“I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.”
—Psalm 119:75 (NIV)

The events surrounding the shootings in Colorado and some other things recently have reminded me how this world is not how God intended things to be. While I’m sure that is no great surprise, sometimes I can get in a rut where I’m so focused on things that my awareness of the world’s brokeness dissipates. Sometimes I simply have to take a step back and realize where I’m operating.

One of those “other things” is that my cousin’s husband may loose an eye due to an accident a few weeks ago. That rocked my world. Yet when I talked with him I was overwhelmed by how he had handed it over to God. Faithfulness through affliction is what we are all called to. When I encounter those who are in the midst of pain or sorrow and I see their strength, it humbles yet inspires me.

Sometimes my only comfort at times in knowing God is surrounding me, and so I must prove strong and hopeful in my faith and perseverance. My most favorite Scripture comes from a reading at my grandfather’s service years ago –

“The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall i fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”
–Psalm 27:1 NIV

Often times I have to add “or what” so it reads “whom or what”, but I still find strength in those words. May you also.

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint”
–Isaiah 40:31 NIV


Losing My Astonishing

“The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore. He changes them into “nice people”.
… Mike Yaconelli

These words caught my eye this morning. I particularly like “we have lost our astonishment”. Hello! Sounds like these words were meant for me. That’s what I’ll be on the lookout for. It’s like an Easter egg hunt but even better. God has put “astonishing” all around me, but I just need to get back to looking for it. It’s out there, I’ve seen it.


Moments of Amazement

“Life is truly measured not by the number of breaths taken, but by the number not taken, the occasions when breath is stopped in amazement.”
–Halford Luccock

As I finished those words I reflected on yesterday in the life of Keith Turley and I realized I missed the occasions that took my breath away. Several moments that caught my attention…but breathtaking? The type of breathtaking that makes me stop dead in my tracks and “praise God through whom all blessings flow”? With that came the realization that it was not God’s fault but my very own.

We worship an amazing God. He is amazing because in reality there isn’t a word to describe His awesomeness. That said, any day where I can look back and not see something INCREDIBLY amazing is my fault not His. I think I was just so focused on things I wanted to see that I did not see Him. No, I know I was too focused.

When was the last time you were so in awe of God that someone or something had to snap back from the “thin place”? Where God was so incredibly close that you’re saying to yourself, “someone pinch me”? May you find those times today where God is so near, so incredible, so breathtaking. So amazing. He is nothing less.

“When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.”
–Exodus 33:22, NIV

In His grace,



“A certain man had been a faithful builder for an employer for many years. His employer decided to take a world cruise. Before leaving he left with his builder plans for an ideal house. ‘Build it according to specification, spare no necessary expense. I want this house to be a good house for a special reason.’ But the builder thought of the many years he had worked for small wages and decided to make a profit for himself, so he substituted cheap materials wherever it would not show. On his return his employer observed the house with satisfaction and said, ‘You have served me well these many years. In reward I have planned this house for you. It is yours, to own, and to live in.'”
–Walter Cowen

That little story I came across some time ago is another way to asking myself if I am treating others the way I would want to be treated? In all things am I conducting myself as if I am dealing with Him? I might actually cut corners at times for myself, but I’d do only my best for Him. I need to make sure I am doing only the best for others.

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