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We Were Meant To Live
October 4, 2007, 2:38 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?

We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than this world’s got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life”
-“Meant To Live”-Switchfoot

We Were Meant To Live

What a beautiful day it is today in Washington. The clouds are softly perched on top of the hills and are slowly covering up the snow-capped mountains. The valley is lush and alive and there is a cool breeze washing through the trees. It’s close to perfection. You can really see God’s hand in His creation, and I am wishing that I would take more time in my chaotic days to stop and notice.

I love the line in the Switchfoot song that says, “We want more then this world has to offer”.

This world is a crazy place. It’s full of confusion and a ton of mirages. I say mirages because it seems like the world throws a lot of stuff in our face that if not dissected these things would totally look pleasing to the eye. I find that most of the time I am just wandering around trying to find things that will make me “Happy”, but not necessarily satisfy me.

I want to be loved, liked, at peace, comfortable, full, replenished, and rested. I think that these things will make me happy, and therefore my life would be easier, and I would have less problems. This world offers us catch phrases like “Just Do It”, “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun”, “Be All You Can Be”, and “Obey Your Thirst”. But they are deceptions. After you are fed you will go hungry again, after you rest you will get tired again….life is a battle and is a constant barrage of choices.

Does my pleasure or wants really make me stronger? Do they really improve my life?

There has got to be something more. There truly has got to be more then this world has to offer. There has got to be something or someone that is Bigger then myself, that is unchanging and loves unconditionally.

“There is this lie floating around that says I am supposed to be able to do life alone, without any help, without stopping to worship something bigger than myself. But I actually believe there is something bigger than me, and I need for there to be something bigger than me.”-Blue Like Jazz-Donald Miller

The Bible speaks to us about protecting ourselves from what the world has to offer us….the search for topical happiness.

In Luke 9:23-25 Jesus spoke about how to daily live our lives in this world.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?

Jesus is calling us to repentance and holy living. What can this world really offer us? Money? Fame? Importance? Broken Marriages? Incompletion? Comfort? Happiness?

Happiness is such a fleeting word. It is temporary. The world is temporary. We will only be alive on this Earth for a very short time. We can have an emotional lift but eventually we will come down from that and we will still be ourselves….hut, broken, needy people. People in need of salvation. People in need of hope.

God is the only One who can satisfy our needs, and provide for our well being. The world can not fill the gaps in your depths. The world cannot add an ounce to your soul.

“Your problem is not that God is not fulfilling, your problem is that you are spoiled.”-Blue Like Jazz-Donald Miller

So the question of the day is this. “This is your life, is it who you want to be”?

Are you on the path to grace and fellowship or are you searching for things that will fade away with the sunset? Are you living a Holy life, set apart for God? Are you asking God for wisdom, direction, and purpose, or are you just asking Him to give you the things that you want? The things that you think will make you “Happy”.

You have been fearfully and wonderfully made by God. You are special, and unique and totally adored by our Heavenly Father. This means you are already loved, and your life has purpose. God is so desperate to have a RELATIONSHIP with Him. He created YOU to fall in love with Him.

God DID NOT create you to be a carpenter, fisherman, salesmen, marketing guy, musician, pastor, mechanic, doctor, or Rock Star. He created You to follow Him. Your identity is not in your occupation, failures, accolades, or friendships. Your identity is that of a Christ. You are a child of the KING!

The challenge today is to set your minds of the things of God, and to remove the stumbling blocks that interfere with the relationship with our Maker.

I have long stopped asking God to give me things that I think I want. I am done praying for a new car, or love relationship, or ideal job. Instead I really have been praying the prayer that Jesus taught us in Matthew when He said, “Our Father, which art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
in earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
But deliver us from evil.
[For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.] Amen.”

“Thy will be done”…not my will but God’s will. He is after all way smarter then me. ?

The challenge once again today is to put away the things that the world offers, and live life with God’s will in mind and His wisdom as our navigation.

Here is a final thought to ponder this afternoon.

Romans 8:5-9
“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.”

This is YOUR life…….are you who you want to be?


Jumping Off The Cliff
October 4, 2007, 2:35 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“And this is how I choose to live
As if I’m jumping off a cliff
Knowing that You’ll save me
Knowing that You’ll save me

And after all the stupid things I did
There’s nothing left there to forgive
Because You already forgave me
Yeah You already forgave me” – Relient K-“Life After Death And Taxes”

Jumping Off The Cliff

How much of your life have you given to Christ?

