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Reflections on 1 Samuel

At the end of this week in 1 Samuel it was actually something in the most widely known story of this book that stood out to me and is where I’m centering my heart. Despite reading and hearing the story of David and Goliath more times than I can count in my life, God still brought new application for my life from these timeless truths. This time it came in reading a different version than I’m used to reading. In the CEV translation a contrast between Saul and David arose.

Later on in the book we see David and Saul as enemies but none of that has come to the surface back in chapter 17. As David prepares to fight Goliath with Saul’s permission the CEV translation captures a subtle but perhaps huge difference about each man’s focus heading into battle and dependence on the Lord.

In verse 36 Saul tells David: “… I hope the Lord will help you.”

While a few verses later as David stands face-to-face with Goliath he declares: “Today, the Lord will help me!”

Saul was hopeful.

David was convinced.

As I went back and looked at other translations and even the original language unfortunately I can’t point with clarity that different words were used, however the context and the story itself seem to support this difference in their attitudes.

  • Saul gets all worried about dressing David up in armor to protect him. David takes it off and trusts what he knows: “The battle is the Lord’s”
  • Saul is the King, the mighty warrior leading an entire army who is afraid of the giant. They’ve heard the taunts of Goliath day after day and have only let fear increase. David, the shepherd boy, too young to be in the army, hears the taunts once and is determined to risk his life to quiet the insults.
  • Saul is focused on victory for human gain. David only cares about honoring God’s name.

So whether the original language shows a difference in these two men’s words or not, I think we can clearly see behind the words their hearts were indeed in different places. I wonder if their attitude back even at this point had anything to do with the trajectory of each of their lives. On the surface they were similar. Both were king. Both led battles. Both sinned and walked away from God… big time. Yet how they recovered from those defeats was drastically different.

David was humbled when called out. Saul got defensive.

David repented. Saul acted out.

David is remembered as “a man after God’s own heart”. Saul died falling on his own sword after being wounded in a battle with the Philistines, the same group of people David declared victory over back in chapter 17.

I can’t help but wonder if many of these difference can be traced back to that one key difference… Saul HOPED God would come through, David KNEW he would.

It brings me to a reflection of my own heart. Am I fearlessly confident in my amazing, all-powerful, victorious God or simply optimistically hopeful? Am I convinced or wavering? Am I centered on the things of this world or the name and glory of Jesus? It could make all the difference.

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Reflections on Judges – Not My Generation!

For me, the entire book of Judges can be summed up in this verse found early on in the book:

“After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10

I find it hard to even describe my thoughts and feelings as I read this verse, because I feel like we’re living somewhere in the middle of it today. I look at my generation (as well as the one after us) and I sadly see these two things true of us as a generation:

  • We don’t know or acknowledge the Lord.
  • We don’t remember the things He has done for us.

Of course, there are exceptions (I certainly hope I am one of them!) but as a generation, we don’t know God.

Then, to go on and read the rest of this book with that in mind, fear starts to creep in a bit. With these two things defining their generation suddenly things like murder, idolatry, rape, deception flood the story line. When we don’t know God and don’t remember what He has done, life gets pretty overwhelming pretty quick.

The repeating cycle in Judges continues today individually as well as generationally: we follow God for a while, then we don’t. We walk our own way until our lives get so horrible we can’t take it anymore and then we cry out for help. Of course, God, in His never-ending love and mercy, rescues us and sets us on the right path again. But, after a while, we forget again and turn our own way.

I’m sick of the cycle and I guess I don’t want to be part of a generation defined by our wandering. But even worse than that, I don’t want to be the generation the first part of the verse mentioned. It’s easy to skim over, but I think the reason the next generation didn’t know God or remember what He had done for Israel, was because the generation before them didn’t tell them.

If the generation after me doesn’t know God, that’s not on them. That’s MY generation’s fault. How can they “remember” the mighty works of God if they’ve never heard them? How can they know and acknowledge God if they’ve never been taught?

