“Hey, I am going to remodel my house while I am preparing for my daughter’s wedding!” Yes, anxiety is a focus problem.
When we become triggered with shame, as we will, we are often emotionally capsized. Being triggered makes us look for a lifesaver. Too often this lifesaver is to revert to old patterns and habits.
In that day you will be able to say with Paul, “for me to live is Christ.” That's the wonder of the exchanged Life, the Great Exchange we're to experience.
The practical solution is a continuing choice: to exchange my life for Christ's life. There is no change for me, but there is divine EXchange!
Spiritual reality is knowing God so intimately that you see Him in His disguises while others walk on by.
Though she was young and a virgin, Mary was not untried, nor unfamiliar with deep surrender to the God of her ancestors.
Angelic visits are not to be trifled with… Mary's way was always the way of quiet meditation, something Zacharias would have to learn
One who dares to question the words of a magnificent angel is one who does not see he has already received the "sign" he demanded.
Every year I ask my Father to give me a fresh view of this familiar story. Can we ever really know it?
Things are going to continually attempt to grab our attention. Even people with the best intentions can bring distractions from the Will of God.
Our deep despair over not being able to perform is both an invitation to lean into His life as well as a check that I'm probably kicking against the goads.
We’re cast on His mercy to save us, and that is so much better a place than those who think they are saved because they decided for Jesus.