Grace for the road

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The life you’re walking into … it was never meant to be second best, like a waiting room until you get the things you really want. It was meant to be the story that brings you the most joy, sets you up to know God the best. God rigged it that way, not because He doesn’t love you … but because He does.   ***** I wouldn’t have called myself boy crazy… Read More

Worry doesn’t work. Because just like we can’t anticipate what we really need, we also can’t anticipate the lavish grace that will meet us there. Where’s it going to come from? The question hung in the humid air of the screened-in porch as I sat there, knees pulled tightly to my chest. Steam poured from my cup of tea, all sluggish and slow. Letting it out of that mug into the heavy… Read More

Sometimes we need to stop, take a good, long look over our shoulder and remember who He’s been … and how that shapes where we’re headed. The wind rushed around the sleeper train, kicking up dust on both sides of the tracks. I had a good view of the unnatural dust storm from where I lay on the third bunk, up in the nosebleed section. My feet dangled off the end of… Read More

(Traveling has been a good time to reflect on what God’s been teaching over the past couple of years. Here’s one such word.) I lay there in a tangle of sheets, emotions tangling around my heart. I could’ve never seen that coming. Why? Why that? Why something so painful? Why something so close to my heart? I shoved my swollen eyes back into the pillow. Out the boat’s bedroom window, the land… Read More