When Enemies Unite

Who is the real enemy? It’s the question that seems to come up a lot. Depending what side of the political spectrum you fall on in the United States, you might identify conservative-right-wing-republicans or liberal democrats as the enemy. Or maybe it’s ANTIFA. Or Millenials. Baby Boomers. Christians. Muslims. It’s a game of “them” versus “us.” If you’re a member…

God Doesn’t Need Me

Please refrain from flooding my inbox with feel-good messages. “Of course He needs you! How can you think that! He created you! You’re special and unique… yadda, yadda, yadda…” No positive affirmations needed here but I appreciate the sentiment. I’m not fishing for compliments and my self esteem is in a healthy place. This little tidbit of reflection has nothing to do…

What I Didn’t Expect from Grace

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb.4:16 There are things that become routine after time. The danger of routine is, like the old saying goes, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” With the passing of time, its human nature to take things for granted:…

Being Broken Isn’t The Worst Thing That Can Happen To You

“Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3 I’m going through a season of breaking in my life. It happens often. Each of these seasons have looked a bit different, but three things remain constant: It’s always uncomfortable. (That’s actually a bit of an understatement. Unpleasant, distressing, and downright painful is probably a more accurate description.) My attitude fluctuates…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Follow the Leader

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Luke 11:4 It started with a request: “Lord, teach us to pray.” And the end is much like the beginning. In the rich tapestry that is our prayer lives where we learn to communicate with our Father we become like children: we learn the language of listening and total…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: Finding True Freedom

Forgive us our sins,     for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Luke 11:4a Forgiveness is a difficult subject to write about for two reasons: The first may be a bit obvious: I’m still struggling with it. It dredges up the tender, broken places within and forces me to deal with all of those things I thought I’ve let…

Lord, Teach Us To Pray: The Art of Humility

Give us day by day our daily bread. Luke 11:3 There are no self-made men (or women). I hope this offends you. That it upsets the balance and of the carefully thought out Western world view that some people win or lose by the grit of their teeth and pulling up their bootstraps. That “happiness comes from within.” But I…