Archive for January, 2013

We’re completely blown away by the goodness of God. His love is so evident in and through the incredible people He’s surrounded us with, thank you Lord, thank you friends.

God is never more tangible than when we see Him through those that love us.

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Posted: January 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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If we’re going to change the world we can’t leave the task to someone else and the task is sharing the love of Jesus with everyone.

We shared some stories with a dear friend last night and were reminded of how very near our God is, at every turn, at every trial and in every triumph right there with us. Tomorrow looks much brighter when we remember.

Though God has a different beat for each of us, He does want us in a band.

We can be His instruments to bring music to a news station world.

His isn’t a lock-step marching band but more like a large amateur orchestra, when we get it together it’s a beautiful thing.

Have you heard the phrase; he/she marches to the beat of a different drummer? It’s meant as a backhanded compliment indicating that she/he is not like us.

I don’t think the kind of community, the kind of connections God wants us to have should be based on finding people just like us and building walls to keep the others out.

God’s the drummer and He has a different beat for each of us.

Sometimes God fights our battles for us but usually He fights them with us.

We get to join God in His process of redemption (when God takes something crappy and makes it into something wonderful), not only in our lives but in the lives of others as well and many times the only thing we need to supply is perseverance.

Scripture says, do not fear nor be afraid for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

And in that promise, that reality, we get the peace and the intimacy that we all must have. Trusting these things to the Lord, knowing that we don’t have to be afraid or alone frees us to be real and vulnerable with the folks around us and that is the basis for real connection.

The connection, the one of a kind relationship and unconditional love that we all desperately crave, can only be found through an intimate relationship with our God, our Creator, our Heavenly Father. It’s out of the abundance of this union that we are able to be a portion of His love to those around us. The beauty of these relationships is deeper and richer than we could’ve hoped for before realizing how God truly feels about us. We can’t help but want those near us to know and experience what we’ve found. We can be the evidence that stands staunchly against the lies that we’re all confronted with each day. We can be the kind of friends and family that we only dreamed we could find.

Our son Max played a song for me yesterday by Ray LaMontagne. It’s about being the kind of friend I so very much want to be and am so thankful to have. The song’s called Let it be Me and I hope you can hear it by clicking here.

Why is connecting so important? Why do people pay such a high price for even a moment of it? Why are people with everything but connection eventually confronted by their own misery? The answer to all these questions is the same: because God exists as a community of connected persons. We were fashioned by a God whose deepest joy is connection with Himself, a God who created us to enjoy the pleasure He enjoys by connecting supremely with Him but also with each other. To experience the joy of connection is life; to not experience it is death to our souls, death to our deepest desires, death to everything that makes us human. – Larry Crabb

Trinitarianism teaches us that connecting is as vital to the life of our soul as blood is to physical life. When it’s missing, we are ruled by the need to get it. Sometimes we settle for too little. Sometimes we conclude we’ll never find it and become hollow people, mere shells carrying on our lives in quiet despair. – Larry Crabb