You want to know Christ, to love him and to serve him with an undivided heart. In seeking to follow Christ, you’ve been blindsided by violent spiritual assault. Worse yet, it’s come from a place you would not have dreamed. If those two statements describe you, I may have a word from the Lord for you. It’s something he’s said… Read more →
Foolishly, we’ve thought of blessings as sweet little things. They’re not. The blessings of the Lord flow from the white-hot radiance of his glory. They enlarge our human spirit, setting it ablaze. They enlarge our capacity to know and honor him, to become who we are in him and, from that place of identity and intimacy, to join him in… Read more →
First lesson of life: To get there, you have to go through a very narrow place. Whatever narrow places you may face, be blessed to press through to life.
Return to Your Rest: A Spirit-to-spirit Journey, is now available on Kindle! I pray that a book born from my own 10-year journey into rest help others who know they desperately need rest, but can’t for the life of them find it. I’ve been helped on this journey by surprising insights gleaned from people in Scripture – about what rest… Read more →
I’m a white woman from the Deep South. Yet if I had seen Pondering Privilege 20 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that I personally needed to read it. If I’d seen the book 10 years ago, I would have thought, “White privilege? You mean, there’s a name for what I’m just starting to see and learn?” Now, still having… Read more →
I hadn’t previously thought it. But suddenly I knew: Psalm 23 is a song of rest. Two years later, I learned: In the same time frame as my Spirit-to-spirit “suddenly,” Christian recording artist Matt Maher wrote a song, saying the same thing. For me, the revelation happened in January 2014. It was a sunny Sunday morning in a valley-of-the-shadow season…. Read more →
Posts in the “God Who” Series There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty. (Deut 33:26) Jeshurun is a poetic name for Israel used four times in the Old Testament. It means “upright one,” and comes from the Hebrew yashar: pleasing, straight, approved, upright…. Read more →
The subject of rest fascinates Pharisees. Sort of like frog gigging fascinates boys. As you may know, Pharisees are religious people who, by virtue of being so religious, set an example for everyone else. Pharisees are fascinated by any matter that God legislates, and the God of the Bible did indeed legislate rest. In fact, he included it as #4… Read more →
I saw the painting high on a back wall of a thrift store. Immediately drawn to it, I bought it for next to nothing, planning to hang it in the study where I write. It’s a seascape, but an unusual one – and I could tell my husband did not see the appeal. “When you look at that picture, what… Read more →
Hi. I’m Deborah, and I have been so blind. Blind to what was really going on in my family as I grew up. Blind to the roles handed me early in life – roles that, in adulthood, I continued to play. Blind to who I am, apart from those assigned roles. Blind to whatever the people close to me profoundly… Read more →
Be Thou and Thou only The first in my heart O Sovereign of heaven, My treasure Thou art
Yesterday I rediscovered this encouragement sent from a friend … Thank you, Jaylene (at Heartwork Center for Creative Living). A decade ago, I found your words and your illustration delightful. Now, they show me where I am.