Category Archives: Still Moments

Still Moments-Kingdom Expansion In Progress 

...Cleaning out my “office closet” and going through old boxes of scratches and scribbling and came across this…

So it is with every attempt to do something significant for God. It is never simple. Whenever God stirs us to establish His Kingdom in a new place, the enemy is sure to taunt us. The devil always tries to convince us that we’ve tackled too much this time and we’ll soon be humiliated. 

For anyone struggling though a “Kingdom construction project” today, here is a gentle reminder to brush off the dust, straighten your hard hat and keep swinging your hammer. 

Still Moments – Love Shows Up

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I love what Katie Davis says, “Not that he apologizes for the hard and the hurt but that he enters in.” We can’t always fix it. We can’t always erase it. But we can show up and maybe ease it, even for just a bit. We can sit. We can cry. We can pray. We can enter in. This is love in action. 

Still Moments – Surrendering to Something 

  A great reminder on this Monday morning…

“The fact is, if we don’t surrender to Jesus we’ll surrender to something else – to chaos or confusion, to the opinions of others, or to habits that we can’t control. We will surrender to something or someone.” Jack Graham 

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1 NLT)

Still Moments – Come As You Are

This Sunday the invitation is a simple one – come as you are. Wherever you are, in whatever condition you may find yourself. Let rescue begin…this is why it’s to Him I run.

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
(Crowder, Come As You Are)

Still Moments – Get Personal

Here is a truth. Jesus did not die on a cross so that he could continue to speak to you primarily through some other person, movie, or book. Christ came and suffered to be known intimately by you and to open up the the lines of communication blocked by the fall of mankind. He came that He might speak mightily and directly to you. Scripture is clear when it says “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) It does not say that we are to approach the throne standing behind a human mediator. ~Adam Stadtmiller 

Sometimes the writer needs to become the reader…and that’s exactly where I have found myself in recent days. This passage spoke so loudly and resonated so clearly in my cluttered mind. It’s reminder, profound in it’s simplicity. It’s message, intimate in it’s invitation.

Christ came and suffered to be known deeply by you. The throne God sits on is a throne of grace that will offer you what you need and allow you to receive mercy and find grace. 

If you have been running, maybe it’s time to just be still. Clear out the clutter and the noise, the self-help would-have, should-have banter, and get back to the basics.

Still Moments – Friday Five (again)

Alright, let’s try this again. Many of you humored me last Friday and came up with a list of five things. (See my original list here.)  I’m challenging you to do the same thing this week only you have to pick different things to be thankful for. You may have to dig a little deeper this week.

The rules are the same. Five things, ridiculous or serious, big or small, that you are thankful for this morning. Again though, don’t just stop with the list. Take a moment while you’re reflecting and remember where all of our blessings come from. Turn your list into a prayer of thanksgiving.

Here is my Friday five list…

1.) My husband….He works so hard and it was so nice to have him home all week for the first time in five weeks!

2.) Piano duets…playing the piano with my daughter warms my heart. Music, specifically piano, is a family tradition. And while I love heart and soul it’s nice to have been able to move on to something a little more difficult.

3.) A reliable car…my car gets taken for granted but I was struck this morning by how much time (and how many miles) we spend in it in any given week and I don’t have to worry that we won’t be able to get where we are going.

4.) Duck face selfies…compliments of my son who changed my lock screen on my phone to his absurd picture. Every time I have since picked up my phone, his goofiness has made me smile.

5.) Laughter…this week brought a 5 year milestone since my grandfather passed away and I cannot think of him without thinking of his laugh. He brought so much joy into life and always, always, always loved a good laugh.

These things, each of them random and seemingly disconnected are blessings, gifts from God. Laughter, music, family…

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (‭Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NLT)
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭20‬ NLT)

I would love to hear yours again this week!

Happy Friday! Tis the season for gratitude. Finish the week strong with a thankful heart.

Still Moments – Friday Five

Good morning! I want to challenge you all to start off today with a thankful heart. So, right now, wherever you are, take a minute and make a list of five things you are thankful for. Big, small, serious, ridiculous, the key is being thankful RIGHT NOW for (at least) five things. (I don’t know why five. Three seemed like it would be too easy and Friday and five both start with F, so there you go.) Don’t just stop with your list though, take your list and turn it into a prayer of thanksgiving. Recognize where each of those blessings came from.
Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (‭Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NLT)
And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭20‬ NLT)

My Friday Five
1.) It’s Friday…enough said.
2.) Football Prayer Services (pep talks with God as Ty calls them) and the ability to send my kids to a school where a priority is placed on prayer. (Please Lord keep these boys safe this weekend.)
3.) Good coffee and a beautiful sunrise. I know that’s two but they go together in my book. I might as well throw cinnamon rolls on this number too because they were part of the coffee/sunrise combo this morning.
4.) School uniforms and French braids and headbands because they make mornings soooo much easier.
5.) Words and all of you who read my words and share my words. (And when you share with me the way God is working through them – wow! Just wow!)

What are your five? I would love to hear them!

Have a fantastic Friday! Go forth and be thankful.

Still Moments – Anchored in The Rock

Life has a way of testing our anchors and tempting us to drift. Nevertheless, if our anchors are correctly placed in the rock of our Redeemer, they will hold no matter the force of the wind, the strength of the tide, or the height of the waves. ~Dieter F Uchtdorf

My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22‬:‭3‬ NLT)

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Still Moments – A Time Out Today

“Our heart in Lent is simply to de-clutter our self-absorbed lives. Making room to remember how our Lord suffered for us.” Kendall Haug

Maybe you aren’t observing Lent or maybe you have already thrown in the towel this year. I would encourage you today, take at least a moment and give it to God. Reflect on the cross and what it truly represented, not to you but to Christ.

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all! Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the Lord ? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.
(Psalms 22:1, 6-8, 14-18 NLT)

Lead me to the cross…