New Year, New View

“Would you look at that? Another year has come and gone and the view from my window looks exactly the same.” When you read that statement, you may think, “Well, that’s definitely a pessimistic outlook on life.” Or you may think, “I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that way.” No matter what…

Off to a Shaky Start

On the last Saturday of 2018, I bought my second car… After nine years, there were a lot of signs that it was time for an upgrade. And, Lord willing, this new car will work out, but when I took it to my parent’s house, the first thing my dad noticed was that the engine…

For His Name’s Sake

To a lot of people, the God of the Bible doesn’t make sense. He doesn’t fit the mold of man-made gods, and He certainly has no desire to cater to the wills of men. Some people see Him as harsh, proud, and other adjectives not worth mentioning. But, in spite of what people think or…

Jesus, You are My Validation

I received a copy of “The Greatest Showman” for Christmas, which I had not seen since it was in theaters. Though I remember what happened, there is something that struck me about the storyline more than it did before: the insatiable desire of the showman to receive validation. He had done incredible things that no…

A Beautiful History of Grace

Ready, Set, Ready March 12, 2015 This road has not been kind. Innocence was stripped from body and mind. The world crept in and robbed me blind. But it’s not as though I couldn’t hear it coming; as subtle as an elephant in the room, running; pounding at my heart, drawing me into the dark…

Abounding

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13) If you are broken, let me cry with you. If you are over the moon, let me rejoice with you. You were never meant to…

Who Will Stand in the Gap?

I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30) If you knew something terrible was going to happen and that there was some way you could prevent it,…

Life is Found at Arm’s Length

I will dance with you, but I’ll keep you at arm’s length and look the other way. I know you’re there, but won’t acknowledge your presence unless absolutely necessary. You think I hate you, but I’m really just trying not to give you the wrong idea. If I get too close, I will disappoint your…

What Will it Cost You?

Before going on a trip, making a big purchase, or starting a large project, the cost must first be considered. And cost is often not bound up only in numbers and figures, but also in the physical and spiritual realms. For Christians around the world, faith in Jesus Christ and following His Commission can cost…

Step Into the Ark

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5) This verse precedes God’s commandment to Noah to build an ark and prepare for the destruction of all mankind, save for his own family. When he…