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Becoming the Palace

I’ve written before about how awesome a moment it is when we recognize the Holy Spirit at work interiorly within us; when our eyes are opened, and we attune to His presence. The Holy Spirit persistently prods us towards wholeness, and often that causes us to experience discomfort, pain or anxiety as we awaken more and more to His nudging. I love how C.S.Lewis describes these interior ‘growing pains’ in Mere Christianity: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains…

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Peace

Peace and Anxiety: a Curious Juxtaposition

I was encouraged this summer to consider the fruit of the Spirit. Something most Christians are fairly familiar with. One of the things charming children’s songs help us memorize at an early age. Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Peace with an anxiety disorder? As I considered the scriptures I began to ponder how these fruits of the spirit may look different than we might think or have been taught. I mean, I look at my life with my anxiety…

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When God Texts

When God Texts: Listening to the Promptings of the Holy Spirit

A few days ago I was experiencing some health issues. I had kept things private so was surprised when I saw this text message on my phone: “I know this is random, but would you guys eat Puerto Rican shredded pork and yellow rice? I made too much.” It was 7 pm and the ground beef I envisioned making into dinner was still frozen on the countertop. I was exhausted and not feeling well.   Making dinner was the last thing I wanted to do. I immediately texted my friend back and accepted the offer, sharing what a Godsend it was,…

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Being Receptive to God’s Timing

I’ve always hated being in a state of helplessness. In fact, all my life I was a busy little girl, constantly running from one activity to another with whatever occupied my mind and heart. Being still was difficult for me, and I later discovered, for most women. When my daughter, Sarah, was born with a rare disease nearly five years ago, my life came to a halt. I couldn’t keep up with life as it once was. Instead, my new normal consisted of frantically driving from one doctor’s appointment to the next, from one diagnostic test to another, from specialist…

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Come Holy Spirit!

Walking with our God is an incredible adventure, isn’t it? I've learned to expect the unexpected! Journeying with Jesus is ripe with irony and heavenly realities that conflict with my human inclinations. Surrender equals Freedom. Deny myself in order to be truly content. To be fully alive in Christ is to die to the world. How do we possibly live these out? I’m sure there are many answers to that question. The answer I am carrying into 2018 is this: by living each day in close relationship with the Holy Spirit. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father…

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