I think Holy Spirit finds a kind of devious enjoyment by waiting until I’m drifting off, then slowly, quietly rearing back and smacking me across the face. I agree, it’s pretty messed up. A few days ago, we took a break from our honeymoon in Charleston to drive up to Boone, NC, and support our … Continue reading Determining Which Person I Am In The Kingdom of God
Arnold Schwarzenegger and I turned 66 and 27 years old last week, respectively. Forty-five days from today I’ll be married and eighty-nine days from today I’ll be living with my wife in Nicaragua indefinitely. I got my first glimpse of what this newly married season may look like. A few weeks ago, I had to put a … Continue reading The Best Definition of Freedom I’ve Ever Heard
This is a follow-up post from Rachel Barnette’s last post, ‘Scriptures About Healing – Blah Blah Blah!’ ‘So am I safe to fly?’ ‘We need to do some tests first.’ There I stand. In yet another hospital in Thailand, with two Thai nurses sticking stuff all over my chest and around my heart. Speaking … Continue reading By His Stripes, We Are Healed. Except, I’m (still) not.
The other day I had a brief conversation with a friend whom I regard with high esteem. Her situation is not so foreign to many in their twenties and thirties, Christians in particular. In trying to figure out her purpose, she’s stalled. She told me, though, in an especially poetic way so even mid-conversation I couldn’t … Continue reading Stepping in Any Direction But Gray Mediocre Blah
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rachel Rae Barnette. Rachel is currently in the hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. You can read her blog here. I’M DONE! OVER IT! I’M GOING HOME! I’m sick of this. It’s not what I signed up for. Life was far more simpler when I didn’t follow you. Seriously, … Continue reading Scriptures About Healing – Blah Blah Blah!
An Australian woman named Bronnie Ware spent several years as a nurse in palliative care, focusing on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Many times, she would tend to the needs of dying patients, and would often ask them if they had any regrets or would do anything differently. The most common regret of … Continue reading I Wish I’d Had the Courage to Live a Life True to Myself, Not The Life Others Expected of Me
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Colossians 3:23 What’s the first thing that comes to mind when reading this verse? I bet it’s giving your all at your job – doings things like arriving to work on time, leaving work at 5 … Continue reading I Wish I Hadn’t Worked So Hard
Defining ‘Matagalpa in My Life I searched for Matagalpa on Google last night. It was right after I saw today’s date, right after realizing June had begun. I counted the months then used my fingers to count the months. I was right the first time. Four months. I’ll be married in four months. I’ll have … Continue reading How To Determine If Your Life Is Privileged
Images stay clear of a time I danced on the banks of a man-made lake in Phuket, Thailand under the same stars and God as King David danced and I jumped and spun like a free man. The night was too warm to be fully clothed. There was darkness and it’s only opposition my body … Continue reading Does Jesus Desire Freedom or Holiness?
Christin Lyle is currently in Uganda with limited internet, so she had to email me her blog and I’m posting on her behalf… Enjoy! Cascada sings this crazy song of passion, love and intense emotion. So much energetic synergy is channeled into this dude that He must be pretty cool. I wanna bang my … Continue reading Resting in the Jesus in Me