It Is Settled

“Elijah answered the captain, ‘If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.”

Here, in this place, on this hill, God settled it. In a moment blazing hot flares penetrated the atmosphere and struck the sacrifice with force. There was no question in Elijah’s mind as to whether God actually has the power he claims to have. Elijah knew with assurance that the Most High Provider God was on his throne in that moment, just as He always is. Unmovable. Unchangeable. Love perched, life-giving, God-breathing King. However, Elijah may have wondered how God would choose to show up in this situation before Elijah opened his mouth to ask God to pour fire onto the hill. Although we often know God is King, that He is at work, we don’t always know how He is at work, or what exactly He is up to. This is not our job. Our job is to believe that God is who He says He is and He can do all that He professes. Our job is to rest in the knowledge that He sees the big picture and has scripted the big story and He is trustworthy truth and grace God-Head. You may not see it in your circumstances today, but know that the God you pray to this day is victorious, that it is finished, that the cross is complete and the resurrection means salvation for you, this day, and always. It is settled.

Location: Mount Horeb, Israel

The End of The Day

The end of January can feel celebratory if the year is off to a jump start! But it can also feel deflating if the resolutions, goals and hopes for a new year are not being met. The truth is, the way you finish the year is much more important than how you begin. This is also true for our days – and at the end of a day, we always know the sunset is not the end of the story.

One night in Israel, the sun set fantastically along the horizon as we floated on the Jesus-Replica on the Galilean Sea. Two thousand years ago, the sun set on that same horizon line with Simon Peter, Thomas and Nathanael squashed together on a boat too small to host their discouraged and wearied hearts. The Son of God had hung high on a Roman Execution tree just days earlier, his blood mixing with tree bark and the disciples’ tears mixing with deep confusion. All was lost. The darkness of the night seemed inescapable. However, just as sure as the sunset promises a new sunrise, the disciples were about to see a Great Son Rise too. Discouragement can sweep in from all sides of life and the battles we face can rage. The darkness can feel encompassing, but be assured, the Sun will rise because the Son did rise. Hours after the sun went down around the disciples, light broke upon the shores of the sea and God himself stood in flesh. He was made new, and the disciples raced to the shore to experience communion and intimacy with Christ over a fish breakfast. Similarly, God can make every piece of your life and circumstances new through your intimate connection to him, made possible by the darkest night of all followed by the Greatest Son Rise known to man. With God, the dark night is never the end of the story.

Stop Signs

Stop signs can feel so annoying when you are in a hurry to get somewhere. No one rejoices at the blinking of a big old red light. But The lights are actually what keep us safe and allow us to travel with peace and security. Often, The stop signs we face in life feel limiting when in fact they are the protection we need to navigate with wisdom and to receive guidance from God. It’s often at those stop lights that we take a moment to reflect and even redirect our route to go where we most need to be and to do the things that are best to do. I’m learning to love the stop lights and learning to trust they are for my good and benefit. God has placed stop lights strategically and with love and they are more important than they seem.

“You gave your good spirit to instruct them.” – Nehemiah 9:20

Don’t Lose Sight of Light

Booster cables have become very important for my travel plans this month as unanswered car troubles have left me stranded in the funniest places. Although, it hasn’t seemed so funny in the moment … Inconveniences rarely are appreciated int he moment. Similarly, in any room, it can be easy to see inconveniences and frustrations and completely miss the light in a space. We often take light for granted – although we could do nothing without light.

Christ is Light.

Without Jesus, we are powerless.

I recently drove home after a day with inconveniences, car troubles, and frustrations – and while I drove, I recognized my misplaced focus. I had lost sight of light – and the moment I lose sight of light, I power right down.

