On this Holy Saturday

On this Holy Saturday, I am resting and sitting in the tension between the death of Christ and the coming Resurrection that we remember on Easter Sunday. As I read Mark, John, Luke and Matthew’s accounts of the betrayal and trial and death of our Saviour I find myself wondering if I would have stayed…

February 5, 2012 – One Year Ago

It is midnight here in Chicago and I’ve just whipped up a half-batch of chocolate chip cookies and tucked them into the oven. I am chatting with a good friend, Aaron, sharing a favorite new music find: JOHNNYSWIM.com/music  (which I highly recommend you download and have a listen ;) and planning my valentine card list…

more or less

in a city filled with skyscrapers that make you feel 2 feet tall and very dizzy if you try to find the top of the building that you are standing next to or dizzy if you take the elevator up and down a few too many times or dizzy if you look out from the…

2012 Year in Review

If ever there was a year to remember, eventful, adventurous…this was it. 2012…cue the music. January – New Mercies; hopeful. Investing in healing. Counseling begins. Begin Leadership Intensive February – Chicago. Can I go? Exposé begins. Epic. Co+op.* Chicago Community Group begins in Riverside Valentine’s Day babysitting = best Valentine dates ever* March –  Seeking…

advent: waiting, hoping and watching

Advent. Something that has grabbed hold of my curiosity in the last few years and I am learning to create and implement my own advent traditions and practices. When my roommate said she wanted to do an advent calendar I volunteered to compile it and get the scripture readings and crafty part going. As we…

Advent Reading for today: Dec 2

I’m putting together the advent verses/readings for our house’s advent calendar project. (still in the works) Here is the passage I selected for today. Totally digging the Message version of this passage and that it tied into the message at Soul City tonight on the Genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1. Isaiah 11:1-2,10 (MSG)  A…

sweet embrace

Two years ago this month, she walked up to me with tears in her eyes, thanking me for the songs I had just sung. she hugged me and then she said one sentence that rocked me, words that i will never forget, and I held her tighter, no matter that she was a stranger, she…

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I disagree…that ‘it doesn’t matter what you do…‘ with every fiber of my being. I agree that character is important. Integrity is important. I agree that a job/career doesn’t define you. I agree that we should find our purpose in Christ and our worth and fulfillment in Christ. But.   I believe each of us…

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I just loved yesterday’s reading. (I’m a day behind). Here is an excerpt. My Utmost for His Highest By Oswald Chambers // As long as you maintain your own personal interests and ambitions, you cannot be complety aligned or identified with God’s interests. This can only be accomplished by giving up all your personal plans…

go near

this was the exhortation from a message I listened to today on the drive to worship rehearsal. go near. Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’ (Deuteronomy 5:27 ESV)…

one year

it’s hard to believe that a year ago I stepped down from SCU small groups leadership. it was wonderful being at the leader training last night even though I’m not in one particular spot right now, aside from leading worship here and there. i love college students. i love the community that has held me…

Catalyst – My Notes

Here are my notes from Catalyst: John Ortberg flourishing grace: the power of God to do within us what we cannot do ourselves. Thirsty: driven by unsatisfied desires. Rivers of Living Water. life in the Spirit. Where there is water, there is life. vitality. fruitfulness. Gen. 2:10, Rev. 22:1-2. Grace is unique to each individual….