Oh, I see so much of God’s grace in the book of Judges, but I also feel some conviction. I sense the Holy Spirit motivating me to not only be part of a generation that knows and remembers Him, but that makes sure the next generation has that opportunity as well. I want to be part of a time in history where, thousands of years from now, people can look back and say THOSE people acknowledged God in their lives! I want to be defined as a generation who knows God and makes Him known. I want to see passion in the next generation to follow God greater than their sinful nature to wander away.

Our God is big enough to break the cycle in this generation. I’m ready and willing to join in on that work!

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Reflections on Exodus

It’s easy for me to read through a book like Exodus and kind of wonder: “How couldn’t they see it?!?” God’s provision, protection, and guidance are so clear chapter after chapter. From protecting Moses as a baby to grand things like splitting a sea in two or food appearing out of thin air day after day, God’s action on behalf of the Israelites is obvious. Yet, they complained constantly, thought going back to slavery would be better for them, made idols while God’s presence was still on the mountain in front of them, and blamed God instead of praising Him. How could this be? Couldn’t they see what God was up to?

But when I really stop to think about it… some days I’m no different. God performs a miracle, but we miss it because we were expecting something different. God figuratively splits seas or thunders from a mountain and the next day we’re so caught up in daily life we forget His power. We become immune to daily ‘manna’ falling from the sky in the form of food and shelter and friendships and His love and start to complain. I’d like to think that if I saw some of the miraculous things the Israelites witnessed I would never stop praising, but I’m not so sure I’d be any different.

One verse that struck me came right as God was enacting this great plan to lead them out of Egypt. Pharaoh had finally worn down and they were on the move. Passover had been instituted and God’s people had been spared the death of the firstborn that plagued the rest of the land. They had not yet come upon the Red Sea, but certainly had plenty to praise God for already.

So Moses said to the people, ‘This is a day to remember forever—the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. Today the Lord has brought you out by the power of his mighty hand. … On this day in early spring, in the month of Abib, you have been set free. You must celebrate this event in this month each year…” (Exodus 13:3-5 NLT)

Reading this translation struck me… REMEMBER… YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE… CELEBRATE! It goes on to explain how God wants them to celebrate but the party stops pretty quick as they approach the Red Sea and see that Pharaoh has changed his mind. The army is approaching quickly from behind and the body of water ahead has them trapped.

As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” (Exodus 14:10-12)

Suddenly they wanted to go back. Their current situation seemed worse than slavery, but that’s because they forgot the powerful mighty hand of their God.

Earlier this month I attended a conference. One of the hosts said this as he wrapped up one of our sessions:

Sometimes we feel like: “God you’ve led me to a place where there’s no where out.”
God says: “That’s only because you haven’t seen a sea parted.” – Ben Stewart

As I thought about this story that I’ve heard many times, as well as my own tenancies to complain and forget what God can do, I wondered if a key piece in all of it was the celebration God instituted the chapter before.

When Moses told the people to remember the day they had been set free, he said, “you MUST celebrate it”.  One way to read this Scripture would imply a focus on trying to please God and so we must praise Him because He deserves it. It’s true, God does deserve our praise, but I wonder if the “must” here is more about God knowing our nature. He “demands” celebration in a sense because He knows we need it. He knows that we MUST celebrate or we will forget. We must celebrate or we will worry. We must celebrate or we will feel trapped and see no way out. We must celebrate because we are free. Without celebration, we find our souls enslaved again.

I don’t know what celebration looks like for you, but find a way to party today. God has done everything to secure our freedom. May we never be slaves again!

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Bonus Thought: Music is one way I choose to celebrate. Maybe this song by Ellie Holcomb can help you live free today!

So we will sing, to our souls
We won’t bury our hope
Where He leads us to go
There’s a red sea road
When we can’t, see the way
He will part, the waves
And we’ll never walk alone
Down a red sea road” – Ellie Holcomb “Red Sea Road”


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A Blessing for New Year

Author Greg Finke from Dwelling 1:14 recently shared this blessing and I’m praying it over all of us in this new year!

“Remember, you do not need to be afraid. You are not going for Jesus but with Jesus. He is Immanuel… the “with us” God.. and He’s got this thing called 2018.
So, enjoy your new year of adventuring with Jesus… in the name of the Father who has been pleased to give you His Kingdom, in the name of the Son who has risen from the dead and even now is on the loose in your community, and in the name of the Holy Spirit who has given you eyes to see and a heart to respond to the people placed around you. Amen!” ~ Greg Finke

Blessings to you!

