He is With Us in Our Longing

Psalm 139:9-18 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”  even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.  For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame … [Read more...]

Bringing Our Children to Jesus

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:15-16 ESV   Mark 10 also tells us that “he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” (Mark 10:16 ESV)   As parents and as disciples of Christ, we have the great privilege and responsibility of bringing our children to Jesus, knowing he wants them close to him. And … [Read more...]

Never Given a Stone

Psalm 119:81 ESV – “My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.” When we come to the word of God, we come to eat at a table that the Lord himself has prepared for us. He’s laid before us a never-ending feast in the pages of Scripture. It’s a table full of hope where we taste and see his goodness, and the mercy that has pursued us all our lives. We come at his invitation, by his provision, not to simply know more about the Bible, but to know the God of the Bible well, to love him well with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to obey him well in … [Read more...]

All This and Christ, Too

Romans 8:32 (ESV): “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” In his devotional Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon tells a short story of an old woman who had nothing but a bit of bread and water, but she lifted her hands in blessing and said, “What! All this, and Christ, too?” When we re-frame our circumstances in view of what God has done for us in Christ, everything changes. We have been given the very Son of God, and our hope is secure when it’s placed in the hands of a loving … [Read more...]

What My Daughter Needs to Know

Recently, I've been having a lot of conversations with friends about daughters and the common challenges that parents of girls often encounter. As I've been considering all of these discussions, four specific thoughts have surfaced about the truths my daughters need communicated to them as they continue to grow. She needs to know God's forgiveness. My daughter needs to hear the hope of the gospel, that Jesus makes her clean and redeems all that is sinful and broken in her. When I'm correcting her and calling her to repentance, she needs to hear that God's posture … [Read more...]