adventure is out there… well, not exactly.

“we may earnestly desire to be patient and holy. but we may be missing the fact that it is here where we happen to be at this moment and not in another place or another time that we may learn to love HIM– here where it seems HE is not at work, where HIS will seems obscure or frightening, where HE is not doing what we expected HIM to do, where HE is [seemingly] most absent. here any nowhere else is the appointed place. if faith does not go to work here, it will not go to work at all.”

-elisabeth elliot

Despite what it seems or how it feels, this is a perfectly, appointed time, place and season. This is not a mistake. This is not left to random chance or circumstance. This season is part of the story and this part is necessary.

Adventure is out there…. well, not exactly. It’s here and now. In this moment. It is here and nowhere else that I am to….serve HIM….. to trust HIM…. to follow HIM…to believe HIM… to worship HIM…to surrender to HIM… to love HIM.

Even in the barren wilderness when it feels as if all is lost….

Even when His ways are not the ones we would have liked or chosen for ourselves…

Even when we can’t see the way ahead of us and fear of the unknown rises within us…

Even when following Him means bearing up our crosses and dying to our agendas, plans and dreams…

Even in unbearable loss, pain and unanswered questions…

Even when He seems most quiet and inactive…

It is HERE and ONLY HERE that we will learn to love Him.

It’s not another day and time. Not another location or career or task.

The adventure of loving Jesus is here and for the taking.

He bids us to follow HIM. To rest in His leading and trust His heart.

Even in the seasons that we can’t decipher His purposes in them…

He bids us to follow Him. Take the next step that’s ahead of you and rest in who He is and what He has promised.

He is faithful and true… He will never relent being just that.

The current circumstances that you may find yourself in today- isn’t happenstance.

It has God-appointed purpose.

Love Him… even through the tears, through the unknowns, through the heartache, through the trials and pain, through the uncertainty.

It’s here and nowhere else that we may learn to love Him.

So love Him my dear friends. Love Him.

Adventure is here and nowhere else.

This Too Is In His Hands…

If I believe that my God parted the Red Sea, brought dead men to life, healed the blind and lame, fed thousands and conquered nations (using the weakest and most unlikely of men and women, I might add) Then what is my situation to God Almighty? Why do I think that though He has been faithful to the multitudes- this time He won’t be to me? When I look inward to myself, my situation seems too difficult, too complicated, too complex, too big for Him. Why do I forfeit such perfect peace? Truth is, I’d rather wallow in worry and in the fear of the unknown than look to Jesus for my strength and help.

“Father, keep me from the narcissistic thought that my situation is the exception and it is too mighty for You to handle. Forgive me from thinking that the circumstances of my life are better and safer in my hands than in Yours. Nothing is too difficult or out of Your Sovereign control. Nothing is lost on You or forgotten by You. It is me, that sees things being either big or small- not You. You are my ever present Help, my Stronghold and Refuge in times of chaos, fear and danger. You are the Lifter of my head and the Upholder of my life. Teach me, dear Lord, to see life’s situations as You do. You are still reigning regardless of the unexplained violence in Charleston, court rulings, and the hatred of different skin colors and people groups. You are still on Your Throne even through the deepest heartache and darkest night. Make my heart believe that because I have You- I lack nothing. Remind me that Your love is enough and that it can never be withdrawn from me. Teach my heart to know the unexplained peace that only comes from communion with You. Not my will, but Yours be done. Not my kingdom come, but Yours. Regardless of the circumstances, let my heart say, (though it may tremble and my voice shake)  “This too is in Your hands and under Your control.” I need not fear when the waters rise, when doubt assails, when I feel overwhelmed and alone. When You are silent and it seems that You must have forgotten. You are the Faithful, Mighty God of Abraham, of Moses, David, Job, Ester, Ruth, Isaiah, and Paul. You are the God that leads Your people by clouds and fire. You divide waters and demolish strong cities with shouts and trumpet blasts. You bring dry bones to life. You redeem the prodigal and wanderer. You beautify the ugly. You restore the wasted years eaten  by locusts. You are the God of overflowing mercy, unending faithfulness and unfailing Love. Everything that You say You are- is completely true. No if and or buts. You are who You say You are. You can be trusted. You aren’t just the God of the saints of old but You are my God! Your Presence dwells and fills me. I do not need to fear the unknowns in this life. Everything is known by You. I am secure. I am safe. Whatever may come…. it too is in His Hands. Rest, dear heart. He has overcome the word. I need not be afraid.”

