I remember thinking the French spelling for bread (my favorite guilty pleasure) was quite appropriate—le pain. Caught up in the woe-is-me culture of the nineties, I also indulged in whine, that is, wine (and its many bar-mates). I’d unknowingly created a warped version of the modern communion meal: Le pain dipped in whine. But Jesus wasn’t even on my radar— my eyes were on myself. Worse yet, I was looking at a caricature of myself that I’d created by imagining what everyone else thought of me.
Timeless Treasures has been getting great feedback. Six stories in one, adorable artwork, devotions and scripture… what’s not to like? It’s the perfect gift for the little one in your life, K-6 teachers, a parent of young ones, or parents-to-be.…
I am so excited to announce the inaugural offering from but.even.if…publishing. The book, Timeless Treasures: Six stories inspired by and adapted from the greatest storybook of all time, God’s Holy Bible, was illustrated by elementary art students at Veritas Christian…
Passion is fueled by desire, which is not necessarily a bad thing, assuming the desire is God-given and God-focused. But passion, while intense and a good motivator, is often emotional, heady and impulsive; it can cause tunnel-vision and narrow our mind-set. If we find ourselves in passion’s grip, it might be a flag to take a step back and check to be sure our motives are pure and our foundational intention is to bring God glory.
Just look for the book with an unapologetic cigarette hanging from its mouth, dropping an f-bomb quite casually, looking a little confused at times, quite self-aware, yet scratching itself indiscreetly wherever it might happen to itch. A little rough around the edges.
But now it’s gone, claimed by a giant gust of wind that screamed down our street like a wild teenager on a joyride. Crash… the tree was split in two.
Why is it that I always try to make it about me? The verse doesn’t say, “The horse prepares itself,” it says, “the horse is prepared.” In other words, the Lord prepares us for battle…a battle He has already won, by the way. So if you’re like me, that leaves you feeling a little humph… asking the Lord, “So what exactly is it that you want from me again?”
Most precious readers,
Just a note to explain my hiatus in posting. While I love the time I spend with God in preparing for the regular devotions I’ve been writing over the past year, the actual wordsmithing has claimed quite a hold on available creative space in my thinktank.
Even better than a membership to the Jelly-of-the-Month Club, Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. And I’ve let too many years go by in the spirit of Clark W. Griswold, not appreciating what I’ve been given, having already spent more than I can afford. Yes, Jesus probably already has everything He needs… but so do I. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.