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why I write publicly

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Maya Angelou said “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

I read this a few days ago, and thought: I think this is the ‘why’ behind my public writing, a.k.a this blog.

I’m not a formal writer. I can be rambly and too-casually-conversational some might say.

Have you noticed the wonder in how Holy Spirit connects dots for us throughout our lives? For me, oftentimes as I read others’ words, He gives me new phrases to help describe inner happenings in my heart and mind. It’s sweet to share shimmers of the gospel throughout our seasons, or our processing externally how God uniquely wired us, or how Scripture awakens and challenges us to surrender more of ourselves or enjoy Him more deeply. Right?

My husband said something a few weeks ago, when I was sharing a few honest observations about my pain. After he righted the lies I was believing, and after he affirmed God’s truth to my tired frame, he said, ‘I hope you feel His love in mine.’

Yes. Yes. Yes.

As Christians, the Bible refers to us as children of God, adopted into His family.

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:26-29

We’re like conduits of His love, peace, and truth to each other!

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releasing more of me to receive more of God

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I need a daily intervention for this reality: choosing Jesus means you live entirely for Someone else.

Choosing Jesus changes the game from “you’re the best, you can do this!” to “God is the best. You can’t, but He can.”

Choosing Jesus replaces self-promoting tendencies with God-exalting habits.

Choosing Jesus fills you with durable hope, compassion, and generosity that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

Choosing Jesus gives a posture of upward and outward affections, in contrast to the life-imploding desires we have without His rescuing.

Choosing Jesus challenges you not to settle for immediate gratification and worldly successes, but aim for the smile of Heaven.

Choosing Jesus means that your passion, beauty, confidence, and purpose in this life is grounded in Someone else.

Have you experienced these fruits of choosing Jesus?

I certainly have, but they didn’t start blooming until I honestly found, and decided, that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are better than every single joy, ability, decision, achievement, relationship, skill, and activity.

Having an active relationship with God deepens everything, but what it has done for me most is shift my heart, soul, and mind’s energy from myself to an open-handed, joyful, adventurous journey towards Him.

And something incredible, He knew I would be terminally imperfect at living this way, but He loved so dearly He sent Jesus to die in my place, bearing all of my sin, my lack, my imperfection. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, because of Almighty God’s perfect plan, nothing separates us. Not my weak ways of loving Him, not the sinful choices I willfully and unintentionally make, not my inescapable humanness.

Choosing this Jesus in our daily life — this Creator, Sustainer, and King — is what gives eternal color to everything we do.

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delighting in quiet and solitude

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Most of the time, I struggle with silence.

If I’m home by myself on a Saturday morning cleaning or folding laundry, I like to have music, or a movie, or podcast going. If I’m driving around town, it’s music, or an audiobook, or a podcast. My natural bent is not to welcome silence and stillness. After a long, stressful day, I want to watch a funny or adventurous movie with my husband. I don’t naturally enjoy the quiet.

But alas, He is changing me.

It started as a slightly desperate desire for stillness after a long, intense workday.

Then I read a book about prayer that calls me deeper into God’s Presence.

Then I began to pray for fresh desire for His words and thoughts, changing what I enjoy listening to.

And I discovered great delight in the quiet of solitude.




In the quiet, we are more likely to hear His words, from past study or something new.

In the unhurried, we create space to center our hearts on His nature, the fruit of His Spirit.

In moments of solitude, we can be our honest selves, laying out the day or details before Him.

We see this in the way Jesus chose to live, don’t we?

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