Maybe you need to know that that it’s not your responsibility to keep the world turning—that you can’t do it, and that you’re not even supposed to. Maybe you’re pressing on with all of your might and things are going really well but you’re wondering if you’ll get to slow down. Maybe you’re striving and struggling to keep up with your own expectations or someone else’s. Maybe you’re limping under a heavy weight and it hurts...
It’s so hugely significant, my friend, that Jesus reaches out His hand and looks straight into us, calling, “Come, follow me.” He’s telling us that He wants us, that He’s confident that we can be like Him, and that He trusts that we can go on and make more disciples, too!! I
Sometimes, we hide our pain. Try to pretend it’s as non-existent as it is invisible. But too often, when we have spent time hurting, it becomes scarier for us to tell the world if we’re having a day when we actually feel good. Because, what if we end up feeling the hurt all over again tomorrow? Will people understand? How will we explain? What will people think of us then?
...sometimes I wonder what might have happened if I had tried to keep my suffering to myself. If we had tried to do life independently and stayed away from people so not to be "a burden" to anyone. If I had tried not to ask for help when I needed it. If I hadn't stepped out (before I lost my footing to a merciless disease), and gotten involved with a community of people.
There are voices that say you're not enough. That you can't keep up. That you'll always fall short. Do you hear those voices?
Sometimes, I believe them...
I squeezed my eyes more tightly and tried to get rid of the man. I worked to conjure up an image of anything else. Surely I could imagine something more sophisticated, more dramatic maybe. Something grander. Something better. I was, after all, asking for a glimpse of the God who formed the Universe with just a thought.
But I couldn't see anything else. He just stood there, his eyes set on me, that man with the balloons.
I've got some fabulous friends with books coming out this fall, and I'm so excited about them! It's been a huge honor to get to design prints for these gifted authors, and I want to share a few quick ways that you can get your hands on their books and on the prints (some of them for free)!
God has had me in a real quiet season for the past few months--working in my heart to heal me and set me free from a life of anxiety and perfectionism and people-pleasing. And this podcast episode, with Francie Winslow and Heather MacFadyen has helped me to get on my knees and hear God speaking beautiful truth into roots of lies in my past.
I'm all-in when I'm in. I give more than 100 percent. I don't know how to do anything half-heartedly. But something's been telling me that my unrest has more to do with my heart than anything else.
One life at a time, we're choosing joy and surrendering to the pen of the always-faithful and always-loving God who is writing our stories. Your life is significant, because you are a part of a much greater story that is being told through you and in you and all around you.
Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Ashleigh. A young wife and mom fighting Multiple Sclerosis, she is an incredible example of faith and hope through trial
Walking through a life of constant physical pain is a journey like I never imagined I would be called to walk. I long for my home in heaven. I long for the new body that I will be clothed in there—a body without pain, without scars, without inability.
What Jesus did for us that very first Easer is the reason that new bodies can be hoped for. As we reflect on the Resurrection this week—I couldn’t think of a more fitting person to introduce you to than my beautiful friend, Alex.
I'm not sure I could be more excited about our newest Featured Reader. Have you ever gotten to see the incredible wonder of Jesus coming into someone's life? I'm in awe every time I look at Megan, because for years, I prayed for her to know Jesus. He floored me in the most beautiful way when He let me be the person to pray with her the day she gave her life to Him! It's been an incredible joy to watch Jesus fill Megan's life with His hope!
I'm honored to introduce you to a 27-year-old wife, mom of two littles, and school-teacher who is passionate about Jesus and the way He transforms lives...