*right now* God is being faithful

At the beginning of this year I did that thing where you choose a word to define or guide your year. I chose the word “deeper.” Which has been lovely and painful all at the same time. Because to go deeper means more of me has to be shed. And my natural, fleshly side doesn’t really like that. It likes the word “mine” a lot.

The other day I was listening to a sermon or reading a book or something (it all runs together most days) and I realized that, yes, I did and do want to go deeper. But more than that, God wants to cut deeper into my heart. And that’s what He’s been faithfully doing. Thank you, Jesus (mostly).



It’s such a #firstworldproblem but our family is still physically displaced. All of our worldly possessions are packed onto a 48′ trailer while we’ve been living at my mom’s. Bless her heart. After a few delays with the closing of our old house, we’re now looking to close on the 30th. Lord willing. Please, Lord will. And even though on the surface it looks like we’ve been victims of a series of mishaps, God has truly, deeply, pressed it upon me that even this frustrating inconvenience has been ordained by Him. Even this.


“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31


I say it a lot but, our theology is meant to affect our today. It’s meant to affect our responses to life — from the really big, devastating circumstances (which I’ve definitely walked through) to the small seemingly pointless irritations. Because if God is truly sovereign and in control, then we can meet life’s unexpected delays with restful hearts, knowing that even this went through His hands. I just believe that — because He says it in His Word and has proven it in my life. And by the grace of God, that truth affects my day. It marks my heart with peace. Because my God’s a good good Daddy-God. And He’s actively caring for me and my family right now.

The other night I picked up AW Tozer’s The Pursuit of Man from my mom’s bookshelf and something he said from the first chapter struck me. Forgive the length but it’s too good to shorten, “Our trouble is that we think of ourselves as being alone. Let us correct the error by thinking of ourselves as standing by the bank of a full flowing river; then let us think of that river as being none else but God Himself. We glance to our left and see the river coming full-out of our past; we look to the right and see it flowing on into our future. But we see also that it is flowing through our present. And in our today it is the same as it was in our yesterday, not less than, nor different from, but the very same river, one unbroken continuum, undiminished, active and strong as it moves sovereignly on into our tomorrow.”

Right now, no matter what you or I face, whether big and debilitating or small and irritating, God remains undiminished, active and strong as He moves us sovereignly into our tomorrow. That’s meant to affect us. Some days, some seasons, it’s a continual wrestling of the heart back to that place of truth. But it’s truth, none the less. And it’ll lift a discouraged soul.

So that’s me. From the world’s perspective, displaced and inconvenienced. But from an eternal perspective, resting in the sovereign care of my good God — Him cutting more deeply into my heart. Here’s to another week with Him. Press in and on, sweet friends.

Fill me, Lord…

How does that truth of God affect you in your current circumstances?

Also, DON’T FORGET, I’m hosting my Advent study Then Came Jesus here on my blog beginning November 30th, a week from today! CLICK HERE for more information. Are you joining me?


Truths to Remember when Facing Unknowns {Giveaway Winner}

Hi, sweet people. I’m doing a quick, bullet-note-type post today because we’re moving this week and I can barely find my head. Amen. Hallelujah.



First, the winner of the Anchor of Hope giveaway is…dun-dun-dunnnnn… Sarah (aka girlgrowsup…you know who you are). You’re a winner! Today and always. I’ll be in touch via email.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out Anchor of Hope, then I want to encourage you to click over and see what they are all about. Thanks, Anchor of Hope, for the giveaway!



Just a reminder that I’ll be walking through my 4-week Advent study, Then Came Jesus, here on the blog beginning November 30th. Click here to find out more about, or to order your copy of, the study. I’m really looking forward to a purposeful Advent season again this year.


Truths when unknowns




Our family hit a delay with our house closing (#firstworldproblems) and I thought I would pass along some bullet-point truths that God has been graciously speaking to me. Because we all have stuff going on. And we all need courage for the unknowns.


  • Everything is small to God. Some things feel big to us. Some things are big. And impossible. And unbelievable. And painful. But everything is small to God. He’s the One that spoke worlds into existence out of nothing, people. Nothing. There is nothing big or hard for Him. And if He doesn’t do things in the way or in the timing we expect, it isn’t because He can’t. It’s because He’s actively being good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28), sometimes in ways we cannot even see or comprehend.

  • Problems = Opportunities for God to show Himself mighty. This is something our pastor said a couple of weeks ago. And when our (first world) problem arose, it’s the phrase that came to my mind. “Lord, this is an opportunity for You to show Yourself mighty. I trust You. Give me eyes to see You in these unknowns.”

