“I have created you with great capacity. Your heart can hold many of the things of God. The only way you will be able to walk in the full capacity I have given you, is to let nothing compete with your pursuit of our relationship.
Pursue me as your Father. Continually seek me as a son. Keep me as the one thing of your heart.
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. ~ Psalm 27:4
but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:42
Guard your secret place with Me. If I am the one thing of your heart, I will make room for the many things I have given you. But, if the many things are what you hold first, they will not make room for Me. Eventually, it may take one year or ten, but at some point you will find yourself holding the many things of God, but not holding God.”
Continue reading “one thing”
That story, the one about the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume, blows me away every time. It’s not so much because she reminds me of me, although she does. But so does that pharisee guy.
Today, it’s more that Jesus reminds me of Jesus.
The One who receives sinners and let’s them cry all over His feet. The Jesus who knows the difference between someone who invites Him in because He’ll make them look good, and the one who risks humiliation because they know He is worthy of honor. The One who defends the weak, the shamed, the outcast, against those who look down on them. Continue reading “do you know why she kissed His feet?”
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” …And He said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:1, 3-4
Something in us is so prone to the desire to be great, lured by the idea of more, better, greater. So gullible to the lie.
“In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:5-6
And the lie is everywhere. “You are not great, and what you have and who you are is not enough. And God is holding out on you.” Continue reading “be great”
“Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field exhausted. He said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, because I’m exhausted.” … Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look,” said Esau, “I’m about to die, so what good is a birthright to me?”… So he swore to Jacob and sold his birthright to him.” – Genesis 25:29-32
Esau was hungry, so he traded away the blessing. He would have received twice the inheritance as his younger brother, but he gave it away for a temporary pleasure.
What do we trade away? Continue reading “don’t be a trader”
“So He was not able to do any miracles there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He was amazed at their unbelief.” – Mark 6:5
And I marvel at the power of unbelief, to be able to hinder the miracles of God. To my knowledge, scripture mentions nothing else that causes God to be “not able”. Continue reading “uncovering our unbelief”
So, full-time has gone to part-time and I find myself in a familiar place of needing God to part a sea. Or at least open a door. It’s a good place to be. Stretching, in a sometimes-I-think-I-might-throw-up kind of way, but good. Forces you to figure out what you really believe about God. To pass the time, I’ve been reading.
“When the water in the skin was gone, she [Hagar] left the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down nearby, about a bow shot away, for she said, “I can’t bear to watch the boy die!” So as she sat nearby, shewept loudly.”
“Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.” – Genesis 21:15-19
In the dry places, absent of what is needed, God provides. He may need to open our eyes to see it, but His provision is there.
Continue reading “the One who sees me”
There were over 4500 people in the room. Plus me. I didn’t know anyone there except Jesus. That was my plan – drive two hours to be alone with Him in a crowd. Kari Jobe led worship and Christine Caine brought the word and all of that was very enticing, but really, I was there to meet with Jesus. It’s true, I could have met with Him anywhere, without even leaving my house. But sometimes, there’s just something about the going to Him that matters to me. It was the shaking off the heaviness, getting up and going that I needed. Continue reading “in the shadow of God”