50%? 80%? 45%?……have you given all of it over to Him?

We sing songs in church all the time saying, “I surrender all”. But do we really ever surrender all of ourselves? Sometimes on my very best day, even with good intentions to follow God, I can only honestly say I surrender some.

I’m on my couch right now with my boots kicked up on top of my table thinking about how comfortable I am right now. Today is a generally quiet day even though it was filled with emails, phone calls, and all the normal stuff that life brings me. I am really thinking to myself right now about wanting to even be more involved with Jesus.

I have always dreamed of being a missionary, working in a monastery, traveling to a third world country to build churches and reform governments. I dream of these things sometimes cause in my whacked out mind I think that somehow these people are more dedicated to the cause of Christ then I am. I mean I after all, get to prop my feet up, and sip cranberry juice and enjoy the sunshine with no expense to myself or cost of freedom.

How much of my life am I giving over to Christ? Sure I travel on the road a LOT during the year. I serve artists, pray for friends, put my heart and energy on the line for others at awkward times of the evening, but how can I even give more over to Jesus.

It is crazy to think that we are called to leave and give up EVERYTHING to follow Jesus. It seems unorthodox but we are really called to leave family, friends, occupations, and personal goals and desires to follow Christ.

In the Bible Mark wrote in Mark 10:28-31:

“Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Yes it is true we are called to leave everything to follow Jesus. This is a scary thing. God is calling us to abandon ourselves and fall into complete trust and faith in Him. It is like jumping off the cliff, knowing that God will catch us. Wow is that a terrifying experience though.

Choosing to believe in God is one thing, but believing that He really has forgiven us of all our sins, and then stepping out with Him and rearranging our lives to make Him THE priority is jaw-dropping.

Our whole life is a set of choices like we have been talking about. Each day is a fork in the road. Do we follow Christ or do we make our own path in this world?

If this world is not the point, then we need to be preparing ourselves for a life long, eternity journey with Jesus in Heaven.

Billy Graham once preached, “Life is a glorious opportunity, if it is used to condition us for eternity. If we fail in this, though we succeed in everything else, our life will have been a failure.”

Our heart should be constantly in check, and aligned with our Maker. We should be giving up the things that the world offers us, in order to solidify and strengthen our relationship with Jesus.

Matthew 6:19-21 says,
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Is your investment in your heart or in your head? Do you go after the things of this world or do you put time, effort, and energy into your relationship with Jesus.

So here is the charge today.

Serve your friends more today.
Invest in those who bring you to the Cross. Daily!
Dive in the Bible and constantly discover who Jesus really is.
Have deep conversations and discussions about how to keep ourselves pure.
Challenge one another to grow closer to Jesus.
Confess your sins to one another.
Pray for one another.
Pray that God would break your heart with the things that break His heart.

Are you willing to forfeit your job, relationships, family, friends, desires, hopes, and dreams to follow Jesus?

Abraham wanted a son his whole life, and when he finally got what he wanted God asked him to give Isaac back to Him in the form of a sacrifice.

God wants all of you not most of you.

It is scary to jump off the cliff and into the arms of Jesus, but He is ready, able, and strong enough to not only catch you, but hold you.

You have to jump to be caught.

And to be caught is worth the fear of jumping.

“And this is how I choose to live
As if I’m jumping off a cliff
Knowing that You’ll save me”

To Be Alone With You
October 4, 2007, 2:12 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“You gave your body to the lonely
They took your clothes
You gave up a wife and a family
You gave your ghosts

To be alone
With me
To be alone
With me
To be alone with me, you went upon a tree

To be alone with me you went upon a tree
I’ve never known a man who loved me…..”
Sufjan Stevens-“To Be Alone With You”

“To Be Alone With You”

It is a quiet night tonight. The rain crashed against my window this afternoon, and made and awful racket for a while, but now all is peaceful. It’s good to be home. Two of my friends and I went away on a road trip this past weekend to Chicago. Sometimes is good to get away for a spell, but its always wonderful to come back home.

I heard a song today that shook me up. It was by an artist named Sufjan Stevens. The lyrics talk about how Jesus came down to Earth to die for the lonely and brokenhearted. He wrote, “To be alone with me You went upon a tree, I’ve never known a man who loved me”.

The thing that caused me to stop and think about this song was the idea that we are SO valuable to God. God sent His only Son to take our place on the cross. He gave up the thing that was most important to Him, so that we could be free and live in joy.

