God is a grace giver. Yet we find it oh so hard to receive this grace. Not because of Him but because of us. Our ego, broken hearts, disbelief, shame, failures, guilt, rejection, self-hatred, inhibit us from truly receiving this divine gift of grace that chases and outruns us. Read more
As I sit here, I mull over the conditions of His love and it overwhelms me. No condition – I mean nothing can keep Him from pursuing me! No mountain, no valley, neither death, nor sickness, nor mess ups nor failures can keep me from His love. His love for me is UNCONDITIONAL. He pursues me hard. I do not have to strive for His love or sell my body and soul for it. Nothing can separate me from Him. He loves me and I try my best to love Him too but can He be trusted. I admit; I find it so hard to trust Him at times. Read more
So your weekend may have not been the best and you woke up all in your feelings about certain people and things in and outside of your control and you are about to succumb to these feelings ruining/running your day…This is for you:
I have learned that you cannot live a life that thrives based on fickle emotions. Our emotions must be subjected to truth. David, in Psalm 103, commands his soul to bless the Lord in spite of the situations he was facing at present – failed marriages, adultery, murder on his hands, his own son seeking to kill him, abdication of his throne, raped daughter, a nation in turmoil…Ummm…Let’s just say that he had enough drama for a few seasons of Scandal. Read more
Lord, you have asked that I not be limited in my scope of you. Yesterday, prompted me to dream God-sized dreams for your people– trusting that you are able to do them. Why is my scope of you so limited. Why does my finite mind limit your infinite power when ;I know you want to do more in me and through me. Why do I doubt your ability to work as you said that you would.
My faith in you seems to waver every day. Some days, I am confident and other days I doubt. My emotions seem to rule my life if I do not keep them in check by the principles of your word. Teach me Lord not be a slave to my emotions and the toxic habits that my heart is prone to. I need more of your ‘living water’. I need to molded and shaped to be the person you oh God has called me to be. My heart needs to be broken by the things that break your heart. Mercy needs to be shown to those you desire to show mercy. I need to forgive those you have instructed me to forgive. I need to banish and curse the ways, you have asked that I give up. Show me what Godly repentance is. Show me what it means to do a 180, to change my mind because it has been renewed and transformed being washed by Your word. Read more
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”W” font=”Architects Daughter” background_color_class=”otw-green-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]hy I Choose to Speak up!
For the past year and a half, I have wrestled with the notion of starting a blog. I have questioned my purpose for it and my niche. The blogging world seems so heavily saturated and competitive and it seems like there are many doing what I desire to do. I procrastinated and talked myself out of doing this many times – trying to rationalize why would any one want to hear what I had to say about anything.
I am no expert at this thing called life and am simply learning while I am living. Many times having to learn the same lesson over and over again. I have very few interesting things happening in my life that are Pinterest or Instagram worthy. Do people really care what I have to say.
I convinced myself by providing every logical argument as to why I should not do this but God through His WORD presented me with the most compelling reason of why I should: Read more
Today, Amy Francis is featured on the blog as my guest contributor. Wesley and I had the opportunity to meet Amy in Toronto this summer while celebrating the birthday and engagement of a childhood friend. (Shout out to Brendon & Camille Best!) Amy is a recent graduate of Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada and a regular contributor to RELEVANT Magazine. I am excited to hear her thoughts on Canada, Community, Christianity, and the Church. Amy is parked at www.amyhopefrancis.com . Go by and show your love. Now, grab your favorite fall beverages or rainy season drinks and enjoy:
How my relationship with church changed drastically, and stayed the same.
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”W” font=”Calligraffitti” background_color_class=”otw-green-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]hen I was young, church was a scheduled reminder of God and the “something more-ness” of human existence. Church was also a social place where I learned how to be genteel, how to treat others decently, and to respect my parents.
When I moved out of the house and into the dorm rooms of York University, I was acutely averse to campus church because of the social anxieties I felt. Yet inside I longed to feel connected to people and a greater cause than just my career.
Good enough, I started searching, and church found me. I met people who inspired and challenged me in my faith, and they invited me to their Sunday gathering.
It has been close to 2 years ago that Wesley and I made the decision to move back to Atlanta to plant Tri-Cities Church on the South side of Atlanta. Although viewed as altruistic in some sense, it left me lost and dissatisfied. I left my ‘dream’ job at the nation’s top university (Go Tigers!) where I helped shape the world’s future leaders. I left to return to a common place. A place where I have been many times before… a place all too familiar…a place where I have lost and struggled…a place where I truly did not want to invest my blood, sweat, and tears. A place where I wanted to forget– I felt stuck. Yes! I am a Pastor’s Wife and I felt Stuck. Read more