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May 27, 2020
COVID-19, March, April, May … it is amazing what has transpired these past months. What you and I and the world have endured. The losses of life are so many. And for some, the grieving is just beginning -- if we even let ourselves grieve. Loss comes in all shapes and sizes. On the May 14 Thursday Night Gathering, we were joined by our friend Mark Philbrick, who is a grief expert. If you weren't able to join, you may want to give it a look and listen here. Our team has endured these COVID-19 days, and has been able to work from home. We are continuing to ask God for discernment regarding all our conferences scheduled for this fall. The first one (The Heart of a Warrior Encounter Heartland) is scheduled for late August. With Memorial Day behind us, our team is focusing intently on Father's
May 08, 2020
I was seven years old when my family made the trip from Columbus, Ohio to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the first time. I thought I was in heaven! Surrounded by palm trees, a steel drum band at the pool, and a seafood buffet at the very top of the Hilton Hotel, I felt like a princess! Staying in a fancy place, eating fancy food, not a care in the world. My sister and I would ride the elevators up and down, pretending to be Southerners – speaking with our best Southern drawls – inserting “y’all” with great frequency, believing we were playing the part so well. We were hooked. We did this every year - exploring and making memories from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head – which had even more beauty, more palm trees, family bike rides, and ice cream at the harbor in the evenings … I decided early
April 30, 2020
About a month ago, my daily routine was disrupted. First and ongoing by the Governor’s declaration of the stay at home order, then by the declining health of our son’s dog Glory. Accustomed to slow early morning time with Jesus, coffee, and sunrises, my mornings became more abrupt. I developed a heightened awareness of where Glory was and what she needed - long walks in circles in our small yard, sitting in clover together. I was always assessing her condition. Was she stumbling more? Less? Confused? Dizzy? It was a Thursday morning, before sunrise, and it felt like it would be our last day with her. My heart was broken, I was crying, my tears soaking her fur, my heart cried Jesus, I’m not ready for this. It is wild how, for some of us, the quarantine has brought the far-flung adult
April 22, 2020
Eowyn: Leave me alone, snake!Wormtongue: Oh, but you are alone. Who knows what you have spoken to the darkness, alone, in the bitter watches of the night, when all your life seems to shrink, the walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in.Eowyn: Your words are poison! - from the film The Lord of the Rings - The Two TowersI will never forget the day our first daughter was born. I was so excited for this little one! And yet her life seemed opposed from the moment she was born. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck and she was in distress. In their attempt to keep me from freaking out, the doctors calmly gave me instructions so that they could rescue our baby. Ashley arrived safe and sound and then for the next two weeks she cried … we thought she
April 13, 2020
Back in June of 1944, the Allied forces invaded Europe in order to engage an enemy that was stealing, killing, and destroying. June 6, 1944 has become known as "D-Day." Interestingly, the “D” doesn’t stand for anything in particular. It simply means "The Day”, a reference point in time marking the beginning of the day on which a secret military operation was to take place. It was the term given to any particular day of a plan of attack. Going forward in the European campaign, the days and weeks to follow the term "Day of Days" was given in reference to that first day, June 6th, 1944. The beginning of the engagement of a vast and targeted military operation against the evil that had risen to power. In the days that followed that "Day of Days," the count became D-Day +1, D-Day+2, and so on
April 07, 2020
It's another day in the Kingdom with the landscape of COVID-19 around us all. There is so much going on and so much information, I pray you are taking care of your heart, taking care of your soul, and taking care of your mind. All the faculties and spiritual organs with which we are to love and be loved by God (Deuteronomy 4, Matthew 22). I was sitting with Jesus this morning, asking him how to engage with you and invite you to pray, and I heard Him say, Resurrection. I smiled and here we are. The Kingdom drips with Resurrection. Where there is death, there is a promise of resurrection. Many things are dying these days ... an old way of life, one I “was” so accustomed to, is being put down, and a new one is being offered. A type of life we all are being invited to take up … like Lazarus
March 31, 2020
I wanted to share an excerpt with you from the manuscript of our new book King Me as we move through another day of COVID-19. What an amazing time to be alive, when the enemy has released so many foul spirits on assignment into the world, and they are being fueled by their very names: fear, despair, depression, and death. These are powerful moments when the sons and daughters of God are also being deployed for the very mission for which they have been training all their days up until this day. Secure your heart, secure your home front, and then offer encouragement to whomever God brings across your path. When I say encouragement, I mean mostly listen … listening might just be the most loving and compassionate thing you can do. A handful of caring questions wouldn’t hurt, either ... and
March 24, 2020
What an incredible time. The word “incredible” means impossible to believe; extraordinary. That’s about right. Oh, there are many other words we all are using to describe these uncertain times ... confusion, uncertainty, and concern. Though I believe these words are "in bounds” for my heart, they are moving me on the battle field with a momentum and current that is dangerous to my soul. Right now, I feel like I want to be responsible so I don't have to be responsible. I want to be careful to avoid the place where, if I try to stand still, a tornado of voices is swirling around me, and if I'm moving, it moves right along with me. While I am uncertain whether or not the kingdom of darkness is responsible for the coronavirus, I am certain it is opportunistic. Darkness takes every circumstance
March 23, 2020
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:13 These words remind me of the characters in The Wizard of Oz, three companions with whom Dorothy must journey in a strange land and uncertain time in order to become more. The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion ... wisdom, heart, and courage. It feels a bit like we've been tornado-ed into Oz these days, or stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia, or taken the Red Pill to see how far the rabbit hole goes. But on the other hand, we have been living outside the Garden all along. As comfortable as I may want to make it, and as much as I can be fooled into thinking I have control, things really are not what they seem. We live in a battle. Evil is real. In days like we're experiencing now
February 13, 2020
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. - Ephesians 6:13-15 Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. - Billy Graham I have played a lot of games in my life. Literally a lot of games: basketball, baseball, football, and more ... mostly when I was young and dads were the coaches. The older I got, the stakes got higher and so did the intensity of practice and the games. Dads were replaced with “Coaches”, scores mattered, and