'Twas Love that gave at greatest cost A Life, that mine should not be lost The Love that died in deep despair My debt fully satisfied there It was love that took my place On the cross of Calvary It was grace, redeeming grace That paid my...
I love a good comfy chair, my favorite being a channel back I bought years ago in a second hand store. Settling into it as the afternoon sun warms across me, I read a favorite book while tasting the flowery spice of a good cup of Earl...
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil. 4:4 NIV
Some days in the late Spring, from April to May, I hate living in Florida. It's not that the weather is bad, if anything, these are some of the most pleasant days of the year. The longer days are warm, but with a touch of coolness in the...
This past year of grief God has seen me at my best and my worst, and He had to have been hurt by my tumblings of anguish, my slashes of anger, and my scrapings of despair. It amazes me that He has not wavered one bit in His perfect love for...
Today I was feeling such frustration and defeat - like I was inside a strong rubber balloon, pushing and punching with all my strength until I was exhausted and frustrated. My world was a big knotted mess, and I felt powerless and...
Without question the best and most acceptable services are those in which Jesus is the solitary aim of the soul, and His glory is the focus of all our endeavors. (From Truth for Life Daily)
I’m regretful in the first, denying the second, and worry about the third.
A friend of El Edwards said we’re only given strength for what ISs, not for the what ifs. Good and true, and spurred some thoughts. So consider…
Take courage therefore, and be very valiant. (Joshua 1:7 Douay-Rheims) God, give me the courage to pick up the sword, and fight the fight. Don't let me lose faith, drop to the floor and rest against the castle wall, thinking the battle is...
We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have...
About Living Selah
I love a mystery. Selah is a word of mystery. Its meaning puzzles bible scholars, although it shows up in the book of Psalms 71 times and Habakuk 3 times. Some scholars view it as a direction to musicians to pause or take a breath. Some think it may be related to the Hebrew word “calah” which means “to weigh in the balance.” Still others think it’s a combination of two words that mean “to praise” and “to lift up.” My soul responds to all these meanings.
I get so busy in the days, weeks, months, and years, and as I gain years, the swiftness of time astonishes me. Do you feel this too? Too often the present rushes at us, running rough shod with all its urgencies.
We need to, even in the midst of what we might call “holy” or “spiritual”, take time to rest – take a breath – weigh the present and enter its spaciousness. And praise.
This is what I’d like you to find in this journal of mine. Places where you can take a breath, weigh a thought, and ring praise back to our eternal God. I write about places and times where God’s promises have rung true for me. I share about scriptures that shimmered from the page and urged me to look deeper. I hope what I share will open a space for you to encounter a peace that is not of this world, and a grace that is the most powerful force in the universe. All freely given by a good and loving God. His gifts to us in this often insane and messy world.
Conversations by Sara Groves
If by Amy Carmichael
The Irrational Season by Madeline L’Engle
Spiritual Depression by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
For All God’s Worth by N.T. Wright
Addiction and Grace by Gerald May
To Be Loved by Thad Cockrell
The Girl From Montana by Grace Livingston Hill
Selections from the Hymnody of Summit Church, Vol. 2