Growing up in the Arizona desert, rain can come to feel like just as exciting of a phenomenon as snow on Christmas Day.
Things aren't much different here in Texas.
When it rain we immediately have to drive 10mph on roads where the normal speed limit is 65mph. We take videos, don't leave our houses, and will use it as an excuse to not go to the grocery store, run errands, or skip church.
You think I'm kidding...
Nevertheless rain is not something we can go without. Not even in Texas or Arizona.
And I am pretty pumped that the Lord says He is gonna come back and make this world perfect again like it originally was in the garden.
I mean, I'm excited for Jesus to come back and all, but I might also be equally as excited to be able to pet whatever animal I want, climb whatever mountain I want (without getting out of breath), and do whatever other extreme sports I want that I'm currently terrified of.
Before I went to Haiti back in May, a comment was made to me. In so many words, this person said, "I'm sure it's good you're going and all - it's good to help others - but are y'all even really making progress down there?" This person - like many others - had a bit of a hopeless mentality about Haiti. They knew about the storms and earthquakes that have ravaged the nation. They knew the poverty that existed in the nation.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, He’s offering each of us the same thing. He’s offering us Himself. The one true never ending well of goodness, love, grace, and peace. The only one who can satisfy all our hearts long for. Through Jesus, we get to have a relationship with Him.
Tonight’s post is about where He is when the storms come. And I have good news, it’s often in the storms that He fills us up with all His goodness the most. Hang on. Lean in. Be still. And be filled up. (Link in bio)
Growing up in Arizona and now living in Texas, rain is far more exciting for me than it is most people. And while summer time rain often brings with it damaging winds and flooding, even in places like Arizona and Texas, we still need the water. The funny thing is, the same is true for the storms we walk through in our lives.
The storms we walk through in our lives may bring strong winds and wreck havoc on the security we cling to, but the truth is, we still need the water.
What is the water? How do we let ourselves be refilled even in the midst of chaos? New post tomorrow - check it out to find out.
When it rains, it may pour, but He still wants to refill us.
He is good and He can be trusted. Even with the unexpected and hard things. We weren’t made for this broken world but He is still in the business of redeeming it.
If you haven’t already I hope y’all will check out my friend’s ministry at @breakthemoldministries. They shared a little about my recent book and are doing some awesome work encouraging women to be who they were made to be in Christ. .
If you have read this short little devo I’d greatly appreciate a review on Amazon so it can reach more people!! (Link in bio) #castyourcaresbook
These people in this show were CRAZY talented. And we got to sit SO CLOSE to them — Thankful for a fun night with a good friend watching gifted people use their talents to tell a story we all know so well that is filled with truths that point to the even greater story that we are all living in.
“Every overnight success I have had has taken a minimum of 20 years.” @christinecaine
Before Paul became the apostle, leader, and influencer he came to be, he spent years studying the scriptures and then again years spending time with Jesus. And before Jesus set out to defeat sin and death and tell us who He was, He spent years humbling himself, loving others, and learning from his Father - 30 years to be exact.
We live in a culture that prides itself on instant gratification and success. But more often than not, God wants to take His time working on our hearts before He takes us to the top of the Areopagus. Because He knows that when we get there, if worldly success is our goal, we will surely be dissatisfied. It’s only when we realize that true success is found in obedience, that we are truly satisfied.
Paul spent a lot of time preaching. But he was also an eager learner. He was a learner of people, and culture. And most importantly a learner of Christ.
What I’m learning is that God doesn’t want us to have hearts that strive to achieve. He wants us to have hearts that are eager to receive. Eager to receive His calling and His teaching. His peace and His preaching. And to set aside our pride and selfish dreaming. And I’m learning that it’s a much better way. #abetterway #instablog
When you and your best friend try and go to the lake but they say it’s too windy, you do the only other thing there is to do on a hot summer afternoon - get Andy’s. @andysfrozencustard ❤️
Just some of my favorite quotes from @bobgoff’s new book:
“Arguments won’t change people. Simply giving away kindness wont either. Only Jesus has the power to change people, and it will be harder for them to see Jesus if their view of Him is blocked by our big opinions.”
“God didn’t give us neighbors to be our projects; He surrounded us with them to be our teachers.”
“When joy is a habit, love is a reflex.”
“I’ve misunderstood going slow as lacking enthusiasm and going fast as not. I’ve confused patience as lack of will and activity as purpose.”
“Loving people the way Jesus did means being constantly misunderstood. People who are becoming love don’t care. They will do whatever it takes to reach whoever is hurting.”
“There is no love without justice, but there is no justice without love.”
“Do you want to do something amazing for God? Trade the appearance of being close to God for the power of actually being close to God. Quit talking a big game and go live a big faith.”
I could go on... but I’ll let you read the rest. @bobgoff’s book Love Does was one of the books the Lord used to draw me into a relationship with Him. I had known God but never understood that this God of love, loved me and wanted to do this crazy life with me. In Everybody Always I’m convicted of just how much I’ve over complicated the gospel yet again. The truth is, it’s not at all about what I do or what that other person is doing. It’s about the person He is making us into. The person that looks more like Him in our own unique and beautiful ways. Simple, and yet complex. But at the center, love remains. #EverybodyAlways (if all of this sounds crazy to you — message me, I’d love to chat).
This basically sums up our Father’s Day 😂 — Thankful for the wisdom this man has imparted to us and the laughs he always provides.
So crazy to sing about His Grace in a nation where many have not experienced it and in an ancient theater where thousands of years ago many more were murdered for sport for proclaiming it. Convicted of just how much I take for granted the beautiful freedom I have to proclaim His name and wonder if those early Christians proclaimed His name more often and with more joy and confidence while they were persecuted than I do now in my freedom. How grateful I am that the message of the gospel has prevailed through all persecution so that I would be able to hear it. So that I might be able to hear the sound of His amazing grace. So that I no longer am blind to my own depravity and his wreckless love for me. So that now, I see. Praying those of you who watch and read this might come to see it too. #howsweetthesound
Beyond thankful to have had the opportunity to travel with this one and learn more about the scriptures that our God has given us that are consistently enduring the test of time. Looking forward to sharing more about all the Lord taught us. Also thankful for people who use their gifts to make beautiful things like these amazing rugs.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.”
1 Corinthians 3:10-13 NIV
This Acropolis once contained thousands and thousands of beautifully handmade idols and gods. Today, while these magnificent marble columns have been resurrected, we know, that that is all they are - marble columns. Incredibly humbled as I’ve seen the amazing work of the Ancient Greek people and yet saddened by how much of their work was done in vain. Paul came to a place just below the Acropolis and shared with them about the one true God. But many were so caught up in philosophizing, and talking about the newest ideas, and worshipping the beauty their own hands created, that they did not receive his message.
Convicted by how easily this could be true of us today. Will we worship our own work and build up our own kingdoms made of gold and silver and white picket fences? Or will we press on, living for the heavenly kingdom, and partnering with God as His co-worker, to live a life that will make an eternal impact - not just a temporary worldly one? The choice is ours. But Jesus didn’t come and die for us just so that we could be saved. He came and died for us because He wanted to set us free and make our lives count. What are we living for?
I seriously don’t know how they moved these things... 😂
But in all seriousness, amazed today as we were reminded of the Lord’s sovereignty in how He used the Greeks and Alexander the Great to provide a common language for the known world at that time, and in turn, a common language for the Bible. AND how He then used the Romans to build the roads and pathways by which Paul then used to carry the message of the gospel. God is crazy cool.