Excerpt: What Jesus said to paralyzed men gives me hope for my paralyzed mind. He lets me know I’m known. I find hope to get well once I admit I’m not. I find my worth in His delight not my discipline. So I can swing away.
Excerpts: Signs of paralysis: I stay busy to avoid life. I’m never ‘sure’. I overthink until I can’t think. If I don’t try, I won’t fail. Too many options to choose. I’ll do it right or I won’t do it. I avoid goals. I'd rather dream than decide.
Excerpt: Jesus asked a paralytic if he wants to be healed. Why? Because we stop asking once we stop hoping. I resign myself to my mat. Unsure if God even wants to heal me. If He did, He would. He hasn't. Why ask again?
Excerpt: I dream of homers yet never swing away. Bad decisions can ruin us but so can indecision. Like Thoreau, I wish to live deliberately. I don’t want to come to the end and find I never lived.
Excerpt: Ever feel like no one sees you? A blind man in John 9 can't see nor is he seen. Except by himself. He likely sees himself as others do: Unworthy of notice. But Jesus noticed. His broken heart had broken God's.
Excerpt: I can so easily miss the beauty right in front of me. How? I get distracted by the life I want and don’t have. Or by the life I have but don’t want. So I miss what it is I really want most: God. The same God who wants me.
Excerpt: A solar eclipse illustrates what happens when my desires consume me. Desire itself isn't the issue. God wants us to desire and enjoy His gifts. The issue is: I'm prone to want His gifts more than Him.
Excerpt: How I see God shapes how loss affects me. If I think God took my love, I won't bring Him my hurt. If I think God should be enough, I'll feel guilty if He’s not. He won’t shame me for grief. He’ll grieve with me.
Excerpt: If the loss of love breaks your heart, don’t hide your pain or minimize your loss. God doesn’t. Nor does He try to take the place of your loved one. No one can. Not even God. But He'll take His. Beside you. If you let Him.
Excerpt: I'm glad God loves me. But I also want love with skin on! Yes, this want could eclipse my desire for God. Yet He wired us for love and said it isn't good for man to be alone. So He hurts for us whenever we are.
Excerpt: If a truth is true for all of us, it's no less true for each of us. If God 'so loved the world', He 'so loves' you. As much as He loves His Son. And that's a lot! Can even God love all of us deeply? Uniquely? Ask a Mom.
Excerpt: From a Dad after dropping his son off at college. 'I have plenty of everything - except Mike and in parental math, 5 minus 1 doesn’t equal plenty.’ God feels this. There is a place in His heart that only you can fill.
Excerpt: Anyone ever misjudge your motives? I do it to God. Like a child, I think 'No' means 'I don't love you'. Yet He says it because He does. I weep assuming He doesn't care. He weeps because He does.
Excerpt: What did God do after making man? What we do at Christmas. As our kids look at gifts, we look at them. We light up as they do. But if they lose their awe, guess who feels the loss? Our apathy affects God.
Excerpt: There are many ways to lose you. I lose you if you die or leave. I lose you if you stay but your heart leaves. If you won't hear my heart, I lose you. Since I love you, it hurts to lose you. It hurts God to lose you too.
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