Finding God in the Ruins – A New Journey Begins

Psalm 121 FTI
I saw this video and wept. Maybe because the song is so beautiful.

Maybe because the sentiment is so honest and timely for me to hear since my own recent diagnosis of cancer.

Breast cancer.

It’s hard for me to type those words much less admit that this is really happening to me.

But it is.

And so begins a new journey for me, one I hope I will be able to walk through with grace so that God is glorified in the process.

At the moment, all I see is a body broken, the life I once knew crumbling around me. But I know there’s more to the story, that God has a plan to redeem this pain; and I pray a better me will emerge after finding Him in the ruins.

What Everyone Really Wants For Christmas

So if you’re trying to hold on to the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the maddening frenzy of to-do-lists and unmanageable expectations created by the holiday marketing machine, read this.

I think Kristen’s wake-up-call is a call for all of us to rediscover that what we’re really longing for is less stuff and more Jesus.

The good news is that, no matter what is happening around us, it is still possible to pause and quiet our souls to hear the still, small Voice within us: A Voice that breaks through the chaos of our world and whispers peace.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

We end our quest for more stuff to fill the void in us when we recognize there is no substitute for the Great Gift He’s already given us. 

Do you believe?

FTI Christmas 2015May Jesus be the Gift that fills your heart with overflowing joy this Christmas!

Something Worth Celebrating!

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakuk 2:14

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakuk 2:14

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Read, listen, and share during the #BibleCelebration today at noon!

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Let’s get the WORD out!

Is There Hope For America?

Chasing American LegendsIf we return to God and to the principles based on His Word that once made us a great nation, then yes, I believe there is hope for America!

Especially when I hear about people like Rick Green and the things he and his family are doing. I recently learned about their work through a series on the NRB network called Chasing American Legends. You can see a video promo below.

Rick, a former state representative for Texas, created a program to teach and equip young people to be world changers. Check out the Patriot Academy website and take time to watch the video on the homepage!

He also wrote this insightful article that speaks to the issues we are seeing today and gives advice on what we can do to help turn things around.

I pray that veterans will be encouraged to see that the country they fought to defend is still full of people who have a great desire to preserve freedom and pass that torch on to the next generation.

Be Kind To Yourself

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

I can’t remember where I first heard the phrase, “Hurting people hurt people.” But I know it’s true because I’ve been on both sides. The hurt-er and the hurt-ee. And judging by the level of hostility and violence in the world, I think there’s a whole lot of other hurting people out there too.

But things could be different. We could stop treating ourselves as our own worst enemy and start believing that the God who made us really and truly loves us.

We could listen as Andrew Peterson sings this song he wrote for his daughter and hear the voice of our Heavenly Father singing over us, assuring us of His love, comforting us in our weakness and healing our wounded hearts.

Lord, help us accept Your kindness so that we can learn to be kind to ourselves and in so doing extend that kindness to others along the way.