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‭17 Lessons from 2017

As I skimmed back through my journal from 2017, I started making a list of common themes and lessons God taught me. Some of these lessons I’ve had to learn again and again and some of them were new or went deeper this year. As I look forward to a new year, I can’t wait to see all the things God teaches me in the year ahead! Post in the comments something you learned in 2017.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Focus on what you DO know.
There are a lot of uncertainties in life, centering my attention on them just gets overwhelming, but dwelling on what is true and re-centering my attention on the things I do know, especially about God, keeps me going.
  • “He replied, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!’” – John‬ ‭9:25‬‬
  • “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬‬
2. Wait Well!
It’s so funny that this has been one of my prayers these past few weeks and as I look back through my journal of this year it was one of my prayers all the way back in January in a completely different context.
  • “Waiting is inevitable… waiting with hope and courage is optional.” – Renee Swope
  • “Waiting well looks forward to the future while staying present in the present. Waiting well means I remain open to God and allow Him to move me toward the future He has planned, in His time. … Waiting well teaches us to trust His delays rather than doubt His ways.” – Wendy Pope (in Wait and See)
  • “The wait is more about experiencing God than enduring the delay.” – Wendy Pope
  • “Take courage my soul… He’s in the Waiting” – song by Bethel Music
  • “Her wait didn’t end because she prayed, but her resolve strengthened, helping her to face each day.” – Wendy Pope
3. Put your whole effort into what you’re doing.
  • “Go where you are sent. Stay where you are put. Give what you’ve got until He moves you on. All the way home.” – Jill Briscoe
  • This quote I heard back in February has come up many times as an encouragement to keep moving forward even when I didn’t see results or aren’t sure why I was in a situation. It was encouragement to finish the year strong with my foreign exchange daughter. It pushed me through to see some ministry related prayers that have been 6-7 years in the making finally come to fruition. It is so easy to give up too quick or just move on. God has reminded me many times to stay put and trust that He will make it clear when my attention can shift elsewhere.
4. “This I know: God is for me!” – Psalm 56:9
Not much explanation needed here. I’m thinking I might need to write this somewhere to see it every day in 2018. What a great reminder and so much easier to face each day with joy and courage and excitement when this truth is ingrained in my brain!
2017-12-30 12.14.055. Be light.
  • During the season of Lent, I kept a journal page of all the hard, hurtful, painful, sinful, overwhelming, and evil things I saw around me (or in me) each day. Rather than being overwhelming me, it led me convincingly to two conclusions: we need a savior, and I need to be light. This world is so dark. Because of Jesus in me, I can do my part to shine a little bit of His light in the midst of all the darkness.
6. “To not take rest stops on the journey is dangerous.” – Pastor Chuck
In a lot of different ways God called me back to celebrating Sabbath rest and seeking rest for my soul this year. Reminding me that it is one of my greatest needs in life. I need a day each week to, as Ann Voskamp put it, “step away from the things that just won’t step away from us.” … a day to remember who I am after six days of the world telling me who I should be.
  • “… enjoy the trees…” – Judah Smith “[Genesis 2:8-9 tell us] the original home of the soul had great looking trees and awesome food. That gives us a little perspective doesn’t it? Maybe what we are here for is not to be so important, successful, awesome, and busy that we don’t even have time to eat. Let’s enjoy God and his creation. … take time to laugh about life and consider the goodness of God. … enjoy the trees!”
  • Get this straight: the rest of God, the rest God gladly gives so that we may discover the part of God we’re missing–is not a reward for finishing. It’s not a bonus for work well done. It’s sheer gift. It’s a stop-work order in the midst of work that’s never complete, never polished. Sabbath is not the break we’re allotted at the tail end of all our tasks and chores, the fulfillment of our obligations. It’s the rest we take smack dab in the middle of them without apology, without guilt, and for no better reason than God told us we could.” – Mark Buchanan
  • “Sometimes it is an act of obedience to just sit and receive what Jesus has already done for us.” – Christy Nockels
7. Emotions aren’t bad.
It seems like this is something God re-teaches me every year. This year, some great reminders came from the book “The Cry of the Soul” by Allender and Longman
  • “If we view difficult emotions as problems to be solved, we end up looking for answers that will work rather than pursuing our relationship with God. … Encounter with God not only changes our emotions; more importantly, it has the potential to change our hearts.”
  • “Emotions are like the messengers from the front lines of the battle zone. Our tendency is to kill the messenger. But if we listen carefully we will learn how to fight the war successfully.”
  • “Wrestle with doubt until it gives way to the first rays of hope.”
  • “Rather than focusing on trying to change our emotions, we are wiser first to listen to them.”
8. Cultivate Clarity
This learning centered around relationships of all kinds… dating relationships, teammates, family, etc. Rather than trying to define things or set things straight or force answers, I’m learning to cultivate clarity… motivating people in ways that show you respect them and offer them a chance to lead toward a healthier, more clearly defined relationship. Relationships take two people and if I try to define and manage it from just my perspective, or allow them to do it solely from their own, someone will be disappointed. But if we can work together to cultivate an environment where clarity about expectations and desires happens, we both win and there is less chance of hurting each other.
9. Take some risks. It won’t be perfect but it will be good.
There were a few situations this year where God challenges me to step out and take some risks, to go beyond my comfort zone without any promise of success or a favorable outcome. Some of those situations turned out great; others were less than perfect. However, because I took them with my eyes centered on Jesus, they all turned out good because God is good. (And I’m thankful that God is able to redeem even the downright mistakes I made when he WASN’T calling me to take a risk).
10. Give people grace! (This includes you!)
We all get a lot of law in our lives … all of us could use a little more grace. Grace is constantly needed in relationships, because relationships are made between two imperfect people. Grace for the other person… Grace for yourself… grace to take risks because risk is a necessary part of love. We see that all the way back in creation when God risked giving us free will so that we could freely love Him.
11. “I’m just a beggar in the presence of a King…” – Broken Things by Matthew West
Wow more than any other year I think so far, God has humbled me with an awareness of how sinful and broken I really am. Thankfully he follows that up with an abundance of His grace reminding me, I may just be a beggar in the presence of a King, but that King loves me with a faithful love and joyfully invites me to feast as His table! Also, God loves to use us beggars to welcome others in.
  • “More and more I believe when we hear ‘not enough’ (from Satan), God is screaming: ‘You are EXACTLY the right one and I am ready to do mighty things through you!” – Michael Harvey

