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Beth and I are talking about mourning this week as we continue looking at the Beatitudes. I think it’s safe to say that each of us experiences loss. We have all lost loved ones. But what about other things we grieve? There are so many different types of loss. The loss of a job. A relationship. A dream. It all hurts. I have a lot of things I’m passionate about. I used to not understand how I could be equally passionate about this vast array of creative expression, until a recent revelation – but you’ll have to buy my (future) book to find out about that. 😜 I had a dead dream. The past two years, I’ve tried to lay it to rest. I’ve worked hard to not let myself be bitter – but it was hard. Instead, I’ve worked diligently to focus on what I can do, and accept…

Everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everyone is searching for something to fill that emptiness inside. The void. The longing in their spirit only God can satisfy. We live in a world poor in spirit. We are surrounded by spiritual bankruptcy- and it seeps into our lives. Beth and I are going through the Beatitudes – and this week we’re looking at verse Matthew 5:3 He says, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”(NLT) I love this particular translation because it’s a great definition of what it truly means to be poor in spirit. Poor in spirit is a deficit of the eternal. The only solution is to recognize your need for Him. Maybe you’re like me and feel a bit of that deficit occasionally. But my comfort is this: I know I need Him with every fiber…

Beth and I are kicking off a new series on the Beatitudes. I love it when I come up with ideas that throw Beth for a loop. I wanted to do this series because I’m working on my attitude. I’m determined to live a life of gratitude. One of the things I find myself most grateful for is the knowledge that there is no situation that God doesn’t have me covered. This brought me to the teachings of the Beatitudes. During some recent difficulties, I found myself faced with a choice: either I believe God’s plans for me are good…or NOT. Either I believe it, or I don’t. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. – Romans 8:28 So, this is the next few weeks of our collaboration. My hope…

In my youth, I played Mary, mother of Jesus, in many a church Christmas program. I’ve said the line straight from Luke 1:34, “How can it be?”, at least a half dozen times. But Mary’s reaction is completely legitimate, to say the least. I think many of us ask this question when we reflect on God’s promises. I ask the question still – about so many things. I get caught up in semantics. I get caught up in logistics. I get trapped in negative thinking. I know how it feels; when it hurts to hope. Other times when the miracles come – because they DO, maybe we ask the question again. The question takes on new meaning. It takes on an exclamation of joy. When you begin to unpack all Christ has done, it’s hard to fathom. I love this song by Lauren Daigle. https://youtu.be/6UXn_OuJkvE I am guilty Ashamed of…

Beth & I are taking a look at Mary of Bethany today. Ever notice how fast and loose we use the word “friend”? I think the word is almost as overused as “love” – but that’s a different story. Our society is wrapped up in social media stats. How many Facebook friends do you have? How many twitter followers? Instagram? Snapchat? Pinterest? Can you imagine if Jesus’ ministry on earth had been in a time as technicologucally connected as ours? His Pinterest board would be amazing! How to throw parties & feed thousands on a shoestring budget, etc. But I digress. Can you imagine Jesus weeping with Mary over the loss of her brother, Lazarus? Even though Jesus had a plan to raise Lazarus to show He is life and resurrection and bring Himself the glory, He still hurt for His friend. They were not just surface/Facebook friends. Mary and…