Oh I Need You

“Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” – Matthew 5:48

You know that feeling when you’re struck with a fresh revelation about something you’ve read a hundred times before? I love when that happens. It gets me so excited about this lifetime of learning from God’s Word.

This happened to me the other day while reading the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 5. It was such a simple truth, yet suddenly so profound. Continue reading

Jars of Manna

Take a jar and put an omerful of manna in it, and place it before the Lord to be kept throughout your generations. (Exodus 16:33)

This Thanksgiving, as I thought about all of the things I am thankful for—the many ways in which I am blessed and the countless ways God has provided for me—I realized how infrequently I reflect on the ways (big and small) He makes His presence known in my life. I’m not just talking about finding Him in my successes and triumphs when everything is going according to plan. I’m talking about looking at the hard times—the pain, the broken relationships, my failures, the times of doubt and struggle when things don’t go my way—and still being able to see God at work. Active and intentional remembrance that allows me to find the blessings in all seasons of life, even the hard ones. Remembrance that moves me to heartfelt gratitude and worship. We are commanded to give thanks in all circumstances, but are we cultivating habits that allow us to do this? Continue reading

Just the Right Skills for the Job

I’ve been reading through Exodus this fall and feeling captured by the drama of the story—the plagues, the Passover, the dramatic rescue at the Red Sea, the manna and the quail—and by the larger-than-life characters—Pharaoh of the hardened heart, Aaron, who could speak with power, Joshua, the faithful army captain, Moses, who spoke and the voice of God answered him.

And then suddenly all of this intense action culminates in…a construction project.  Exodus 25-30 lays out the instructions for building the tabernacle in such intricate detail that it feels like all the exciting drama and miraculous rescue has led us to a set of blueprints for a tent. Continue reading

Living for His Glory

“For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:26

“What is your dream?”

My uncle is known for asking big, intentional questions like this. Questions that challenge you to look into your heart. Questions you may realize you haven’t asked yourself – or if you have, it’s been awhile since you gave it much thought.

The answer to this question reveals a lot about our heart and the things we value. Is our dream, at its root based on comfort, success, or happiness? If we’re honest, is our dream really all about us? Aren’t these things that everyone desires? It sounds an awful lot like the American Dream, and what is so bad about that? Continue reading