This is another of Amanda Cook’s songs on her new album.  And again, I love it.  In fact, I am not sure if I’ve had an album where every single song speaks to my heart and has the musicality that matches my soul.  Love it.

ou taught my feet to dance on disappointment and I will worship You


You may have noticed the sound of crickets around here lately….   The photo kind of gives it away.  About 5 weeks ago I broke my finger.  Playing dodge ball at youth group.  I’m the youth pastor and I think the first official break for the year.  But it means that for a few weeks its been painful to type.   After 4 weeks of pain and no longer being able to really bend my finger I decided that it wasnt getting better by itself so saw the dr, who sent me off for xrays.  I chipped a bone in my joint and then fractured the bone between the joint and my hand.  No wonder it hurt.  I’ve had it in a buddy strap splint since then.  Which actually has made all the difference.  Mobility is returning and it is less painful to do normal things like indicating in the car or brushing my hair and cutting my food.  Though, when the splint is on I’m a bit hopeless.  I cant bend my finger or type properly.  Or cut my food.  Or carry things.

You know, sometimes in life we’re broken.  A bit cracked.  In pain.

Sometimes we need to strap ourselves to a friend and let them support us and strengthen us through the healing process.   Yes seriously.  Life lesson from a broken finger.  Who are you strapping yourself to today?

God doesn’t give His love in pieces.  His love is unconditional, full, real.

His love is life, filling us, making us whole.

His love will change everything.

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Love this article by Kris Vallotton!

“Many of us can feel the vacuum of this vortex drawing our hearts into this divine destiny. We find our inner man longing, stirring, and burning for the great adventure. Live or die, we must press through the walls of mediocrity and find the Promised Land of our souls. We live with a passion to be numbered among those who have gained fame in the halls of Heaven and are feared among the prison guards of hell. If we are going to walk as God’s ruling royalty, we have to:

  • Pray unceasingly
  • Give sacrificially
  • Dream unreasonably
  • Serve wholeheartedly
  • Love unashamedly
  • Walk innocently
  • Believe un-doubtingly
  • Live powerfully

We are to carry God’s authority into the lives of people and nations through invitation, not through intrusion or invasion. Although we are called to be combative to the powers of darkness, we are to be honorably confronting to people, demonstrating the benefits and rewards of a superior Kingdom. The Church can’t afford to fall asleep in the harvest today as we have done so many times in the past. We are not supposed to reflect our culture; we are commissioned to transform it. When Jesus rules, He enables the principles of the King to transform the culture through the mind of Christ.”

Your love is better than anything else that would draw on my attention.

It is better than what the world can give.

Your love is pure, real, honest, filling, giving, now.

Your love is unconditional and calls me to respond, to love in return, to lay my life down for this love, to shout from the rooftops that this love is all there is to live for.

This love.  God’s love.

He loved me first.

His love heals, restores, redeems, creates, hopes.

His love never gives up and nothing can tear me away from this love.

It is freely given, and richly paid for.

“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” – John Stott

As I grow
And as I change
May I love you more deeply
I will lean upon your grace
I will reap because your goodness is unending

You are my vision
My reason for living
Your kindness leads me to repentance
I can’t explain it
This sweet assurance

The sun, moon, and stars
Shout your name
They give you reverence
And I will do the same
With all my heart I give you glory

I want to seek you first
I want to love you more
I want to give you the honor you deserve
So I bow before you
I am overcome by the beauty of this perfect love



One year ago my life changed!

Source: Completely Healed From Severe Food Allergies


Walls, I’ve decided, are dangerous.

Walls serve a purpose, yes.  They create a boundary and shelter us from storm and attack.

But walls can turn on us and serve us badly.

They keep good people out and distance us from healing.

Walls hinder progress and growth.

They restrict.

Walls make us a prisoner of our own making.

Walls keep us captive along with our pain and the things hiding in the dark.

We hide from each other.  We put walls up to keep us apart, to build a facade.  It’s part of our fallenness.

The danger of the wall is that it misrepresents us. What other people see is a lie. It’s not who we are or who we were born to be.

We need to realize that God loves us just the way we are right now, and His love for us will never diminish.  He loves the inside part of us.  He loves the broken places and has plans to heal and restore.  He loves us regardless of our flaws and our pain.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  No past, no present, no future, no falling, no sin, no mistake, no thought, no word, no action.

We need to take a deep breath, stir up courage and invite someone into the inner part of who we are.

We need to open the gates wide and let good people in, who want to help us walk free.  We need to open wide the gates to let God in, who is the One who can empower us to walk truly free.

We need to sometimes take a hammer to our pride and our fears and let the love and grace of God flood over us, washing us, freeing us, restoring us.

Don’t let your wall become a comfortable place to hide instead of choosing freedom.

Will you take the wall down today?

One brick at a time. Freedom is worth the risk.

He calls each one of us

By name

to come and wait

He whispers to your heart

to let it go and to be alive

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