Category Archives: faith

Roots and Wings

These last few weeks have been a bit stressful, but it’s normal stress, the kind that comes with the end of a school term. It’s even a good kind of stress because you get tested in so many ways. How do we measure up? Are we students that procrastinate? Cheat? Blame? Compare? Do we know anything? Does it matter? Will it bring us a secure future?

It came to a bit of a head this morning. I spent last tossing and turning and worrying about something that I believe to be important. All kinds of imagined scenarios and conversations overlap in my mind. “What about this, what about that? Why not this?” Over and over….! I came to realize that I am craving earthly security. I want to matter on this earth. I want to own and possess things that matter to others as well. I want roots in things that really don’t matter at all when it comes to eternity. 

We root ourselves in relationships, possessions, status, and even a certain identity. We believe that these roots keep us safe, but they don’t. Eventually something comes around that shakes that foundation. We flounder. Sometimes we dig deeper. Other times we find something else to root into. Rarely does it make us root in God. We might grasp on to Him, and beg for a lifeline, an answer, some peace…but when we get our roots dug back in, we forget Him, at least until we need Him for something else.

What does it mean then to truly have freedom. Wings. Can we have both roots and wings? What does it mean to live rooted in Christ, and at the same time living in absolute freedom? It actually means that we need a brand new identity. An identity that doesn’t shake when life throws you punches. An identity that roots only in Christ. An identity that can sleep through the storms because they know that they are one with God. He KNOWS the beginning and the end because HE IS the Alpha and Omega. Our book has been written, and all the floundering on this earth is temporary. It is over as far as God is concerned. He has fought our battles for us. He has given us a new identity as His sons and daughters. Knowing this, deep down, erases the need to have security in earthly identities. 

We can be rooted in Him, and because of this, we have the wings to soar. That is true freedom. I need to read this passage every day. “Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:11-13 ‭MSG‬‬

“GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon GOD get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:28-31‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Faith in Love….

Is faith just something that a christian has? Is faith something we all struggle with a little? Or is it just the “ignorant masses” that need faith as a crutch?

I have just started my second year of university. It’s a fascinating place to be, and there is so much to learn. Our world is a complex and beautiful place, and the people in it just add to that complexity. But, one thing that isn’t really “valued” in the academic world is the idea of faith. If there is no tangible scientific evidence to prove something, then it must not exist… Continue reading Faith in Love….

This is not a test!

These last few weeks have been topsy-turvy. The highs and lows of life as a woman, mother, student, daughter, and Jesus follower. How does one really deal with the emotionality of it all? Sometimes it is just by listening to Skillet at top volume (and dancing), and other days it is gritting my teeth and hoping that I can control the thoughts that continuously race through my mind. Continue reading This is not a test!

Blessed are the Self-righteous?

No, this isn’t from the same passage where Jesus talks about the poor in spirit etc, but this is what many believe in our churches. I don’t think this attitude is just in churches, but many of us who grew up in a church have felt the sting of it, and even indulged in it ourselves. Some of us don’t like to admit having a self-righteous attitude because if we have any awareness of what is really going on in the hearts and minds of people, we would know that we are in the wrong, not the one we are looking down upon.

What is self-righteousness? The online dictionary describes it as…”adjective: confident of one’s own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behaviour of others”. Continue reading Blessed are the Self-righteous?

Patience? What’s that?

“What do you love about Jesus?” was a question that my friend asked me yesterday. I had to think about that for a bit. These last few years I have learned about a new Jesus…not the one I grew up with, the one defined by man…but someone more infinitely beautiful. Someone who really loves. Someone who is real. Someone who is beside me at all times, even when I try to push Him away. “I love that He is patient” was my answer.

Yes, He is patient. And isn’t it marvellous that He is? Continue reading Patience? What’s that?

10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.

These last 9 months I have been privileged to serve in the ladies ministry program at our church.  It was a schooling that I didn’t expect.

10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.

1.   I am not as spiritual as I pretend to be.  Yes, we can have a spiritual “look” about us, and we can pretend that we know all the right answers…but I learned quite quickly that if I have someone asking me a question about Jesus, I better know Him really well myself.

2.   Being vulnerable is good and bad.  Opening up and talking about our own issues and mistakes opens up the hearts of the people listening…but it also makes you accountable to many.  As someone who has (and still have at times) a wall around them, those bricks come tumbling down after you cry a few times in front of a group of women.  It isn’t easy to keep putting those bricks back up.

3.  I learned that I am a quitter!   Continue reading 10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.