Monday, July 27, 2015

The Re-Written Story

Big Daddy Weave has a new song right now called "My Story."  It is an excellent song - would I recommend one that wasn't?

The whole idea is something that Kris and I have been learning to live out these last three years.  It's about sharing all that made us who we were, and all God has done to make us who we are now.  It is just such an amazing truth that many within the church fail to practice.

I think we, as the church, have grown up believing we have to hide who we were, or who we are.  Especially if it would implicate us as sinners.  Sure, we can admit to others that we sin.  Of course we sin.  But to be frank and honest about what sin continues to follow us around?  It was unheard of when I was growing up.  At least, in my circle.  Even as I became a young adult, a wife and a mother, it was a shameful thing to admit what you had done wrong.  To anyone but God.  Sure, we urge confession of sins to God.  But I think much of the time we miss something that I believe is VITAL to our overcoming sin.

Monday, July 13, 2015

What Hope Does

I have this magnet on my desk at work that I look at from time to time.  It has Isaiah 40:31 on it.

...those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

I was reading it this morning and found myself really trying to understand what it really meant.  I've always loved this verse.  It seems poetic and it just sounds appealing.  I don't know about you, but I'd love to go through life not feeling weary.  I'd love to walk this road without feeling the spiritual and physical exhaustion that often accompanies the burdens we tend to carry.

I believe that it is possible to live in such a way, where your heart is fully surrendered to God, so that in the toughest times, you can endure without feeling as if the world will come crashing down on you.  What I love about this verse though is what is says you actually need in order to live this way.