I remember meditating on light in Nazareth Village one year ago in Israel…

I was given a gift there, a small clay lamp with a tiny wick. Jesus would have ignited lamps like this in the same way that he ignites and consumes hearts today with light – with goodness that blazes. There are certain aspects of our purpose and our lives that we question; however our call to be light is never a matter of confusion. God is clear in His word that we were made to be light in the world. The flashflood of God’s good presence is not meant for us to keep to ourselves, and we will not experience the fulfillment God intends us to until we let light shine through us. As we make space in our lives to experience more God-light, we will be compelled to let our own beams be a signal of God’s Kingdom on earth. It begins by choosing to see God’s light, and by choosing to believe that He is a God who sees, who cares and who acts mercifully towards us. This light knowledge and heart belief changes the perspective we have of our circumstances. We can see more clearly, our days don’t feel so blurred and we can help others do the same. We cannot offer what we do not have. May our own experience of God’s unrelenting light create hope for everyone we encounter today.


Who Am I?

One year ago, I stood near Caesarea Philippi. It was November, Christmas was around the corner – and I remember asking myself, who is Jesus – really? 

That night I lay awake, and began scrawling in a notebook…

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” – Matthew 16:13-16 NIV

Near Caesarea, up in the in high hills intricately crafted niches are the remnants of pagan idols that once invoked the worship of many in Jesus’ time. This was the place that Jesus chose to bring his disciples to ask them a pointed question, “Who do you say that I am?” Only Peter spoke with bounding heart knowledge, professing that Jesus is the Son of God, Messiah, King. Jesus intentionally asked the question in this place, where many humans came to search for truth – and were deceived to believe that by giving themselves to stone idols, there, they could find truth, meaning and purpose. Today Jesus, who travelled the birth canal, who slipped under the currents of the Jordan, who crafted the cosmos, bounced upon a stinking donkey through noisy hosanna palm branches, and poured blood stains down the same streets as he travelled to skull hill one week later … God who died – to offer you a white heart slate … God who came back days later on the Galilean shores to announce fish breakfast to the disciples…Fish breakfast of all things! This Father-God-Spirit-Son asks you today, “Who am I?” He asks you in the midst of bustle, and He asks you in the moments when you begin to offer your heart to idols that will not satisfy – money, acceptance, power, happiness. He asks because He knows that unless He is your First Love – You will never be satisfied. He doesn’t stand far off from the state of your heart, even when your own search for truth and and meaning leads you to false idols – No He enters in, He gets your attention, and He asks kindly, “Who am I, to you?”

Thankfully, Jesus has not changed since I wrote these words. He is the same yesterday, today and always. When you go to God, you always know who you will find, you always know where you stand with him – but you rarely know what He will do. This is the greatest adventure.

Restore My Soul

 Sisterhood happens anywhere the Gospel lives. It is a way of life that flows rich out of Gospel blood, Gospel love and Gospel grace.

But sometimes we forget the Cross-message: You are enough in Me. And I am enough for you. Rest here.

We are restored by His love and we reclaim Our Identity. The Gospel leads us to reclaim our position in Him and we STAND.




Named Purpose.


Close your eyes for a moment and experience the word picture David has painted for the children of God that has comforted hearts for centuries and guided the bravest through vast stormy waters.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Satisfied – room for all)
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.[a]
He restores my soul.

Rest …
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, (perfect love casts out fear)

Reflect …
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;

David reflects, even in the presence of those who hate him, there is a feast prepared!
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Declare: I have more than enough. I refuse to live with a poverty mindset

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

Believe: I expect good things. I Hope in Him. I am replenished.

Living with a restored soul involves rest and reflection and results in replenishment.

The Gospel is a mighty fountain of Restoration. It has restored me…

My sweet grandma and I lie in her tiny hospital bed, eye to eye. Tears are spilling down her wrinkled cheeks. She knows goodbye is imminent. I don’t want her to leave me. We’ve recited it so many times … But in this helpless moment, hope is just beginning to flare – Hope is born in the darkest places…

And I say it out loud, “The Lord is my Shepherd…”

Her and I have said it so many times: On the gravel road during harvest time as the combines roar, before breakfast on the early morning after a sleepover, on the phone as I lay awake, sick, homesick and provinces away.

