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7. ___ Growing up, I was always the kind of person who knew that I was going to have a family. I knew I was going to marry a beautiful girl, we’d be hopelessly in love, we’d have lots of […]

Gospel Feet

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. John 13:14 NIV ___ When I was in high school, my parents hosted a church ministry intern (Carrie) for a year. While interning, she met an awesome Christian guy (John) who was also in ministry and they ended […]

Do You Pronk?

“He answered, ‘I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?’” John 9:27 NIV ___ The first time I let my dog outside each morning – without fail – she bolts out the door and launches herself off the […]

Silent Overcomer

“Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded.  “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout.  Then shout!”  Joshua 6:10 NLT ___ In my experience, some of the most difficult conversations in life begin with the phrase “we need to talk.”  Even typing those words out makes me have painful flashbacks […]

Whose Shoes

“…But how could he be?…” John 7:27a NLT ___ Sometimes, when I read the Bible, I have a hard time identifying with the people I’d like to identify with. When I read the book of Ruth, I struggled with it because I couldn’t see myself in Ruth. She is seriously June Cleaver mixed with Mother […]

Limitless

“There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?” John 6:9 NLT ___ If I took a poll today, what do you think would get more votes: I make most of my decisions based upon my limitations. I make most of my decisions […]

Make it stop!

“Sir, give me this water so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:15 ESV ___ A couple years back, I pinpointed the most critical difference between my kid-wrangling strategies and my husband’s kid-wrangling strategies. The most critical difference is how we approach a [NON life-threatening] repeat […]

CompariSIN

He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 NIV ___ I don’t usually shy away from being honest in Messy Worship but this week’s topic is going to push my transparency comfort zone. It’s very challenging to admit this one publicly: I struggle A TON with comparing myself to others. There are so […]

Cause and Effect

“But they shouted, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!'” Luke 23:21 NLT ___ Remember learning about cause and effect in grade school? I feel like they could’ve done a better job talking about how strangely that whole things plays out sometimes. Example: Cause: I told my five-year-old to put his shoes on (to go to the store). […]

Bring Him Your Awkward Persistence

“‘I fear neither God nor man,’ he said to himself, ‘but this woman is driving me crazy.'” Luke 18:4b-5a NLT ___ When sending an email to someone who hasn’t met me yet, I often warn the person up front that I am notoriously, unexpectedly awkward. It’s true. I don’t know if I’m MORE awkward than […]