“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) Hebrews 4:12 is a familiar passage, often quoted when we talk about the importance of … Read more
It’s hard for me to do a task if I don’t see a purpose behind it, if I don’t find it meaningful and helpful in some way. I’m a rule follower, and sometimes that means I do something because I know logically it’s the right thing to do. But even then, some of those “right … Read more
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It feels a little hard to find steady footing right now. I’m feeling unsettled by uncertainty, and I imagine you are too. As scary as a pandemic is when we don’t really have any answers, the truth is, I’ve felt uncertain and unsteady before. This feeling of taking one step at a time in an … Read more
Lent was a strange concept to me for many years. I didn’t grow up in a church that practiced this rhythm, and the first time I heard about it I was a second grader attending a Lutheran school. We had an Ash Wednesday service and no one quite prepared me for the silence or the … Read more
Many of us set the goal of reading through the Bible during the year. And often when we set that goal we are all excited and ready to go. But can I confess something to you? Heading into this year I was not excited to read my Bible. I’m a big fan of reading the … Read more
Matthew West put out a song several years ago called “Motions.” It was a prayer about how he doesn’t want to go through the motions anymore but actually engage with God and grow in faith. For several years this song was an anthem for me, a declaration that I wanted to put my whole heart into … Read more
Reading through the Bible is one goal many Christians add to their list for the new year, and it’s a good one. We talk a lot around here about how faith is about relationship. There is no better way to build relationship with the Lord than to get to know Him through His Word. But … Read more
Rachelle Dekker wrote “Life is series of forgetting and remembering.” If you hang around me for any period of time you’ll probably hear me share those words because they are some of the most freeing I have ever encountered. They remind me that I’m not going to get it right the first time–or the twenty-first … Read more
When we settle our focus on God, when we remember that this life isn’t just about accomplishing and achieving and doing, but being devoted to relationship with God, we’re able to breathe a little deeper. We’re able to unwind our identity from what we have to do and remember who we are.
We are children of God, and we have things to do, but those things don’t define us. God does.