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Unspeakable Grace: Be That Friend

Morning!

A night owl myself, I hesitate to tag “good” on the front of that greeting often. Some mornings don’t feel good at all, some are just okay, and others are downright terrible. Yesterday was one of those terrible mornings for me and I was still reeling a little from it this morning.

As God so faithfully does, He planted seeds of grace throughout what turned out to be a very difficult day. I was still required to walk through the messy and had no choice but to handle the hard, but just when I needed to tag out, He provided just right the people to let me. Just when I thought my chin wouldn’t quit quivering, something undeniably funny would prompt me to laugh again.

We as believers know the Lord is with us in every circumstance, but He is just easier to feel in the sunshine sometimes. When the darkness closes in or the frightening flashes in front of our faces, fear threatens to block our view. This is where friends come in.

I firmly believe one of the enemy’s most effective tools he…

Unspeakable Grace: Those People

Morning! A night owl myself, I hesitate to tag “good” on the front of that greeting often. Some mornings don’t feel good at all, some are just okay, and others are downright terrible. Yesterday was one of those terrible mornings for me and I was still reeling a little from it this morning. As God so faithfully does, He planted seeds of grace throughout what turned out to be a very difficult day. I was still required to walk through the messy and had no choice but to handle the hard, but just when I needed to tag out, He provided just right the people to let me. Just when I thought my chin wouldn’t quit quivering, something undeniably funny would prompt me to laugh again. We as believers know the Lord is with us in every circumstance, but He is just easier to feel in the sunshine sometimes. When the darkness closes in or the frightening flashes in front of our faces, fear threatens to block our view. This is where friends come in. I firmly believe one of the enemy’s most effective too…

Unspeakable Grace: Rest

Hey friend, You’ve almost made it through another week. The weekend is moments away and, Lord willing, you’ll get to leave those responsibilities at work for a little while. Whether that is true or you will be keeping watch on the night shift this weekend or doing the vital work of raising little people or caring for elderly who have no idea that the weekend is supposed to equal rest, I’m praying you are able to exhale a little bit in a little while. It is so important to trust the Lord enough to allow ourselves to pause and to rest. It’s so brave to believe He’s going to hold it all together while we let ourselves collapse when we need to. He alone is able. It is so necessary to look away for a little while that we might look back through a clearer lens. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, make resting in the Father’s arms a priority this weekend. Maybe it will be five minutes behind a closed door or maybe it will mean turning the alarm off instead of going to the gym in the m…

Unspeakable Grace: Darkness

Psalm 139 has long been my favorite passage of Scripture.

In 2007, I found hope I could hold onto there when my five day old daughter left my arms for Heaven and I've never been able to let it go. When we could not put words to why their baby sister had not been healed here on earth, we pointed little faces toward the truths in the middle of this Psalm that gave us authority to tell them for certain she had been made perfectly and lived exactly the amount of time her Creator had intended for her to live.

In 2011, when the ultrasound screen showed a still little baby, complete with fingers and toes and I did not know where to go, the promise that I was indeed hemmed in behind and before held me fast. In every uncertain situation that has come since and tempted me to fight or fly, He's held me still with those words.

In 2013, I walked the city streets of China delivering a forbidden message of hope and the realization that I had literally gone to the other end of the world and w…