Going Deeper

Perspective

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great the darkness.” Matthew 6:22-23 When I was young, my family went …

Daily Bread

Recently, the word ‘daily’ has been standing out for me. It seems so easy to do this Christian life thing in chunks and spurts but more difficult to allow God to set the rhythm of my life. It’s difficult to stay efficient and contemplative at the same time. Life-styles demand efficiency. My soul desperately needs contemplation. Since I choose not …

Stepping Stones

Usually I write my own blogs. Today, however, I want to share something I read by Margaret Silf from her book Inner Compass. It rocked my world. Check it out: “Each breath a stepping-stone to God.” These words have made a home in my heart. I let the feeling paint its picture in my prayer today. I let myself walk into the …

Known

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.” (Psalm 139:1) Don’t we all want to be known? Don’t we all want to be discovered? Not caught, or found out, but really understood in our deepest places? We need someone who can bridge the gap between what we do (being caught) and who we are (being known). Most of us, …

Lead Me to the Cross

I was talking with a friend yesterday about the American evangelical church.  I often wonder if we, as a whole group, have started to drift away from some important things.  As a counselor, I really appreciate teaching that helps the average pew-sitter to function better.  How do I parent better?  How do I improve my communication with a spouse or …

Freedom

So I’ve been studying the book of Exodus.  I thought it fitting this week as we celebrate our Nation’s freedom.  Both focus on our need to be free.  As humans we were not made to be in bondage.  We were not designed to wear shackles of any kind whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  We were made for freedom. Gerald May, …

Nakedness

Have you ever hurt someone so deeply that you’ve done damage?  Usually wounds result in defenses.  Defenses result in more wounds.  The relationship, that maybe has lasted years, dies a painful death. When a close friend, who knows the deep parts of us, is suddenly (or sometimes subtlety) stripped from our hearts, the exposure is a raw vulnerable feeling of …