We’ve recited this so many times.

Now, I lay beside her and she is dying and in those moments of goodbye, I am stirred by a love message ringing loud. Her voice is too weak to join mine so I speak for both of us: “The Lord is My Shepherd … He restores my soul.” 

Her soul, mind heart and body; about to be fully restored.

Just as I am recognizing my own restored state,

Her new life in heaven.

Mine declared bold on earth.

Something about that moment releases me to rest in the love of God. To let Him be enough, and let me be nothing – Come as you are, He says. Empty vessel. Let Me Give Everything. You offer nothing. Only open your heart to receive my love.

If we do not have love, we have nothing. What about when we can’t feel it?

Bible Scholars say David was facing extreme anxiety while penning the famous Psalm. God had spoken great promises to David, but he’s stuck in the Desert.

We all have desert moments and anxious concerns … How will I pay these bills? Will I ever get a new job? Will I ever get married? Will my kids hate me forever? Will my circumstances ever change? Will I ever kick this addiction? Will I ever be able to tell anyone?

What do we do in those moments we have no strength to Rise, to STAND?

David feels like He cannot restore himself … He has forgotten His position.  

To reclaim His identity, David doesn’t say I AM. He points to who GOD IS, to him.

We cannot restore ourselves, and we mustn’t try. But we can reclaim.

God has already restored and will continue to restore, and we must reclaim.

Reclaiming is not about generating something new, building, creating or conjuring something up. Reclaiming is about recovering something lost. It is about restoring back to what was originally intended. In Eden.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.”

This reminding and restoring gives David the strength to Rise up and STAND.

When you find your identity in who God is, and you rest there, you are empowered to live Gospel Grace.


Secure with the dogged refusal to believe the lie that you are not enough and you don’t have enough.

Together, standing in healthy, interdependent relationships – receiving grace from Calvary so you can give it lavishly.

Authentic so the whole world knows the Great Grace story is not for the perfect, it’s for those willing to receive it. To show up and be real. To be vulnerable. To be brave.

Named for purposes that are vast, creative and unique – trusting fully as you depend on God.

Inviting Diverse voices and perspectives to come sit at your table!

When David is restored, He shows others Who God is. This POSITION is the Great Commission.

David becomes the very fragrance of Jesus to thousands and thousands of hope-hungry men and women spanning centuries.

David’s words were the fragrance that filled that little hospital room as my grandma slipped from earth to glory.

As we are restored, we rise and stand, we become the fragrance of Christ for all to inhale.

… I remember my grandma’s withered hands. A pioneer’s daughter, a hard working mama, a Jesus-trusting woman. I remember how her hands reached to pull mine up in her final moments on earth – so that I could see love. So that I could Rise up and STAND.

Together, we are lifting one another to Rise up and STAND in position.

To live as restored, powerful people – at rest in Him.


Walk Slow

Every time He said the name of Jesus, his eyes welled up and tears of sopping gratitude slipped out. A new-comer to Canada, born and raised in India, Ben was on the journey of a lifetime. He told me about dramatically coming to believe in Jesus, in a country where most don’t believe. He had seen family members resurrected and lives completely transformed by the Gospel message.

I was in a rush that morning … and nearly missed this conversation with Ben…

Ben began to sense God urging Him to move to Canada, but that would mean quitting his job, leaving his family and everything He had worked hard to build in India. He was a successful business man there.

Even while He spoke, I kept rudely glancing at my watch…

After several months of stalling, Ben said to God, If you want me to move to Canada, you need to make it blazingly clear today. Before the sun set, a stranger approached Ben’s car, leaned in the window and said, “God has told you many times you need to move to Canada, now go!” 

