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As I finished the book of Job in the Old Testament, there was a passage in Job’s confession and repentance to God that stuck out to me. “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 Job had just finished hearing an answer from the Lord, an answer that came in a… Read More

In one of Job’s late responses to his friends, he addresses the topic of wisdom. He echoes a familiar truth that meets find repeated over and over again in the book of Proverbs. “And he said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28 When tragedy struck Job’s life, he wasn’t free from experiencing the deep hurt and pain,… Read More

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said: Job 4:1 I hate it when those close to me are facing hardship. Not just because I see them suffering, but because I often find myself struggling for the right thing to say. I often feel I have to say something, that the moment requires my encouragement. When I look at the interaction of Job and his friends, I see at first what I struggle… Read More

I see in Job’s expression the same comfort and trust I see in David’s throughout the Psalms. Job in the processing of his grief, knew God was big enough to handle it. Job knew God was able to take the rawness of his feelings and thoughts. But what I find interesting in Job’s lament is not once does he blame God.

I’ve done many different things over the last 15 years. Church and para-church ministry, mental health, substance abuse, para-education, medical, otr truck driving and training, and transportation safety and operations. There were many times I didn’t enjoy what I did. I felt incomplete, a lack of joy because I wasn’t doing what I thought I should be. What I believed God was calling me to wasn’t happening quick enough. It took years… Read More

The last two weeks have been long with some really high highs and low lows for our family. We’ve had some great highs with our oldest making the Freshman Volleyball team at school. We’ve had some lows saying goodbye to our dog Harley after 13 1/2 years of life. Seasonal allergies have begun to hit hard making for long nights with the youngest. And on top of it all, I’ve been trying… Read More

We expect the Spirit to operate within our parameters, but we have it backwards. He expects us to operate within His. When He says move, we move. When He says wait, we wait. When He says speak, we speak. When He says be silent, we close our mouth. He expects us to be obedient to His leading. To trust His leading. Instead of thinking I know best, trust that He does. How… Read More

Train up a child in the way he should go;     even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 It’s not a promise, but a principal to practice. This unsuspected picture shines a light for me on the impact our practices in life have on our kids. Good or bad, they notice and imitate. My 2 year old daughter sat at my feet, took my hand, and bowed… Read More

Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. James 1:15 It’s interesting to me how sin works. From how it begins to its devastating outcome in our life. Yet, we continue to fall victim to it over, and over, and over again. Scripture is very clear where sin in our life begins; it’s rooted within the desires of ourself. When we entertain… Read More

We can become really good at saying the “right things”. It sounds good, maybe looks great on paper; it makes us and those who hear or read it feel better about the issue at hand. But what about when we fail to act in a way that supports what we say? I’ve always been fascinated and saddened at the same time, with large institutions who engage causes they hold high while failing… Read More