Friday, April 20, 2012


my college days are drawing to a close.
and i
but it is a challenge with these exciting days ahead
and the thing that is frustrating me the most
is that my time in the mornings
is so very distractible.
i remember seasons where the first 30+ minutes in the mornings
was so disciplined and rich and focused and exciting.
they were my favorite time of the day.

mornings at the boiler room, especially during weeks of 24/7
when i would sit in chelsea's bird nest chair in front of my huge window
studying deuteronomy and joshua.

the weeks after i got home from israel,
studying the life of david and i was absolutely enthralled...

early mornings in colorado
saw a perfect team of hot tea, jesus calling, the gospels, and the mountains.
then mal would come into the living room and blow dry her hair.
i loved these mornings.

i'm distracted now by the freedom and possibilities that graduation promises,
i'm distracted by the most wonderful man that God has brought into my life,
i'm distracted by so. many. things. that i want to learn next...
and all of these are such great things.

and in light of this, everything else will hold its rightful place.

luke 10.41-42 

but the Lord answered her, “martha, martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

luke 12.29-32

and do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. for all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. “fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

philippians 4:6-8

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Friday, April 13, 2012


talk about a heavy week...
God's faithfulness became more real to me
and i am so humbled in my helplessness.
i feel like i had to answer this question for myself as if i have never asked it before.
God, are you present? are you faithful? do you hear me?
there were moments when i have never felt more alone
and He would remind me of His immanence.
it seemed like each day one conversation or one random interaction blessed me such that it would sustain me until i needed that next confirmation of His promise.
like shawna said today that it is no small thing to learn that our God is both sovereign and good.
He works for our good.
He is involved and aware
and because of this we can expect that even the hard weeks
are purposed.
i haven't felt humility this way in a long time.
it kind of makes me sick
but it also makes God look so much greater in my eyes.
i see Him as more capable than i've believed before
I see His compassion, His eyes, sincere.
though overwhelmed with what life is asking of me now
as i finish my college career
i'm learning myself
in new ways
and i've been challenged and encouraged by so many dear friends.
thank you, dear friends. you have no idea what God is doing through you.
and this last little acknowledgement that He is concerned for the small things as well,
i looked at one of my favorite blogs.
it is called 365 promises.
i do this thing where i like to read the thing that is posted on my birthdate,
and actually, i like to do this in the book of luke too.
i'll read a june 12 entry. or, with luke, i'll read chapter 6, verse 12.
i don't just do this for my birthday.
[i love birthdays.]
and i do this for friends and family as well.
i looked up alex's birthday on 365 promises.
this was the picture and promise that was posted there:
this was on my desktop for months...
months ago.
such a small detail.
but quite possibly just another reminder that He is intricately aware of my life
and He cares.
how easily we can miss these precious details if we are not watching for them.
His mercies are new every morning.
He blesses us all. day. long.
and how blessed i am.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


easter is the best day of the year
in my opinion.
i love easter week. i love good friday.
so thankful for all of it.
the world's story coming together
in Jesus, the One whose righteousness alone is sufficient
sufficient to remove all sin, guilt, shame, fear
the things that can so often and so easily own our days,
and to replace these things with grace, joy, peace,
the things that - whether we can label them or not - we are all desperately living our lives in search of
these human limitations,
our boxed-in comprehensions of what it means to receive something
will never make sense of our undeserved gift,
the greatest self-denial ever known.
this humility of Jesus contrasted against - but somehow also working in tandem with -
the Father's complete power, rooted in His complete love.
it is hard to understand Jesus' death as love
and our sins, gone.
when we know the character of God,
we can know that it is His very nature that desires to give Himself
so that we may have life to the full [john 10]
and we can know that Jesus was obedient, even to death
to prove 2 things
that God, the Father, can be trusted no matter how must we must give
and that life comes only from death.
the Resurrection.
the reason we can stand today in assurance that
the God of the universe delights in us.
Jesus says that very few people can say this
because the road is narrow [matthew 7]
His Word also states that
in those who believe in Him [with lives that show this to be so clear, bearing fruit] [john 15]
dwells the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. [romans 8.11]
and i, we, can walk in confidence knowing this.
it is finished.
...this day changed everything.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


this never happens to me
i woke up singing a song ["You are my hope" by Matt Gilman and Cory Asbury]
and when i opened my Bible to read, i was at Psalm 25

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
    let me not be put to shame;
    let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name's sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
    and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
    for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
    bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
    and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider how many are my foes,
    and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
    Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
    for I wait for you.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
    out of all his troubles.

these lines stood out to me

Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;

10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

all the paths. even the hard ones. 
love and faithfulness for those who hold fast to Him.

[and this makes me think of char. i miss her.]

Sunday, April 1, 2012


nights like this
when i am just frustrated with myself
convicted by the morning's sermon
feeling so ridiculously needy
and completely unmotivated,
i have to choose to see You
and how far i fall short
and how i can do nothing unless You will and act

You, my sustainer
You, my grace
You, my motivation
You, my joy
You, my purpose
You, my ability to love
You, my strength to press on
You, my great great reward
You, my ever present help

...this is what i used to do when i found myself losing sight of the best, eclipsed by the good and the better...

i will remember to remember who You are.

and i refuse to be so caught up in the things around me that i fail to cling to the very source and direction of my life.
Jesus tells the jews that they need to come to Him and believe in Him
He also tells them, "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him."
here's what you need...but you can't do it.
story of my life
and all of ours
but we can trust His work
because of Love
and we look forward
to easter...