Sunday, April 19, 2015

Soon! (We wait all year for this)

The Weeping Cherry will bloom tomorrow or the next day. We wait all year for these beautiful blossoms to emerge.

I see rain in the forecast, but I won't focus on this. Right now, in this moment, we have the hope of blossoms coming soon. And the hope is just as beautiful!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

5 More Great Verbs in Scripture

I'm reading in 1 Peter 5, and I note with such comfort verse 7: "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." When I read the verb "cast" in Greek, I learn that it's an urgent throwing, a sort of flinging away of something you don't care about anymore.

I urgently fling every worry I have right to God.

Then, I continue to read something so beautiful. In verse 10, I learn that God, "who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." I sit with each verb for a while, and I learn that restore means to completely repair what is broken in you. I learn how confirm means to stabilize what is unstable. I think about God strengthening what is weak within me and establishing a firm foundation beneath my life.

What must I cast away this morning? What do I offer for restoration, stabilization, strengthening, and establishing? What a healing and attentive God we serve and love!

Friday, April 17, 2015

See What Happens

You sit down with nothing but millions of words available to you in millions of combinations. 

Lace a few together. See what happens. Use words that crackle or fizz, that soothe or jolt.

See what happens. 

Something will happen.