There is a time to grieve. Even Jesus took time to pause and actually feel the loss of a friend. He knew full well that He possessed the ability to raise Lazarus from the dead, but still, He stops – and He weeps. He feels.

There is a time to grieve. Even Jesus took time to pause and actually feel the loss of a friend. He knew full well that He possessed the ability to raise Lazarus from the dead, but still, He stops – and He weeps. He feels.

Weeping may last through the night,     but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11

No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11

Grace speaks the truth we cannot see by looking at our past

Grace speaks the truth we cannot see by looking at our past

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

My body cannot physically transform unless I am intentional about the movement it makes. As in life, where I’m at right now cannot transform unless I get up and start moving, take some chances, dream some dreams… and try and try again. Be intentional. Start moving. You are not a tree!

My body cannot physically transform unless I am intentional about the movement it makes. As in life, where I’m at right now cannot transform unless I get up and start moving, take some chances, dream some dreams… and try and try again. Be intentional. Start moving. You are not a tree!

What does it mean to be authentic?  We are living in a culture where everyone is looking for something or trying to be someone ‘unique’. We throw the word around a lot, accuse people of not being it and praise others for showing us how it’s done. It gets quite confusing to me, because what I predominantly see is a whole bunch of people trying to be their own version of original by copying someone else’s version of original.

What does it mean to be authentic? We are living in a culture where everyone is looking for something or trying to be someone ‘unique’. We throw the word around a lot, accuse people of not being it and praise others for showing us how it’s done. It gets quite confusing to me, because what I predominantly see is a whole bunch of people trying to be their own version of original by copying someone else’s version of original.

There are diamonds and pearls sitting all around you, but you only receive the one. Going to small group, slotting into community, serving in my church was how I started to build up my own little treasure chest of gems. I no longer spent my week holding on to one little ruby, I had an entire chest full of jewels and I could access them any time.

There are diamonds and pearls sitting all around you, but you only receive the one. Going to small group, slotting into community, serving in my church was how I started to build up my own little treasure chest of gems. I no longer spent my week holding on to one little ruby, I had an entire chest full of jewels and I could access them any time.

I really want to encourage you – if you’ve written church off or if you feel excluded or offended by the community around you, please don’t give up. Community is so important. The three years out of church vs the three years in church are like day and night. Where my growth was slow on my own, once I embraced all of the church, an explosion of growth happened – not to sound too dramatic.

I really want to encourage you – if you’ve written church off or if you feel excluded or offended by the community around you, please don’t give up. Community is so important. The three years out of church vs the three years in church are like day and night. Where my growth was slow on my own, once I embraced all of the church, an explosion of growth happened – not to sound too dramatic.


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