The book of Philippians explained the story best when Paul wrote,

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, ?being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, ?he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross!”

Everyone in our lives has let us down, or will soon enough. Even the best relationships, friendships, and family situations fall short of satisfaction and contentment. But Jesus would much rather give up His life…..just to be with us. What an idea!

Its like we are at a crossroads each day. We can either run towards Jesus, or walk our own path. The one to contentment and hope is the road with Christ, but if we forge our own path for our lives outside of God then we are doomed to disappointment and discontent.

God is silently and sometimes loudly fighting for us. Fighting for a chance at an open and honest relationship with us. Have you thought about your RELATIONSHIP with Jesus much, or just your earthly relationships?

God is desperate for us to fall in love with Him. He fights our battles for us, defends us, rescues us, and stumbles along side of us through life.

The only man who has really ever loved you. With a complete love. An unchanging, and unconditional love.

Writer and Musician Andy Gullahorn wrote in his song, “Never Let Me Down”, “You might let me cry, You might let me sing,You might let me feel
A fraction of Your suffering, But You won’t let me down, You never let me down”.

God is not only dependable but the only one brave enough to give up the most important things to Him, that we may have the opportunity to have a lasting relationship with Him.

This is not a one-time thing with God. He doesn’t just want a few hours of your week with Him, to fellowship, and spend time with Him. He wants your heart, your very essence. He wants your time, talent, affection, and undivided attention.

–In a letter “To Mrs. L.” C.S. Lewis wrote,
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done…”
We are to imitate Christ, and live for Him each day. Jesus gave up everything to spend time with us.

Matthew 22: 37-38 ”
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

So the question remains tonight……

Are you living a religion or a relationship? Have you given in to Jesus and allowed Him to fight for your heart? Do you realize just how much He loves you, and that He will be the One in your life that will never flake out, or leave you hanging?

God is constant and consistent. He is solid and will not allow us to be taken advantage of as long as we are giving Him control of our lives, desires, and direction.

Jesus is speaking into your heart even tonight………..wanting to be noticed, and adored.

Do you have time for Jesus?

He died just to be alone with You!

I Came To Believe
October 4, 2007, 1:12 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“And I came to believe in a power much higher than I
I came to believe that I needed help to get by
In childlike faith I gave in and gave him a try
And I came to believe in a power much higher than I

Nothing worked out when I handled it all on my own
And each time I failed it made me feel twice as alone
Then I cried, “Lord there must be a sure and easier way
For it just cannot be that a man should lose hope every day.”
-Johnny Cash “I Came To Believe”

I Came To Believe

Do you really trust God?

Do you trust that He has a plan for your life?
Do you trust that He is sufficient for all of your needs…..or do you just put your faith and confidence in Him when things are going your way?

In the course of your life and daily interactions do you REALLY believe that God is good and has your best intentions at heart, and will provide for you security, safety, stability, and meet all of your needs? Not necessarily your wants, but your NEEDS?

It feels so easy to believe in someone or something when things are going well, because it has no cost attached. It has no action point to step out on a limb of faith and walk hand in hand in total trust and confidence. There is no risk when the sun is shining in our lives.

But what about when the rain comes?
And it will come, and come again.
What then?
In the hardships of daily life do you really trust that God will hear your prayer and comfort and council you?

In John 14: 1 Jesus proclaims to us,
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

Jesus is ready and willing to meet us and accept us as we are, not as we should be. We do not have to clean ourselves up to come to Him. We just need to come, and have faith and trust that He can unpack our burdens and save us from our selves.

Matthew 6:25-27
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life”?
Is your life, like mine, filled with doubt, fear, and worrying?
Fear, instead of faith, is the biggest challenge I face each day. I forget the promises that God has made with me through the Bible, and I allow distractions, and interruptions to cloud my senses and judgments.

We have and will continue to talk about God’s faithfulness. The Psalms describe God as our Rock. He is unmovable and unshakeable and will withstand anything that the world can throw our way. He is steady. God never turns His back on His children, and never allows their burdens to be more then they can bear.

Hard times will still come, but He will never leave us or forsake us.
Billy Graham once said to defend his faith in God, “I’ve never seen the wind, I’ve seen the effects of the wind, but I’ve never seen it. There is a mystery too it”.

Because we do or do not trust in Christ does not change the fact that he is consistently in Love with us. He is always ready to rescue us from the roadside. He never sleeps, and never gets bored with us and our apathy and walks away. He is true blue, and His work is never finished with us.

