Sunday, August 25, 2013


Ephesians 3:17-19
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

For many of you, school starts tomorrow, already has or will next week. For the rest of us, summer vacation is a distant memory, but fall does still have a sense of a new beginning. On the cusp of this start, I wanted to share a few thoughts meandering in my head.  
I've been reading this book, called Love Does. It's really awesome and in it the Author, Bob Goff, unpacks the principals of his life and his understanding of God. It resonated with me more them anything else I've read in a long time. In trying to understand God's plan for our life, the author shares this: 

“I think God's hope and plan of us is pretty simple to figure out. For those who resonate with formulas, here it is: Add your whole life, your loves, your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that's your answer. If you want to know the answer to the bigger question – what's God's plan for the whole world? - buckle up: It's us.”

He created us and calls us VERY good. God has made you to enjoy life, and the enjoy it abundantly! This school year, live it up. Follow your passions and your loves! Be about those thing and be about him. This is God's plan for you. Along the way, I hope you have the chance to love God with all your heart, mind and soul and to love your neighbor as yourself. Even when those things are hard as hell.

I also hope that you find a community that is lifts you up. Community that can speak truth into your life. As Sherry Mortenson shared with us at camp this summer: To be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known.
The only way the Bible can be regarded as straightforward and simple is if no one bothers to read it. - Jennifer Wright Knust

Friday, August 16, 2013

Prayer for today.

1 John 4:19: We love because he first loved us.

God. You are my God. A God of love. 

You ask for two things. To love you and to love people. Oh how I fall short. Daily, hourly, sometime minutely. So many other things become my idol.

The pursuit of a relationship. Spending money on trivial things for the sake of selfish fun, Even the often noble cause of making sure my life has meaning and purpose can become burdensome. 

These things become empty pursuits, when you are not at the middle. 

My fear of spending moments alone, when processing turns into gossip, and when my eyes wander - I know this is not the life you have for me. Help me seek the abundant life. 

Thank you for loving me… despite my shortcomings. Thank you for reminding me what love is like and giving me chances to help show your love, despite how many times I've messed it up. 

A wise woman told me: To be known is the be loved and to be loved is to be known. 

Lord - help me to know and to love. Help me know you, help me love people.