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Who Let The Dogs Out

Who Let The Dogs Out

What does it mean to have faith?  When we ask God to answer our prayers, do we really expect him to do it?  When we ask and don’t immediately receive an answer,  do we usually just give up and assume that for some reason, unknown to us, he doesn’t want to do what we are asking him to do?  What does it mean to believe, to trust, to have confidence, to be faithful?  What do we have to do to see more of our prayers answered?  Maybe we can learn something from the Canaanite woman? And behold a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.’  But he did not answer her a word.  And his disciples came and begged him saying, ‘Send her away, for she is crying after us.’  He answered, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’  But she came and knelt before him, saying, ‘Lord, help me.’  And he answered, ‘It is not fair t take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’  She said, ‘Yes Lord, yet even the dogs…[Continue Reading]

Happiness

Happiness

I believe we all have a longing inside of us to love fully, to be loved completely, to be good and to do good.  So often these feelings remain unfulfilled because we not sure exactly what it is we want and usually we have no idea how to get from where we are to where we want to be.  This longing is really a deep desire for wholeness, holiness.  It’s not holiness the way we normally think about it — that is a kind of “super goodness” where we do everything right all the time.  Rather it’s a through and through goodness that grows effortlessly out of being perfectly loved and responding in kind with all of our love in return.   This idea is articulated very well in the passage that follows. “My Jesus, it is truly easy to become holy; it just takes a little good will! And if He finds this minimum of good will in a soul, He quickly gives Himself to her. And nothing can stop Him, neither our faults nor our falls, absolutely nothing. Jesus hurries to help that soul; and if the soul is faithful to this grace from God, she can in…[Continue Reading]

10,000 Hours

10,000 Hours

“Morning by morning he wakens, he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.  The Lord God has opened my ear …”  (Isaiah 50:4-5) What would happen if we lived our lives waking every morning to hear the Holy Spirit opening our ears to hear?  What if we made it our sole aim in life to cultivate an ear that hears what the Spirit wants to teach us?  What if we spent 10000 hours, one morning at a time, developing our inner ear to listen to Jesus and then doing whatever he tells us to do? That is exactly what Jesus did.  Morning by morning he woke to listen to the Father.  And then he went about doing what the Father showed him needed to be done.  He demonstrated exactly how we are intended to live, life at the highest level, morning by morning, one day at a time. Of course we have important things to do, goals to achieve, tasks to accomplish, people to see, work to be done, lives to be lived.  But how can we live the way we are meant to live, the way we want to live, unless he opens our ears to hear?…[Continue Reading]

Choices

Choices

Sometimes circumstances in our lives make us feel as if we are trapped  with no escape.  No iron bars hold us, no chains are locked around us, no doors imprison us, yet we feel and act as if we are surrounded by armed guards whose sole purpose is to keep us right where we are.  Notwithstanding the difficulties we face, we are not helpless![Continue Reading]

Time

Time

I was at a meeting earlier in the week with a group of people.  On the way out, I was looking for someone with whom I needed to speak.  Before I could get to that person, a friend stopped me to thank me for some advice I had given him and to explain how much it helped him.  I recognized that my friend was excited to share this with me, but, honestly, at that moment I was more interested in my own mission.  So I found myself half engaged in one conversation thinking about another one.[Continue Reading]

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

I want to be a burning bush.  My heart yearns, aches really, to be surrendered to Jesus so that he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.  I have been reading a lot of stories over the last several months about ordinary (very ordinary) people who have been extra-ordinary by so disposing themselves to the love of God that his love flows out of their hearts in streams of living water.  I long to be like that. Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Mid’ian; and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  And the angel of the Lord appeared to him out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.  (Exodus 3:1-2) Everything about this story is especially ordinary except the burning bush.  Moses, alone in the wilderness, is taking care of his father-in-law’s sheep.  Nothing about this scene suggests that something awesome is about to occur.  No musical score is playing in the background to alert us that Moses is about to encounter the living God; but…[Continue Reading]

Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

Do you ever wonder what is was like for the Father and the Son before Jesus became man?  They had glory in each other's presence.  They were complete together, the Father loving the Son and the Son loving the Father.  Before giving himself up to death for us Jesus prayed:  "I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made."  (John 17:4-5)  This was his prayer and it's our deepest desire.[Continue Reading]

Who Is Helping Whom?

Who Is Helping Whom?

On the way home from work Friday night, I stopped for a man struggling with his suitcase and the other things he was carrying. I noticed him out of the corner of my eye as I was driving along talking on my cell phone. I asked him if he could use a ride and he said, "Yes". He put his bag and other stuff in the back seat and sat down in the passenger seat next to me. He hand me directions to the hotel he was looking for as I finished my telephone conversation.[Continue Reading]

Brook by the Wayside

Brook by the Wayside

You sit at the right hand of the Father and he is making your enemies your footstool.  He sends forth your mighty scepter from Zion and you rule in the midst of your foes.  While pursuing your enemies, you drink from the brook by the wayside and lift up your head.  ( See Psalm 110:1,6)[Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes (5/24/13)

7 Quick Takes (5/24/13)

Welcome to my new readers! I've just launched this redesigned blog on WordPress and decided to join up with Jennifer Fulwiler's 7 Quick Takes as a way to get to know other bloggers. I'm looking forward to sharing more with you about my family and the unique community in which we live.[Continue Reading]

Awake O Sleeper

Awake O Sleeper

Imagine, Jesus, the Son, the Word, with the Father, volunteering to become like you and me; choosing to leave heaven and come to earth.  Think about it. Jesus, though in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped (and held onto), but [he] emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.  (Philippians 2:6-8)[Continue Reading]