“And release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” ~Hebrews 2:15

Hard to breath? Bogged with discontent? Anxiously thinking, what’s next? Wonder what life would be, if? You can leave. Your heart, mind, soul, strength—call it all the above—can go free of all this junk. You’ve been released, if you care to be. From a prison you do not see. From bondage beyond your lungs. From voicesContinue reading ““And release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” ~Hebrews 2:15″

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.” ~Luke 4:18

There’s not a heart beating that isn’t broken. No man ever created a vaccine for self-righteousness, no cure for greed, violence, or envy. Men help a heart live a day longer but who can heal a spirit that’s broken?  The One whom God sent. The Son whom God loved—humbled Himself unto death. Not for HisContinue reading ““He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted.” ~Luke 4:18″

“Nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:5 

Regardless of what appears obvious to our weary eyes, we do well to obey the abundant word of God. What the Lord has planned today will astonish, bring us to the knees of our King, our eyes ever changed by what we see. Obedience is not only the radical, the heroic move across the sea.Continue reading ““Nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” Luke 5:5 “

“She brought forth her firstborn son.” ~Luke 2:7 (Grace for Mother’s Day)

Yesterday I spent hours writing, reflecting on the birth of my firstborn daughter. She was two weeks late. I gave up on her ever leaving my aching middle. She’s 40 now and the ache never went away—because when children are given to us all our brokenness comes to the surface. We knew it right away,Continue reading ““She brought forth her firstborn son.” ~Luke 2:7 (Grace for Mother’s Day)”

“No room for them in the inn.” ~Luke 2:7

This fascinates me. There was no room for Jesus on earth. God, who literally made heaven and earth had no place to lay His own head.  Why didn’t God land here in glory? Wouldn’t the world be more inclined to believe Jesus if He had come like Michael Jordan or Fred Rogers? His brothers whined about the veryContinue reading ““No room for them in the inn.” ~Luke 2:7″

“Of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:33 

It can seem there be no end to our losses. From our very birth we lose the nourishment, protection, warmth of a mother’s womb. Looking back in the wake of life a steady stream of endings follow. Friendships, security, trust, dreams, hopes, the very lives of the people we’ve loved so dearly. All these lossesContinue reading ““Of His kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:33 “

“My peace I give to you.” ~John 14:27

Do you know Peace? Not like peace and quiet. Not the peace we get when the house is clean, work is through, kids go to school. I’m not talking about when wars end and peace is declared. Not the peace we ordinarily think—the peace that sinks where no man can reach. Jesus is peace like sunContinue reading ““My peace I give to you.” ~John 14:27″

“I called upon the name of the Lord.” ~Psalm 116:4

Like king David, our soul has serious enemies.  The pangs of death surround us. In our darkest hours—even lay hold of us. Trouble and sorrow pursue like ravenous wolves. Yet, when our cries arrive in the ears of our Lord our soul’s enemies run in fear. Has death left? Did trouble and sorrow cease? NotContinue reading ““I called upon the name of the Lord.” ~Psalm 116:4”

“…according to our law…” ~John 19:7

The Pharisees came up with laws of their own. What they believed God would want. Have you ever done that? Changed the rules of trust to justify talking behind someone’s back? Rearranged the wording on generosity to build bigger barns? Made exceptions for yourself and condemned another for the very same thing? Raised your expectationsContinue reading ““…according to our law…” ~John 19:7”

“Loose him and let him go.” ~John 11:44

My shoulders let go reading it this morning. Already the day barging in, binding me hand & foot. Freedom like this need never be missed. The voice of the Lord calling to us, the ones He loves. For He Himself is our peace, strength, our defense, our exceedingly great reward. By the power of HisContinue reading ““Loose him and let him go.” ~John 11:44″