Outside Time

If I could live outside of timeLike God does To know what was, what is,And most importantly,What is to come Perhaps I wouldWorry lessLaugh morePersevere effortlesslyHope absolutelyPray without ceasing And yet here I standBound by timeWatching minute by minuteNot knowing what’s nextUnsure of tomorrow or next year Jesus existed in timelessnessHe is the Alpha and…

Standing in Jesus

I will persevereAnd face every fearJesusHope becomes quite dearBecause You are nearWith usIn hate came the spearYet You shed a tearFor us Hope I will maintainDespite chronic painDear LordAffliction and strainOn this body rainLove pouredThough You once were slainYou will always reignAdored To You I hold fastYour mercy so vastMy RockWhen mired in my pastIn…

Anchored Print: John 10:10

Abundance and a full, vibrant life, work together simultaneously in my mind. Vibrant abundance is the life that Jesus calls us to enter into. We are no longer suppressed, subdued, silenced, or shamed. We are not floundering foolishly, nor frantically fleeing. We are anchored in possibility. Our yeses and amens align with God’s Word, and…

Jesus Overflowing

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~John 10:10 NIV. The world promises fame and wealthSeeking such things leaves us owingWorry and strife burden spiritual healthBut Jesus promises life overflowing Seek first His kingdom He commandsPeace and joy…

Abiding in the True Vine

The gnarled oak toppled overnight, stressed by the torrential rain and wind that suddenly became too much. Wide-eyed children gasped as we drove by in the morning light, wondering aloud how something so mighty could be grounded with a bit of wind. While the outside had been unremarkable enough that I never previously noticed this…

The Time of Reflection: Between Christmas and the New Year

As excited as we get during the Christmas season, as thankful as we feel for the perfect gift of God’s son, there’s some dead space, some apprehension between the warmth and glow of the manger and what we believe God may have in store for us in the future. As we move from “Merry Christmas”…

A Light in the Darkness

  There used to be something magical about Christmas.  Lights twinkling on the tree and a growing assortment of mysterious presents tucked underneath. The excitement of unpacking our favorite ornaments to hang, each with its own special story. The scent of pine needles in the air and our whole family bunched up on the couch…

A Christmas Poem: Once Upon a Time

Author: Linda L. Kruschke Once upon a starry night A single star shown ever bright Outshone angels hovering a field Telling shepherds who rightly kneeled Of the birth of the Chosen One Born of Mary, God’s own Son Wise men followed that singular star Traveling for days from afar With the shepherds they came to…

Remembering to Make Room

Standing at the beginning of December, I’m already seeing very full days when I look at my calendar.  The joy and excitement of the Christmas season can often be matched equally with busyness, and busyness quickly leaves little room for anything else.   We find packed calendars instead of leaving room for quieting ourselves.  We…

I Doubted the Power of My Story

When I was in high school I was constantly surrounded by one youth group speaker after another, each with a powerful testimony of how they came to know Christ after some dark and troublesome time in their life.  Each person had a heavy story – a life of drug dependency, a life of running from…