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No More NOT GOOD ENOUGH {37 of 40 Stories}

Moses spoke with God through a burning bush.Moses parted the Red Sea and helped the Israelites escape Egypt.Moses received the 10 Commandments. For all of the amazing ways the Lord worked through Moses, it may come as a surprise that Moses didn’t believe he was good enough. It’s true. Standing there in bare feet, because he was on holy ground, beside a burning bush, after God told him it was his duty to lead the Israelites out of slavery, Moses responds, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it”… Read more No More NOT GOOD ENOUGH {37 of 40 Stories}

Weaving a Story {35 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part… Read more Weaving a Story {35 of 40 Stories}

Believe {34 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. I take a deep breath before I open her bedroom door to turn out the lights, to say good night, to keep my mouth closed. There are too many words that will be dangerous if they escape. She smiles at me, eyes blue and rimmed with red because she has yelled and screamed and cried too much tonight.  Just hug her. Just hug her. Just hug her. And get out before your tongue gets loose. It is in the middle of my self-lecture that my… Read more Believe {34 of 40 Stories}

Radical Faith = Stamina + Tenacity {33 of 40 Stories}

There is a force in this world that I don’t like to acknowledge, but the truth is there is both good and evil at work. This force that I don’t like to think about prefers for us to be worn and tattered. He prefers for us to feel run down and guilty and not-good-enough. Because when we feel these things, it is harder to serve and love. Jesus said, “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” (Matthew 12:30)… Read more Radical Faith = Stamina + Tenacity {33 of 40 Stories}

How to find the celebration {31 of 40 Stories}

“I am angry enough to die.” These words take my breath away. Although you might imagine a child saying these words, in the midst of a tantrum, these particular words were spat by a man. A man, who when questioned by those getting to know him, identified himself as a Hebrew and a worshiper of the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land. A man who ran away from God. Jonah. A man with a narrow heart. The Lord sent him to Nineveh to give… Read more How to find the celebration {31 of 40 Stories}

BIG Grace {30 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Cornelius has been on my mind today. In the early days after Jesus was crucified and God sent the Holy Spirit, the disciples were out and preaching, trying to make sense of this shift in the way God communicated with them.  Just like humans today, the disciples were prejudice. It seems they thought they had it all figure out. They knew the kinds of people who were acceptable for God’s grace and mercy. They knew the kinds of people the Holy Spirit would move through… Read more BIG Grace {30 of 40 Stories}

Abba, Salvage This {29 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Have you ever tugged on a string hanging off of your sweater and suddenly the entire hem of the sweater is unraveled? I did that on a blanket once. I tugged on a string and it started to unravel. Even when I cut the string, a few days later it was hanging off and I’d tug on it, only to start the whole thing unraveling again. One little tug and the whole thing turned into a big tangled mess. Eventually it ended up in the… Read more Abba, Salvage This {29 of 40 Stories}