Safe Haven

I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NRSV) Lately, I have found myself restless at night. All the things I didn’t get done or need to get done run through my mind. Worries and what ifs pop up to keep me unsettled. This is common for me at the end of summer and into early fall. I have to keep reminding myself that…

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Awe of Averages

awe[1] (noun) an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime. It is widely understood that the more common an experience or observation, the less special it feels. Somehow, simply by our daily awareness of something, it becomes regular. I have found myself wondering about this lately, as my understanding of “typical” has tipped upside down. It is now normal to discuss the “new normal.” Whatever that is. In fact, that phrase…

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Lost or Found

If we took a moment to reflect on our lives, I am sure many of us could locate at least one moment that we found ourselves lost and confused about our future, the decisions we need to make, or simply uncertain about what is next. We are used to thinking about these moments individually, focused on how God is speaking to us, personally, guiding and directing us through it. It is no wonder that at this moment in…

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Christian Witness

A Reflection on Christian Witness I tried something different this week. I took my children's message from last week and turned it into a devotion on Philippians 3:12-16 for TVprays.org. Rather than posting both, I share the devotion with you here. I hope it gives you a minute to consider the witness of your life. Keep showing up for yourselves and others, even when it gets hard. Keep your heart and mind centered on God's transformative love for…

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Where Were You

Read Job 38:1-11Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind:“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?Gird up your loins like a man,    I will question you, and you shall declare to me.“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?    Tell me, if you have understanding.Who determined its measurements—surely you know!    Or who stretched the line upon it?On what were its bases sunk,    or who laid its cornerstonewhen the morning stars sang…

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Holy Belonging

Belonging is a holy gift, grounded in our identity as a beloved child of God. As I worked on the children’s message this week, I knew I had to get a little more personal, which led me to two messages. One, utilizing the stories of some of our high school students, and the other, more from my personal story, directed to a little bit of an older audience. Continue to watch the videos.

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All We Love Is All We’ll Take

As I reflect on the passage of time, particularly over these past few months, I am reminded that part of the issue was my misunderstanding. I forgot that I do not own time. How I use time does not prove its worth. Instead, time is a tide in which I live. I am swept up in time and all I truly need is with me at any given moment.

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Feeling Smart?

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 1 Corinthians 1:20I’ll be honest. I’ve been struggling with all of the hard things going on around the world lately. And lately feels a lot longer than what it used to mean to me. Lately can encompass a year or two, or feel like it at the very least. So…

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The Rules of Perspective

Breathe: Close your eyes. Inhale for three seconds, pause, and exhale for three seconds. Take as many breathes like this as you like.Read: John 14:15-31We learn a lot about ourselves in times of stress and change. I think it’s safe to say we are currently in a time of stress and change, on a global scale. In these times it is easy for us to be reactive as we scramble to make sense of it all and cling…

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