The world will pollute our vision with trials, tests, failures, broken marriages, heartache, loneliness, disappointment, confusion, sin, and challenges but God is and will always be a place of rest and safety. There is safety in the shadow of His wings Psalm says.

There is great hope knowing that He is faithful when we have no faith, that He is loving when we are unloving, that He is forgiving when we do not forgive, and that He is strong when we are weak.

I believe that God loves the times in our lives when we cling to Him. We can see his promises in rainbows, healings, and sunrises, but we can also feel his presence in the rain.

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
–The Problem of Pain C.S. Lewis

Do you trust God to meet your needs today? Do you trust that He is dreaming for you, and shining a light on your path?

When we fall into total trust in God to provide for us, there will be comfort in knowing that my worth and value does not come from other people’s opinions of me. Your value is not in man’s approval, attention from girls, applause from the gallery, or a kind word from a friend.

Your value and identity is in Christ. I can not stress enough that you are a Child of the Living King. He has taken care of the birds of the air, fish in the sea, and grass in the fields, so how much more will He provide for you?
No matter how bad our lives seem at times, Jesus is ready to bring you comfort and recovery.

God has not given us any reason ever to question His judgment, power, authority, or truthfulness. It is written in the stars, sunsets, and more importantly in the goodness and hopefulness of our souls.

“Well this day’s been crazy but everything’s happened on schedule
From the rain and the cold to the drink that I spilled on my shirt
‘Cause You knew how You’d save me before I fell dead in the garden
And You knew this day long before You made me out of dirt

And You know the plan You have for me
And You can’t plan the ends and not plan the means
And so I suppose I just need some peace
To get me to sleep”-Caedmon’s Call-“Table For Two”

You Can Not Lose My Love
October 3, 2007, 4:08 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“You will lose your baby teeth.
At times, you’ll lose your faith in me.
You will lose a lot of things,
But you cannot lose my love.

You may lose your appetite,
Your guiding sense of wrong and right.
You may lose your will to fight,
But you cannot lose my love.

You will lose your confidence.
In times of trial, your common sense.
You may lose your innocence,
But you cannot lose my love.

Many things can be misplaced;
Your very memories be erased.
No matter what the time or space,
You cannot lose my love.”-You Can Not Lose My Love-Sara Groves

You Can Not Lose My Love

I am sitting in a Starbucks in Joliet, Illinois, waiting for the rain to stop, and for our next radio visit. Daniel Kirkley and I are driving around the country for the next two weeks visiting Christian radio stations, and sharing meals with them. It is fun meeting new people, and seeing old friends.

My Itunes is open right now on my laptop and a Sara Groves song just about floored me this afternoon. It is called, “You Can Not Lose My Love”, and talks about how we are unfaithful, but Jesus is totally dependable and rock solid.

This song got me thinking about one of my favorite verses in the New Testament.

Romans 8:35-39 says,
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: 
 “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These verses bring me so much hope today. It takes the burden off of my own back and relieves my worry. I don’t have to worry about my inabilities to please people, or God.

We all have times in our lives when we can not feel God, even though He never leaves our side. We all have bad days. The days that kick you down, and break your will.

The last few months have tested my faith, and brought me to an unbelievable understanding that Jesus never gives up on us.

We do not have the ability to sin so much that He is love can not cover us.
We also do not have to fear the thought of being or acting “put together” in front of people. We are broken down sinners in need of a loving Savoir. Someone who will never leave us or forsake us for anything.

God does not get distracted but other things and leave us. He does not lose patience with us when we act like spoiled children, and He never stops giving us chances to make things right with our relationship between each other.

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises…leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

He will not always give us what we want, but always what we need.

When I lose faith, He is faithful.
When I forget Him in the middle of my day, He never stops dreaming for me.
When other people or things steal my attention, He remains committed.
When I fall short, He stops to pick me up, and dusts me off.
When I am imperfect, He is my strength.
When I am tired, He is my rest.
When I doubt Him, He sticks around anyways.

He is our loving Father, and nothing can separate that.

He is like the perfect parent. He doesn’t love us because of our occupations, accolades, triumphs, characteristics, our faithfulness. God loves us because we are His precious Children.

Romans 8:15-17 describes for us the relationship we have with our Heavenly Father when it says,
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

There is nothing we can do to make God love us one ounce more, and nothing we can do to make Him love us one ounce more. He loves us, because of who we are, not because of how we act, or what we do.