“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”

{Elisabeth Elliot}

The Aim of Adoration: What we value most either ruins or restores us

“If our worship to God isn’t changing us, our worship to something else is.” -Aaron Williams
This is an awesome post on authentic worship written my friend Aaron Williams. Be blessed, encouraged and challenged. I sure was! 🙂

Breakfast at Spurgeon’s No. 2- The Precious Blood of Christ

“Standing at the foot of the cross, we see hands, and feet, and side, all distilling crimson streams of precious blood. It is “precious” because of its redeeming and atoning efficacy. By it the sins of Christ’s people are atoned for; they are redeemed from under the law; they are reconciled to God, made one with him. Christ’s blood is also “precious” in its cleansing power; it “cleanseth from all sin.” “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Through Jesus’ blood there is not a spot left upon any believer, no wrinkle nor any such thing remains. O precious blood, which makes us clean, removing the stains of abundant iniquity, and permitting us to stand accepted in the Beloved, notwithstanding the many ways in which we have rebelled against our God. The blood of Christ is likewise “precious” in its preserving power. We are safe from the destroying angel under the sprinkled blood. Remember it is God’s seeing the blood which is the true reason for our being spared. Here is comfort for us when the eye of faith is dim, for God’s eye is still the same. The blood of Christ is “precious” also in its sanctifying influence. The same blood which justifies by taking away sin, does in its after-action, quicken the new nature and lead it onward to subdue sin and to follow out the commands of God. There is no motive for holiness so great as that which streams from the veins of Jesus. And “precious,” unspeakably precious, is this blood, because it has an overcoming power. It is written, “They overcame through the blood of the Lamb.” How could they do otherwise? He who fights with the precious blood of Jesus, fights with a weapon which cannot know defeat. The blood of Jesus! sin dies at its presence, death ceases to be death: heaven’s gates are opened. The blood of Jesus! we shall march on, conquering and to conquer, so long as we can trust its power!” 

{ C. H. S P U R G E O N }

Tea at Elisabeth’s No.2- Definition of a Lady


_MG_9977-2“To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is godly, and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity…. the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.” 

[ E L I S A B E T H   E L L I O T ]

Courage, dear heart.

IMG_7252“Now, this is what the Lord says- the One who created you, and the One who formed you-

‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name;

YOU ARE MINE. 

I will be with you when you pass through the waters, 

and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.

You will not be scorched, when you walk through the fire,

and the flame will not burn you.

For I, Yahweh- Your God, the Holy One of Israel,

and Your Savior, has ransomed you. 

Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, 

and I love you.

Do not fear, for I am with you.”

(Isaiah 43:1-5)

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“Courage, dear heart.” (C.S. Lewis)

Trust your God.

Rest in His promises.

Believe Him.

Step out onto the waters.

He’s holding you,

and He by no means, has any intention of letting you go.

He’s never failed and He won’t start now.

Tea at Elisabeth’s No. 1- Glad Surrender

“Lord, give me a quiet heart,

That does not ask to understand,

But confident steps forward in

The darkness guided by Thy Hand.”

“This was my heart’s desire then. It is the same today. A willing acceptance of all that God assigns and a glad surrender of all that I am and have constitute the key to receiving the gift of a quiet heart. Whenever I have balked, the quietness goes. It is restored and life immeasureably simplified, when I have trusted and obeyed. God loves us with an everlasting love. He is unutterably merciful and kind, and sees to it that not a day passes without the opportunity for new applications of the old truth of becoming a child of God. This, to me, sums up the meaning of life.” 

[ E L I S A B E T H   E L L I O T ]

Desert Places, Watered Gardens and Isaiah 58

{ “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden; like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” }

-Isaiah 58:11

10523718_10205508246136693_2356977103962871900_nThis is a promise. Notice this isn’t a maybe or a probably or a most likely. No, this is a fact- a clear reality which can be banked upon. He will guide us continually. For He has promised: “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) “Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) In every season, every second that our hearts are beating- He is guiding us, leading us and continually with us. There is never a point where we are forgotten, left out, or where God dropped the ball on our lives. No, He will faithfully guide us- even through the scorched and desert places. Even in those wilderness and dry seasons when we feel nothing. We don’t understand what God is doing or how the pain we feel will somehow be for His glory and our good. When we feel betrayed, misguided and abandoned. Jesus longs to meet us there. He reminds us that there is not one step in this life that we will have to walk alone. Often times God takes us to the wilderness and scorched places to remind us that He is truly all that we need. He strips us of all other dependencies and other loves so that we can see that He alone is what we need and the only thing that will satisfy the depths of our longing souls. (Think of Hosea and Gomer)

Elisabeth Elliot wrote these profound and true words on the wilderness:

“We may earnestly desire to be obedient and holy. But we may be missing the fact that it is here, where we happen to be in this moment and not another place or another time, that we may learn to love Him- here where it seems that He is not at work, where His will seems obscure or frightening, where He is not doing what we expected Him to do, where He is most absent. Here and nowhere else is the appointed place. If faith does not go to work here, it will not go to work at all.”

