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.
Excerpt: Indifference is like hypothermia. If I sleep, I die. Yet it's all I want to do. If you love me, don’t let me! Pull me to warmth! It’s why God pulls on us. Our hearts need the fire of His presence. Far more than we realize.
Excerpt: My head knows God cares and watches over me. Why can't my heart rest in that? Why do I worry? As if finding a solution will let me rest. But God offers no solution. He offers Himself. That’s what good fathers do.
Excerpt: If I’m honest, I'm not always honest. Even with God. Yet God wants us as we are. Not as we wish we were. 'We must lay before Him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.' CS Lewis
Excerpt: I saw the Emmaus road painting and imagined Jesus walking out of the painting into my room. Then I realized. He did. But like Cleopas, I miss Him. I quarantine Him to a frame called history.
Excerpt: I know God sees my heart. Hears my silent cry. Feels the pain I feel. Cares about the why. So why do I hide behind a me that isn’t me? For He sees the me I really am and loves the me He sees.
Excerpt: Ever feel like you flee from a lion only to meet a bear? Or run home to your safe place where a snake bites you? (Amos 5:19) How do I face life’s pain and trouble since I can't seem to avoid it?
Excerpt: Deep pain can consume your heart. Too much pain for too long can break it. So bring it to God. He may not remove it but He’ll sit with you in it. It’s rarely the hurts of life that break our hearts. It's hurting alone.
Excerpt: God says 'Go' after He says 'Come'. He only sends lovers. But I focus on fruit not abiding. Impact not intimacy. Result? Artificial fruit and zero impact. Who does Jesus use to change the world? His close friends.
Excerpt: It's hard to love me as I am if others don’t. Or if I think they don’t. For I tend to see me as I think they do. I also assume God sees me as I do. (He doesn't.) Yet I don't ask Him. And if tells me, I don't believe Him.
Excerpt: Is my view of me true of me? Is it who God sees? I want to see the me He sees. The me I really am. But I tend to see the me you see. Or the me I’m not. Or the me I want to be. A me that you would like.
Excerpt: Why do I lack confidence? Question my worth? Maybe I lack confidence because I question my worth. God doesn’t. He thinks I'm worth dying for. What He does question is my self-judgment.
Excerpt: Few gifts say ‘I love you’ like the gift of attention. Attention matters! Why? Friendships matter. And the attention I give or withhold affects my friendships. Including the one I have with God.
Excerpt: I carry a mirror inside my head. And look at it far more than I should. Downside is: I can’t see God, you or the beauty all around me. All I see is me.
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