Eyes of a Fool

”The discerning sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth” (Proverbs 17:24, ESV). The world promises…well…the world! We are told that if we are fast enough, strong enough, smart enough, we can have anything we want. And if we aren’t fast enough, strong enough or... Continue Reading →

Break Up!

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12 ESV). On Monday we were introduced to the world’s first garden. Planted by God, this garden was perfect. There are generally two types... Continue Reading →

Dirt

"And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth... Continue Reading →

Plow in Hope

“… the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop” (1 Corinthians 9:10, ESV). One of my keywords for this year, a mindful prompt that gives me focus through each day, is intentional. For me, that means doing everything for a reason. But more than that, it means... Continue Reading →

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 →

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