12. Refuse to Gossip

God has shown me again and again this year that gossip never helps anything. This goes back to the learning about cultivating clarity: Gossip only brings confusion to a situation. It does not help anything. If clarity and unity and healing are the goal, I must refuse to gossip even when those around me don’t have the same resolve.

Also… complaining, even just to God leads to the same results as gossip. Prayer. Prayer is what can help. Prayer reminds me what is true, gives me God’s eyes to see the other person, brings me to a place of humility, and in all of that shows me a better way to respond instead of just reacting.

13. “Because I knew you would.”
I’m not exactly sure how to phrase this learning as it’s one that still a few months later I totally “get” in my heart but I’m not sure my mind has caught up yet. I was reading the book Daring to Hope by Katie Davis and this quote resonated in my soul:

  • “… I asked God why? again and again. What could all this suffering accomplish? Why would He allow us to love people so deeply? A dear friend suggested, ‘Maybe because He knew you would.’”

At the time I first read this, I found myself asking similar questions to Katie… why would God let things turn out this way? What were the people around me suffering so much? Why did I love this one person so much only to receive manipulation, pain, and lies in return? I’m not sure if this really is the answer for those “whys”, but it sure made sense in my heart that maybe… it’s because God knew I would love that person despite all that. And one step more, maybe that’s exactly what that person needed even if I can’t see the results of it now.

14. Take Brain Breaks
While I learned about the physical benefits of “brain breaks” at a conference this fall (taking a minute or two every 20-30 minutes throughout the day to do a different task to give your brain a break), I’ve also been learning about it in a general sense. I need time to step away, to rest, to laugh and just enjoy life, to not think about anything. Yes, it helps my productivity and my focus. But more so, I’m finding it help my soul!