The next day Ben began making arrangements and searching for work in Canada. Although other lucrative employment opportunities came up in the United States, Ben was committed to following in Faith. God provided a prominent position for Ben in Toronto and continues to lead His feet with purpose as Ben moves in faith…

Finally, my hurried heart settled, in the same way Ben settled his mind to move in step with God’s voice…

After deciding to move to Canada, Ben could not ignore the nagging thought he should be trained in Information Technology. He studied day and night to complete the IT training, and hardly read his Bible or did anything for anyone else during that time. Sometimes, obedience looks like being buried in books. He knew this was exactly what God was asking Him to do, even if it didn’t appear “Spiritual” to anyone else.

My priorities were rearranged that day by Ben’s story, and peace grew and resulted in my life from this conversation. To think, I nearly missed the restorative reminder to listen up, walk slow and live in peace.


“Bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” – Isaiah 61:3

At the Sea of Galilee, there were lapping waves and flittering people, excited to see this sacred place of God. There were stories in the rocks, the waves and the geography that brought the Gospels to life. The lowest freshwater lake on earth is one of high and lofty significance for the Christ-follower. There is nothing outwardly glamorous about this small body of water, by simply taking a peek, you would never know of the supernatural power displayed here many times by God-Man Christ. The lake is only about thirteen by seven miles wide and long. Simple. Unimpressive. This sailboat was reconstructed when pieces were discovered in 1986 and have been replicated to make the “Jesus Boat” – a replica of the sailboat from the scriptures. It took time to restore it, but someone believed it could be done, someone had faith. Sometimes, it’s difficult to have faith. However, God is the faith giver and you and I, like the small sea, have a story marked by the Most High God.

Father, No situation is beyond your hand of ultimate restoration and there is no stronghold stronger than you. Give me faith to believer your rebuilding power, please continue to re-create my God-given story each day.

Be Found

“Peace is not found at a place, but by abiding in a person” – Ann Voskamp.

These words recently spoke to me from a friend’s plain old refrigerator door – how like God to use the ordinary to be extraordinary. So often, I live just wanting to arrive – but where exactly is it that I am trying to get? Daily, I have the choice to believe I am where I need to be – because HE says I am in Him. When I get focused on living and abiding In Him, I forget to worry about scurrying to arrive somewhere. Life becomes fulfilling and enjoyable just in the living. The dripping ice cream cones melt life into my soul and the Barbequed chicken tastes like provision from God. I can see the wonder of spray parks bursting with drops, giggles, and sun-scorched cheeky tikes become evidence of a blessed city. And all begins to feel like gift, and peace pervades, unhindered by wavering circumstances. God’s Spirit gives me power to develop a Godly mindset – and a Godly mindset is the birthplace of a liberated life in Christ.

Father, may your deep peace seep in me today because I am found in the one who formed the world –I can rest there – enjoy the spacious place you have made for me there – and as I find my feet planted In you, all fear fades… because you say it must… and peace remains. This is where I want to be found.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. – 1 John 4:18


“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” – Romans 8:22

During our time in Israel we visited the Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center. As we walked through the children’s memorial, the precious names of God’s created ones were read with somber respect. The memorial was dark, and candles surrounded us as we moved through the mirrors and flickering lights – each honoring one life. There were so many valuable, defenseless little ones killed during the Holocaust that names are listed for days without repeat in the memorial center. The memorial was built by a couple living in California. The couple had a son killed in a death camp during the Holocaust when he was only four years old. Four. The architecture of the center is unfinished, purposefully, to symbolize the incompleteness of such young lives. This effect conveyed a fragmented feel, incomplete. We too live much of our lives in a fragmented state because we experience pain, loss and death. I couldn’t help but think of my young friend Kelli who recently passed away unexpectedly at twenty-five years old. There is no pat answer or easy explanation for this kind of loss. This is because God’s plan is unfinished, the earth is in a state of waiting and groaning – it’s incomplete. We have the Spirit of God, but live in a world broken by the effects of sin and decay. However, the unfinished architecture of our lives is not the end of the story. We know that we are moving forward, we are going somewhere and instead of settling to be fragmented, we can decide to be constantly “In progress”, marching on towards wholeness as God brings His Kingdom to Earth in our hearts through His mighty Spirit. March on soldiers! Shalom.