THE CHILL OF THE MORNING AIR sent a gentle shiver down my spine as I crawled out of my tent. In the distance I heard the call of a loon welcoming the dawn of another day.  An orange hue painted the eastern sky, making the wispy fog over the lake dance like fire. I followed... Continue Reading →

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Eden

"And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed…to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:8,15, ESV). We all have a purpose. We all have something inside of us, urging us to be more. We all want our lives to mean something,... Continue Reading →

Finding God’s Rest

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV). God Rests God never tires. He needs neither sleep nor repose.... Continue Reading →

Rest—Day 4

“The inner essence of worship is experiencing Christ as more satisfying than everything you lose in death and everything you have in life.” —John Piper At first glance this quote doesn’t appear to fit the subject of rest. Taken at face value it is about worship. But I contend that it has everything to do... Continue Reading →

Rest—Day 3

”In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in 'muchness' and 'manyness,' he will rest satisfied. Psychiatrist C.G. Jung once remarked, 'Hurry in not of the Devil; it is the Devil.'" —Robert Foster, Celebration of Discipline p.13 I can certainly identify with both Foster’s... Continue Reading →

Rest—Day 2

"And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2, ESV). Here we are introduced to a concept that played a huge role in the lives of Jews for millennia, rest. The word for “rested”... Continue Reading →

Rest–Day 1

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-11 ESV). If you are... Continue Reading →

Thirst

"My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God" (Psalms 42:2, ESV)? Desire Have you ever wanted something so completely that getting it meant more to you than eating or drinking? I certainly have. The anticipation is almost painful! I am admittedly OCD to begin with, but... Continue Reading →

Stand Back Up!

”If our Father had never let us fall, we would never have learned how to stand back up.” I remember holding onto the seat of that little blue bike and running behind to make sure that my son didn't crash to the ground. "He's so little," I rationalized to myself.  "Don't let go, daddy," he yelled.... Continue Reading →

The Way You Should Go

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you" (Psalms 32:8 ESV). I have spent far too many years praying that God would bless my choices and decisions. At face value, that doesn't seem like a bad thing. But did God send... Continue Reading →

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