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Timing is Everything: And God is Near

Today, everything seemed to happen at the exact right time. First, I was late leaving school. (This because I was reading not because I was working hard – teachers have such interesting libraries, but I digress.) As I was leaving, I crossed paths with a teacher I hadn’t met up within nearly a year. We had a great chat about faith and family and I was very encouraged. Then, I found out that my rent was being raised. This is particularly frustrating because the jobs I have don’

Tears in the Void

I’m often surprised by the things that stand out when I’m reading the Bible. This time it was God’s message to Hagar – the second time he had spoken to her. The message was this: “Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is” (Genesis 21:17). As far as Genesis tells us, neither Hagar nor Ishmael was crying out to God. They were simply crying. The situation seemed so desperate that Hagar even walked away from her son so she wouldn’t have to watch him suffer. Bu

“Dreams come true. Yeah they do. In Santa Fe.”

I have always been a dreamer. I am rarely completely content with how things are. There is always that majestic “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20 NIV) looming just ahead of me. I refuse to settle for just a job. And I struggle to believe that people can’t change, that I and my situation won’t change. I resonate with Jack Kelly more than any other musical character. Throughout the Broadway show, Newsies, he is shown rising to the challenges before

Thoughts on Life and the Love of God

My thoughts are a jumble these days. I have one quarter left before I graduate. I have no idea where I will be working and praying that God bring me to a good place. I’m moving tomorrow and frantically packing up my house. I’m preaching tonight at youth group about Jesus feeding the 5000. I still need to proofread an issue of a certain magazine by Sunday. The boys downstairs playing ball yell anyounghaseyo and anyoungee kehseyo every time I walk downstairs with another box an

Close the book, close the laptop

I’d love to tell you that I hear God all the time.  I’d love to hear God all the time.  But the reality is there are too many days that God seems silent.  And so I go through my day, sometimes speaking out of turn, sometimes silently waiting to hear.  But sometimes he does speak.  Last night was one of those sometimes.  I was frantically trying to finish my reading before my class.  It was good reading, worth doing.  And I felt God saying, close the book, close the laptop.  I

My Testimony, January 1, 2013

A year and a half ago I began to write my current testimony.  I never posted it, because I thought it was unfinished.  I found it the other day and can’t think what more there was to write.  It expresses my feelings from that moment nearly perfectly.  And I hope it also brings glory to God.  This is my testimony. It’s been years since I’ve finished a song.  Probably about as long since I wrote out my testimony.  They seem to go hand in hand, so I suppose that’s fitting.  I on

Better Together

A question I am consistently asked is “Have any of the churches you’ve visited stood out to you?”  This question assumes that I am looking for the perfect church.  I am not.  It also suggests I am looking for a church to do my internship at.  While I am looking for possibilities, I am also visiting churches I would not consider for an internship.  What I wish people would ask is “How have you seen God working since you’ve been visiting churches?” I’m so glad you asked.  Let m

Asking God

I’m trying to learn not to be afraid to petition God.  It’s easy for me to pray for other people, global situations, or even things that I am certain are God’s will for my life, such as time management or to become better at loving others.  But I hesitate to ask him for things that I need.  Do I think I need too much?  Perhaps my finances are tight because I’m not wise with my money or choose to live in an expensive part of the globe.  Maybe I’m too busy because I find my val

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