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Ministry of Tears | Part 1

If you have had a conversation with me at any point the last month I have mentioned Psalm 126. These six verses have radically transformed me and were words that I verbally repeated through some hard days. It was the week leading up to the anniversary of my Dad’s death and I was struggling. I hid behind my routine: school, workout, homework, and sometimes babysitting. Then repeat. I had small group that Tuesday and nothing in me wanted to show up but I knew showing up was exactly what I needed to do. Even there, I hid behind biblical talk and a group discussion about the book we were reading. I took a slight step of letting down my self-protection mechanism when the girl leading the group asked how she could pray for us. I cautiously choose my words and said something like “November is hard.” I clinched my fists…

The Unexpected Collisions

Last week I wrote in my journal, “what if we changed our prayers to – God do the unexpected.” I had been studying the Christmas story, asking the Lord to give me a new lens to view it through. As I broke down the different parts of the story, I realized that story of Jesus arrival has a theme woven throughout all aspects of it. The theme that God does the unexpected. Often, without us even realizing it, our prayers are saturated with self and hidden amongst our words is a slight level of control. When we pray and ask God to meet our expectations that is not complete surrender. When we pray “God do the unexpected” that is us bowing completely to the way He wants to write the story. His will, His way. We all have expectations but Jesus was wants to exceed them. Paul says, “Now to…

Seasons

Seasons. It is the term Christians have adopted to identify where they are at in life. I’m in a waiting season. I’m in a dry season. I’m in a season of singleness. I’m in a hard season. I’m in the harvest season. The list goes on and on. I confess that I too use that phrase often to articulate the status of my life. With the changing of the leaves, the fall air, and winter quickly approaching, I have found myself asking the question: is it biblical to operate with this “season” mentality? Really, the question surfaced after multiple conversations with friends that all seemed to have the same base – they identified a season they were in and either claimed they wanted it to pass or they wanted it to stay. Seasons are biblical. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a…

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