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When God Cleans You With Steel Wool

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Last week was rough. The following is a snapshot into my journal last Tuesday.


“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness,
let the bones that You have broken rejoice.”
-Psalm 51:7-8

Sometimes it feels like God is cleaning me with steel wool instead of the cotton washcloths I prefer.

As I write this, my heart aches. I’m crying and hurting. I feel broken by longings and unsaid words and independent realities and the delay of good dreams. 

“I know, O Lord, that Your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. Let Your steadfast love comfort me according to Your promise to Your servant. Let Your mercy come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight.” -Psalm 119:75-77

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Freedom from our Fears – Writing on The Gospel Coalition

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I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my heart about fear on The Gospel Coalition, but what I’m most thankful for is God’s timing.

He knew the moment TGC published this article would be the exact moment I needed to be reminded of the glorious truths of our Fear Fighter. I need this reality more than anything.

It is my prayer that through these words your heart would be energized by the love of the One who casts out every anxiety our mind could strum up.

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When God is our Father…

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“When God is our Holy Father, sovereignty, holiness, omniscience, and immutability do not terrify us; they leave us full of awe and gratitude.

“Sovereignty is only tyrannical if it is unbounded by goodness; holiness is only terrifying if it is untempered by grace; omniscience is only taunting if it is unaccompanied by mercy; and immutability is only torturous if there is no guarantee of goodwill.”

-Ravi Zacharias

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Okay, Oswald, Okay

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God can never make us wine if we object to the fingers He uses to crush us with.

If God would only use His own fingers, and make me broken bread and poured-out wine in a special way! But when He uses someone whom we dislike, or some set of circumstances to which we said we would never submit, and makes those the crushers, we object.

-Oswald Chambers

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Equipping the Church to Lead

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Y’all, check out the new RTM Magazine!

I’m so excited about the contents of this issue! It includes stories from two of my best friends (check out their personal blogs here: H and M [not the store]) as well as articles on defining pastoral leadership and leading in an anti-authority age, and I share five things I want to tell my mission trip leaders. I love this edition and we hope it encourages and strengthens you!

I love that this is my job and I would love to hear what you think about this mag, so check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

(And did I mention it’s interactive and free? It is.)

 

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Monday Morning Munch No. 124 – For Your Reading Pleasure

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It’s been a little while since we did a smorgasbord blog (check out previous ones here, here and here) so let’s share some link love and get some mutual edification up in this place.

“Sell everything and buy wisdom.” -Proverbs 4:5, MSG
“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
“Knowledge without humility is vanity.” – A.W. Tozer

6 Costs of Real Friendships by Jen Thorn

This. All of it (especially No. 3 and 4). Straight to my heart. Check out a snippet:

Everyone has a dark side. Sin is the great equalizer and our common enemy. Friendship is designed, among other things, for growth in godliness. This means friends help each other identify and fight sin (Eccl. 4:9–12). Doing this requires you knowing their heart and them knowing yours. There must be a willingness to open up our lives and hearts and to let others in. We need to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Intimacy must be a part of friendship, and it must go both ways.

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Do you judge by appearances?

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Do you judge by appearances?

I’m not talking about sizing up a person based on what they’re wearing or what their hair, face or skin looks like, although that can be included. I’m talking about judging your circumstances based on what you see. 

On Sunday, my pastor/boss/second dad preached a stellar message on this and you (yes, you) need to read/listen to/watch it. You can do all of that here. In the meantime, read his introduction below. I promise there is something in there for you.

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Sensitivity + Contentment = My Words for 2014

IMG_2862There are lots of areas in which I would like to grow this year (discipline, listening, humility and more), but the two areas God has laid on my heart the heaviest are being sensitive to Him and being content in whatever situation, location or season of life He has me.

You can read my definitions for the two words above, along with my verse for the year (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Who knows, maybe it will encourage you and we can help each other stay focused on what who really matters this year.

May 2014 be a monumental year for us in our walk with the Lord and may He be glorified and honored in our hearts and lives more than ever before.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 69 – Why is it that some Christians…?

My sweet friend Betty (check out her awesome blog here) posted this quote from my old friend (in my heart) Charles Spurgeon and I’ve been thinking about it ever since:

 

“Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .” -Charles Spurgeon

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Monday Morning Munch No. 66 – One Question

Do you believe that all the blessings you need are in Christ?

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My pastor posed this question to our church yesterday, and now I pose it to you (and myself once again).

Do you really believe that all the blessings you need are in Christ?

If so, why are you looking to that person for approval, validation, value and acceptance?

Why do you think that job is going to balance some internal off-kilter thirst for satisfaction?

Why do you think that paycheck or purchase will make you happy?

Why do you live like your performance dictates your worth?

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