Lent, Prayer

A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

It’s the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. As I let the weight of this season settle on me, I return to the words of this Psalm. And so it’s all I have today. With my filthy hands, my muddy heart, I hold out these words to you. Have mercy on me, O God, according…

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Lent

Ashes To Ashes

I sit in the back row, beneath the balcony where it’s always darker than the rest of the sanctuary. The church is full, but I  feel alone. Solitude, a welcome comfort at the end of a day run wild with kids and school work, and all of the other things that rise up demanding attention between dawn and…

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Guest posting, Lent

More About Beautiful Confessions

God continues to teach me about beautiful confessions. Ever since I wrote that book, I can’t seem to stop confessing hard, ugly things. I can’t stop writing about it either. Learning to embrace confession before God has changed me–it is changing me still. Confrontation with personal sin can feel like a sudden exile into the…

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Guest posting, Lent

Redemption Songs [Reflections on Lent]

This post may contain affiliate links. Thanks for helping me keep the lights on here on the blog! I’ve wrestled hard through Lent to find redemption. I’ve scratched and fought my way to the foot of the cross, bleeding all the way. It’s been 3 years since that memorable dip into His crucible. I find…

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Art, Worship

On Visions And Provision

God is teaching me about visions and provision. Last May when I re-launched this website and told you I was going to host a retreat, you overwhelmed me with your support. A lot has happened since then. YOU walked with me. YOU prayed with and for me. The retreat sold out.(Praise Jesus) We’re 29 days…

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Lent, Music

Lent To Maundy Thursday (Music For You)

Music always plays a huge part in my private worship. I often listen to music during my times with God either at the beginning, to help me focus, or at the end of my time with Him, as a way to go forth with joy. One of my favorite bands to include during this time…

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Books

Because I Still Want Your Approval

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for helping me keep the lights on here on the blog. I like to think I’m beyond it, this ugly need to have your approval. I’ve written about it. I’ve been real about it, and sometimes I believe for a few days that I’ve finally beaten it. The truth…

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Books, writing

A Special Announcement, An Invitation And A Giveaway

This post contains affiliate links. Clicking through them costs you nothing more, but helps keeps the lights on here on the blog. Gratzi! …in order to grow, we must say yes to God—yes to admitting our weakness, and yes to confessing that we need His strength. The refining process becomes significantly more effective when we stop…

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BibleDude

It’s Holy week, and as I think on the crucifixion, on the sacrifice of Jesus, I am reminded through stories like this one that I share today, of just who I am, and who Jesus really is. Humbling–that’s the only word for it. His love levels me.   .  Sitting there, in the comfort of…

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Books, Faith, Lent

I know I told you I was on a little blogging sabbatical, and mostly, I still am. But for the last 8 days I haven’t been able to write one single coherent thought, and today, the ground is breaking a bit. The words are swirling, but more than that, I have felt in no real…

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