15. LAUGH! A lot.
That’s it… just laugh 🙂

16. “You can’t choose your season, but you can choose your song.” – Carl Lentz
I’m not even sure were I heard this quote this fall, but it captures a lot of learnings this year about not being able to change my circumstances but being able, by Christ’s strength to choose how I respond. Will I respond with gossip or grace? Will I complain or focus on gratitude in the midst of challenges? Will I drown in despair or take hold of the courage and hope God provides? What will the song be that comes out of my mouth?

17. I need community.
This is nothing new but I saw time and time again this year the value of being surrounded by people to support, strengthen, and sharpen me.

  • “Everyone who serves the Lord lives an abundant life full of ups and downs and we need community.” – Michael Harvey

This has been a year of plenty of ups and plenty of downs as I’m sure every single one of us in the world could say… that’s life. Because of Christ, both have led to an abundant life. Also true: I am so thankful for the incredible community I’ve had all along the way to remind me I’m not alone in the lows and to celebrate with me in the highs… to snap my focus back to Christ when it had wandered and to simply listen and show me I am valuable.

And, a  bonus 18th Learning to Lead us into 2018:
Nothing can separate me from God’s love. NOTHING.

At the end of a year on the brink of a new one, it is so good to come back to this truth. Nothing that happened in 2017 was able to keep me from God’s love. Nothing in 2018 will be able to either…. nothing I do… nothing I don’t do…nothing that’s done to me. Nothing can separate me from God’s love! Amen!


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I truly enjoy travel, trips, and adventure.

I also greatly cherish returning home.

Many good things arise in chances to get away. I loved the opportunity to put work aside for the past week and be refreshed. More than that, I truly enjoyed spending time with my family. I see things in a new light when I step away a while; I think we all do. Also, when my environment changes and I am out of my normal routines, my eyes, ears, mind, and heart can see, hear, think, feel, and experience God in new ways. This is one reason we feel so strongly about taking trips and retreats with our students at church—stepping out of everyday life opens us up to new things God wants to show us.

All of that is true. At the same time, there’s nothing quite like your own bed, your own car, your own house! Returning home is such a beautiful thing. My routines help me stay healthy and bring a sense of grounding for my soul. I am greeted by people so dear to me and welcomed in a way that only happens when you’re home. (I can navigate my neighborhood and traffic without getting lost!)

But sometimes where or what home is can be a little confusing. Still after 7.5 years living in Buffalo, people still ask me when I get to go “home” (to Kansas) next. And yet, while I’m away, those same people ask when I’m coming “home” to Buffalo. Both are “home” to me… and evidently others acknowledge that too. That place I lived the first 18+ years of my life will always feel a little like home, but returning to Buffalo does too.

Some say. “Home is where the heart is.”

Others: “Home is where the WiFi connects automatically.”

Whatever quote you may want to use, it does seem that home can actually be more than one place. Also, while I am thankful for my yellow house across from the creek with the maroon Suzuki sitting outside and my amazing bright kitchen and cozy bed, it seems that “home” is more a feeling than physical place.

Home is where we belong.

Home is safe.

Home is a sanctuary to return to, rest in, and be renewed.

Home is people and a place and a feeling and more.

And perhaps, as I recently wrote, returning home is more a state of my soul than anything.

This seems to make the most sense as I process the concept my true forever home will never be found while here on earth. The Author of the book of Hebrews says it this way:

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

No, this home is not permanent. I will move out of this apartment some day, and any other house I occupy. I will also leave this earth one day and only then will I find my forever-home.

As I sit here today thankful to be “home” after a week away, along with gratitude for time at “home” in KS, it seems as if God is giving me a little glimpse into how amazing that final homecoming will be. Safety.


A sense of belonging.


Wholeness and well-being for my soul.

All of those things will be present.

And in the hard times where NOWHERE in this world feels like home, these words from Jesus to His disciples right before His death bring comfort, hope, and promise:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me. There is more than enough room in My Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with Me where I am.”