  • Supernatural faith is different from mental faith. Often times faith begins mentally, especially when faced with challenges or difficulties. We preach truth to ourselves and remind our hearts of God’s character and promises. And that’s an important place to start. It’s a commanded place to begin. But when supernatural faith falls on us as we have leaned into our Daddy God, peace guards our heart. And it’s different from mental faith. It’s deeper. And a gift from Him. Press in, friend. Keep pressing in.


That’s all I got this Monday. Now I need to go find the extra toilet paper. I know I packed it somewhere.

Fill me, Lord…

What’s going on with you? Are you joining me for the Advent study?

Join me this Advent? {and a GIVEAWAY!}

It’s November, people. November. And being that I am the greatest procrastinator last-minute-doer-of-all-things, it’s miraculous I’m even writing this post. But I really want you to join me this Advent season so, alas, I’m planning ahead. Below are two things I wanted to tell you about before the hustle and bustle gets underway. And then, the giveaway!


1 :: Then Came Jesus Starting November 30th!


Last year I released my Advent Bible study Then Came Jesus and I’m excited to host the study again this year on my blog. Starting November 30th we’ll walk together into Christmas day looking into the life and face and work of our Lord Jesus.


then came Jesus paperback


As I say in the introduction of the study,


The actual writing of this study became a sweet time with the Lord. It was as if I went on a long walk with Jesus. I pray that as you go through the study, you feel the same way. I pray that the Father graces you with fresh eyes to see His extravagant love through the person and work of the long-awaited Christ.


What does “host the study on my blog” mean? It means that you and I and anyone else who wants to join us will individually go through the study on our own, starting on the same day. It also means that I will post weekly encouragement and reminders on my blog — hoping you will join the conversation in the comments section.

Why am I already telling you about it? Because if you want a paperback copy of the study before we begin, you will probably want to go ahead and order. Because. Self-publishing. Print. On. Demand. Takes. A. Long. Time. To. Ship. Blah.

The study is available in paperback (mentioned above) or as a PDF (which you could print and bind on your own) or in Kindle format.

CLICK HERE for more information or to order the study. And then stay tuned. I’ll talk more about this the closer we get to December. Tis the season!

The second thing I want to make sure you know about…


2 :: Anchor of Hope Subscription Box


A sweet (local, in-real-life) friend of mine recently launched a “subscription box” called Anchor of Hope. Having personal ties with World Relief, she has organized local refugee artisans to create a variety of beautiful pieces of art from jewelry to household goods to accessories that she then ships out each month. I’m so proud of her.

anchor of hope

If you want to purchase a meaningful, empowering, fair-trade gift to give (or keep) this Christmas, then this subscription box would be an excellent choice!


anchor of hope box


Here’s a little from the Anchor of Hope website:

Our partnership with World Relief High Point connects Anchor of Hope to these beautiful souls that have left devastating circumstances and war-torn countries for a chance of freedom in a foreign and strange land. They could use our support to help provide for their families as they heal from the poverty and injustices that afflicted their lives before now. Join with us in this exciting adventure as we empower these artisans and give them the opportunity to overcome.


3 :: Now for the GIVEAWAY


To get you even more excited about Anchor of Hope, they are graciously giving away an item from last month’s subscription box: a set of nesting, gold accented, jewelry dishes. Check these out!


nesting dishes


Here’s a little about the artisan who crafted these beautiful bowls:


Nadine is a mom of four who arrived in America in July as a refugee from the Congo. She feels blessed with the opportunities she has in the United States, including the opportunity to learn English and attend classes at a community college. Plus her children LOVE going to school — a privilege they didn’t have for quite some time. And though she (and other refugee families) consider these things as gifts to their families, the changes are difficult.
Imagine arriving in a new country, one where you don’t speak the language. You are placed in a low-income apartment and are given a small stipend that will last you no longer than 3 months. Organizations like World Relief and Anchor of Hope step in and help support these families.


Anchor of Hope gives artisans like Nadine an opportunity to express their creative giftings, while giving us the opportunity to support them.

One winner will be chosen to receive these gorgeous bowls crafted by precious hands. To enter, simply share this post on your social media outlets and comment below telling me that you did so.

The deadline for entry is this Friday, November 6th. And the winner will be announced on Monday, November 9th here on my blog.

Wow, that was a mouthful. Thanks for staying with me. Now let’s go live Monday on purpose!



  • Then Came Jesus beginning November 30th here on my blog
  • Anchor of Hope Subscription Box
  • GIVEAWAY — share this post and comment below by Friday, November 6th