Wooden Stakes

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19) I ran headlong into old friends this week – caught sight of them when I wasn’t even looking or aware of how much I needed their familiar faces. Knowing what they held, they […]

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Marching Orders

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain….” (John 15:16) We long to hear God’s voice, to understand what he wants us to be about, to figure out his will and his ways for our life. We complicate […]

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Striving

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams. Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, […]

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Inside Out

“For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14) David’s songs resonate like water heaving itself across rugged cliffs and plunging hundreds of feet to crash on river rock below; his psalms have the voice of a thousand waterfalls cascading in full force. In the compelling language of Psalm 103, God […]

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Tolls

“Present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” (Romans 6:13) They supposed that by conniving and deceit they could shove the carpenter into a corner, suffocate him with shavings of words, pin him with nail-­‐-­‐-­‐pointed questions. They were the religious […]

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Makes The Way

“Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” (Psalm 139:6) On certain extraordinary days, previously overlooked details captivate and calls me to worship: the first sip of a perfectly brewed cup of coffee; the sight of clay pots brimming with pinkish-­purple impatience; birds splashing in a patio puddle like […]

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Positioned

“But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ they were indignant.” (Matt 21:15) The little ones were singing his praises, recognizing Jesus’ role as Messiah and bursting into jubilant song right in the midst […]

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Beautiful Way

“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me…” (Psalm 86:12-­13) She raised her arms as high as she could lift them, her face turned upward as if she saw what was invisible to others in […]

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Winners Circle

“If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Charging like a thoroughbred ‘round a racetrack, our thoughts hurl from one worrisome scenario to another. With time on our hands and minds on full alert, we contemplate the dreadful, the damaging, or the difficult, assuming the […]

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Setting Out

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11) Like a desert wanderer who values pools of water beneath the shade of palms, we cling to the soul‐satisfying poetry displayed throughout the Psalms.   This ancient hymnbook […]

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