The squeals of my nieces echoing off airport walls in Kansas are awesome. The hugs of friends greeting me here in NY are beyond great. Yet, oh how I long for the day I get to hear my Heavenly Father say: “Welcome home, my daughter! Welcome home!” Oh what a glorious homecoming that will be!

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A Lovely Day! {A letter to my niece… and myself… and every one of us}

2017-11-22 14.25.42Dear Maddie,

I loved spending this Thanksgiving week with you. At two and a half years old your joy and passion for life bring me so much joy and teach me so much. Just this morning I heard you waking up in your room, calling for your mom who was still asleep. When I walked in, I expected a somewhat groggy toddler, sad that it was not actually “Mommy” who responded to your cries. Instead I suddenly saw this beautiful, smiley face (with some typical Maddie bed-head) pop up above the railing and declare boldly:

“Aunt Bekah! Look! The sun came up today! It’s a lovely day!”

You have astounded me with your joy this week. You remind me to be thankful for the little things, like a friend coming over, the sun outside, a bowl of mac-n-cheese, or a Mickey Mouse Christmas tree ornament. You feel so deeply every little thing.

I see also in you that these honest feelings aren’t always fun. Your pure joy at the simple fact that the sun is shining took a drastic turn one evening when it took us an extra 20 minutes to get out the door to go somewhere because you were sobbing (real, giant tears) because “the sun went away”! I love this about you, too. You’re not ashamed to feel what you feel.  While I pray you never lose the ability to feel things deeply and honestly, unfortunately I fear as you grow up that will change. Whether literally or metaphorically, I think some day the fear that “the sun may go down” may keep you from rejoicing in its rising in the morning.

As we grow into adults we fear risking loving the people around us because we have been hurt when we’ve loved in the past. We don’t let ourselves hope in anything because “what if we’re let down again?!?” We don’t trust anyone or even God because our trust has been broken. We don’t let joy in because we also know that feeling anything allows for the potential to feel hurt.

People will disappoint you, Maddie, and you may not always get what you want. At some point in your life it will feel safer to shut out difficult people or situations, refusing to trust and never getting your hopes up. But Maddie, I pray you have strength to fight against the fear and keep feeling deeply.  While it seems safer, it also keeps us from feeling the joy that I see you experience so fully right now.

Here’s how an author, Katie David Majors put it in an a book I read recently called “Daring to Hope”:

“…the world would teach us that pain is what ruins us. We are trained and conditioned to run from pain at all costs. … Only the supernatural working of the Holy Spirit can override this fear of pain with a love that is greater. The world would teach us that once we are broken, we cannot be used, we cannot be strong, we cannot be happy. But this is not true. In the greatest miracle of all time, our Father resurrects His son Jesus out of the dark tomb and conquers death. After the brutal beating and scourging and mocking that is a direct result of the ugliness of my sin, Jesus whispers, “Father, forgive them.” And He does. Out of the black of the tomb, new Life emerges and new Light shines forth.” (pg 61)

Maddie, our God is in the business of making beautiful things come out of brokenness. He longs for us to experience true love and with that comes risk. He risked that in giving us free will to be able to love Him and others. We messed that up and now live in the pain and consequences of our rebellion. But our God doesn’t change! He remains good! In Zephaniah we read that: “Each new day He does not fail” (Zeph 3:5). He sent Jesus to take all the brokenness, hurt, distrust, hopelessness and restore our hope again. He came. He died. He rose from the dead. He will come again.

Whenever you feel sad that the sun has gone down, or something hurts you, or you lose someone, go ahead and feel that sadness. Grieve. Hurt. Feel. But never lose hope, because the sun WILL rise again. Jesus will come again and He promises us this about that day:

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:3-5)

“And there will be no night there–no need for lamps or sun–for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

2017-11-22 20.16.36Oh what a lovely day that will be, Maddie! So go ahead and get your hopes up, girl! Feel deeply. Celebrate life. And when the dark nights come, because they unfortunately will, remember, a day even more lovely than you can imagine will come and when that day does come, the light will never fade again!

Look Maddie! The sun is up! It’s a lovely day!

Love always,
Aunt Bekah