Be Love

You are not what failure or "what-could-have-been" have accused you of. You aren't what's left after rejection, loss, and pain have assaulted you. And you're not what you've called yourself in your darkest moments. You are who God says you are. If you don't know who he’s been saying you are, start here: God is …

But God

Some days just hurt—intense physical pain, unhealed emotional wounds, unresolved circumstances, unfulfilled promises, and questions which have had no answers. But. Please don't give in. Don't quit. Refuse to agree with hopelessness and fear. Remember who you are—you’re God’s royal child, and his kingdom is made of joy (Rom. 14:17). Joy is your inheritance, part …

Perfect

“Be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). “Be perfect.” Jesus didn’t say that because you’re not allowed to make mistakes. “Perfect” (teleios) means to become complete, whole, mature, and to be filled with God's character. Every time you fail, it’s an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus by letting him …

He Lives in You

Directly or indirectly, religion often teaches we need to be desperate enough for God to visit us, and that we have to behave well enough for him to fix the problems we can't. Eventually, that will show up in our lives as frustration and discouragement. Then we make things worse by punishing our failures, pain, …

After the Storm

I took this a couple years ago, after a pretty rough storm. You may feel like the flower looks—a little beat up after all you've been going through. Not perfect, but alive, healing, and getting stronger. You can focus on the damage the last storm did until the fear of another one takes control of …