So have hope and joy today in the fact that you are not perfect. Never will be. But Jesus loves you anyways, because you are His beautiful child.

There is such a great reward coming for the sons and daughters of the King!

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” -Oswald Chambers

Taking Off Our Spiritual Sweatshirts
October 2, 2007, 4:40 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


Taking Off Our Spiritual Sweatshirts

“I don’t remember the last time I could say
I was where I wanted to be
Still You see through this mask
Hiding all my flaws
You see something down deep in me…

Bring me back so that I can feel You again
Take me to that place I was before
All I want is to hold my head up high
So take this life and set aflame again”-Decyfer Down-“Life Again”

Taking Off Our Spiritual Sweatshirts

Life is sometimes like a hooded sweatshirt.

A good one!

You know, the kind of sweatshirt that has a hood that is so deep it covers three fourths of your face if you want it to. It hides the poser behind the fabric.

It is imaging. And life is all about how we position ourselves isn’t it? I mean come on… really is, isn’t it?

We put our hip sunglasses on from Urban Outfitters so we can give people a false impression of who we really are. Big, ugly, dorks ?

We don’t want people to see who we really are inside…..the messed up parts of our lives, the sin, the shame, and disappointment. So we cover ourselves up to disguise the truth. We don’t want anyone to discover who we really are, or they may not accept us or let us into their lives.

And this is not just true inside the church, which is popular to bash these days. I am talking about something more relevant. I mean we all hide the junk in our past or present, or at least try our very best to.

We always answer the question, “how are you doing”, with “fine”. Are you really fine today?

We smile at church when we are really hurting inside. We laugh and hang with our friends and family but never break down our walls, until we are finally forced to because we are out of answers and options.

I am ready to start living a life that is more transparent. I want to come to God, and my friends and family sooner then later. I want to get their advice, council, and wisdom BEFORE pain occurs so that I am better equipped when the garbage hits the fan in my life.

Its time to wake up spiritually!
Today is the day to get committed to Christ.

Romans 13:11-12 says,
“The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here”

It’s time to get serious.
Life is surely way too short to gamble with our souls. Isn’t it?

If we are not growing in our daily walk with Jesus as followers of the Gospel then we are fading.
The great theologian and preacher John Wesley once said about the growth of his relationship with God:
“Once in seven years I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame, if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.”

He understood that he could not rely on his past, but he needed to be developing and nurturing his relationship with Jesus.

Today is a day to renew our relationship with Jesus and ask for revival in our hearts. Not the cheesy “Christian” word revival, but a total explosion of emotion and zeal for Jesus. The way you feel when you meet a new girl, start a new job, or the way you felt the day you fell in love with Jesus. A fresh start, clean slate, and fire in my chest.

Romans 12:11-13 say this about having Passion and Zeal for our relationship with Jesus:
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Do you remember the way you felt when you gave your life to Christ? Why did you fall in love with Him in the first place? Why do you want to choose to continue to fall in love with Him even today?

Keith Green the musician and author wrote this about our spiritual priorities:
“If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence…? You’d be bored to tears in heaven, if you’re not ecstatic about God now!”

Unmasking our sin in front of people, the ones who REALLY care about us, is so important. If we come to people and get real with our problems and pains then they can take us consistently and constantly to the Cross, where we can finally learn to allow Jesus to wash us clean.

You are much too valuable to God, to not spiritually be maintaining and paying attention to your soul. He has given us Godly relationships, wise pastors, loving family members, and His Son Jesus to restore and prepare our souls for eternity in the presence of God.

Opening up and becoming more “see through” is a very scary place. It reveals flaws and broken places that we hide, but to allow God to rip the bandages we have placed on ourselves and heal us is totally worth whatever uncomfortable ness there may be in publicly disclosing the junk in our past.

There is healing and restoration in coming back to the feet of Jesus and allowing Him to take our hood off our face.

I am sinner saved by grace, and a poser in an oversized spiritual sweatshirt. With the compassion of Jesus available to each one of us, today is the day that we can become more real, open and transparent.

A final thought today to ponder.

“Go forth today, by the help of God’s Spirit, vowing and declaring that in life—-come poverty, come wealth, in death—come pain or come what may, you are and ever must be the Lord’s. For this is written on your heart, ‘We love Him because He first loved us.'”-Charles Spurgeon