Elisabeth Elliot, (from The Path of Loneliness)

It is in the scorched places where we have the opportunity to be made strong. It is not when life is easy and carefree that we grow most but through the trials, through the pain, through the fiery refinement- that is when we are made most strong. It is in those times that we can learn to feast upon the riches of Christ alone. It is in these seasons where we learn to agree with Asaph’s declaration:

“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me to glory. Whom have I in Heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire beside You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:23-26)

“And you will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” When we drink deeply of the Living Water our souls are satisfied yet thirsty still for more and more of Him. As we seek Christ as our Source for life and joy- it can’t help but overflow into every area of our lives. We can’t help but speak of Him and rejoice in His goodness and long that all men may come to the Fountain and find life. People will notice that we aren’t like the rest. We live life a little different from the world- our outlook and perspective isn’t the most common or popular, our aspirations and joys are not like the worlds. It should be our prayer that as a result of our lives feasting upon the goodness of Jesus- the world is drawn to the Hope that lives within us. We have the opportunity and privilege to be little springs of water in this thirsty world. And by the power of the Holy Spirit-  lead them to the Well of Living Water.

Whatever stage of this verse you find yourself in- whether it is the struggle to trust God’s leading or guiding in your life- rest in His promises. They are facts. They are realities upon which we can bank our everything upon. Whether it is the struggle to find satisfaction- I urge you dear one to believe – that He alone satisfies us- even in the driest droughts of the soul. Yes, this season is agonizing and painful. I have been there and am well acquainted with this wilderness. It is not easy in the slightest, but dare to believe your God and let Him go to work at your heart. Whether you are in a season where you are as a watered garden- I urge you to continually be watered but Jesus- He alone can produce the fruit in us. There is not a point where we are no longer in need of further grace and mercy. There is no point where we can say, “I have arrived.” (As Elisabeth Elliot said once.) Go again and again to your Source. Be continually filled up with more and more of Jesus. When people are drawn to you- point them to Jesus- the One who has made what was once a desolate and dead life- now a flourishing garden full of the life of Christ. May He be your Sustenance and Supply. He is truly the Well that will never run dry.

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, “Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.” Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from the misty lowlands where I have wandered so long.”

-A.W. Tozer

Breakfast at Spurgeons- No. 1- Songs in the Night

“Religion is not a thing merely for your intellect; a thing to prove your own talent upon, by making a syllogism on it; it is a thing that demands your faith. As a messenger of heaven, I demand that faith; if you do not choose to give it, on your own head be doom, if there is such; if there be not, you are prepared to risk it. But I have done my duty; I have told you the truth; that is enough, and there I leave it. O Christian, instead of disputing, let me tell thee how to prove your religion. Live it out! Live it out! Give thee external as well as internal evidence; give the external evidence of your own life. You are sick; there is your neighbor, who laughs at religion; let him come into your house . When he was sick, he said, “O send for the doctor;” and there he was fretting, and fuming, and whining, and making all manner of noises. When you are sick, send for him; tell him that you are resigned to the Lord’s will; that you will kiss the chastening rod; that you will take the cup, and drink it, because your Father gives it. You need not make a boast of this, or it will lost all its power; but do it because you cannot help but doing it. Your neighbor will say, “There is something in that.” And when you come to the borders of the grave- he was there once, and you heard how he shrieked, and how frightened he was- give him your hand, and say to him, “Ah! I have a Christ that will do to die by; I have a religion that will make me sing in the night.” Let him hear how you sings, “Victory! Victory! Victory!” Through Him that loved you. I tell you, we may preach fifty thousand sermons to prove the Gospel, but we shall not prove it half so well as you will through singing in the night. Keep a cheerful frame; keep a happy heart; keep a contented spirit; keep your eye up, and your heart aloft, and you will prove Christianity better than all the wise men that ever lived. Give them an analogy of a holy life, and then you will prove religion to them; give them the evidence of internal piety, developed externally, and you will give the best possible proof of Christianity. Try and sing songs in the night; for they are so rare, that if though canst sing them, thou wilt honor thy God, and bless thy friends.”

{Charles Haddon Spurgeon}

excerpt of “Songs in the Night”

preached at New Park Chapel, Southwark, England

February 27,1888

Read the entire sermon here

Betrayed and Arrested

I came across this devotional a few weeks back on She Reads Truth. In light of Good Friday, I wanted to share an excerpt with you all. Thank you, Ellie Holcomb for beautifully articulating such weighty, painful, yet glorious Truth. To read the original post in its entirety (I highly recommend it)  click here.11126953_10206783257891190_1831447374_n


“He suffered for us, so we could know that we never face betrayal or any sort of suffering alone. Emmanuel, God with us. Let’s take our pain, our breaking hearts, our anger, our questions, and all the things in life that make us feel powerless and helpless to Him today.
He was arrested so we could be set free.
He was deserted so we could know we’re never alone.
He was betrayed so we could be held in the arms of Love.” -Ellie Holcomb

(excerpt from She Reads Truth devotional “Betrayed and Arrested” by Ellie Holcomb)