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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….

Start the Conversation…

Prayer. What does that look like? For many of us it is a ritualistic poem that we say before meals, or when we go to church. There is an emptiness to this ritual, but there doesn’t seem to be anything else to say. Other times, we call out to God, “Help me, I can’t do this anymore, and I’ll do anything if you just answer this cry for help”. Then we forget this prayer as soon as the situation abates. We might be left with a sense that the prayer was answered, but that’s as far as it goes. Continue reading Start the Conversation…

Eternity

For many of us “eternity” is just the name of a perfume…and not really the concept of a life unending. It’s easier to also focus on the here and now, there is so much going on, and life can be an all-consuming struggle day after day. Who has time to think about life after death? And is there really life after death? Isn’t that something used to “scare people out of hell” and into some form of religious life? Continue reading Eternity

Highs and Lows

Do you have any memories of trying to walk up a slide? Many of us have done that as children, and depending on how slippery the slide is, and how grippy your shoes or feet are, is how fast you make it up. I remember sliding down as often as getting to the top.

Life seems to be that way quite often.

After the intense experiences of therapy and prayer I felt that I had gotten to the top of the slide. I could see far, the air was cleaner, and I had accomplished something that took many years of pain away. Everything felt so good. I loved everyone and wanted to share the joy with as many as would listen. I blogged about it, talked about it, and felt like I couldn’t contain myself.

Then I got tired. Bone weary! The enemy started to whisper in my ear again. I tried blocking it out, but it’s hard when one is so tired. Jesus kept telling me to rest, but I felt like I had just been reborn and I had long lists of things I needed to start and accomplish. I don’t have time to rest…life is just getting interesting!! But, why am I so tired? Continue reading Highs and Lows

“Bling Bling” from Jesus

“You are a magpie,” my cousin said one day, as we were walking through the downtown flea markets in Helsinki. “They gravitate to sparkly things, and so do you.”

What can I say, it’s true. If it sparkles, I am mesmerized. I even became a rep for a sterling silver company just so I could get bling for a good price, and drool over catalogues. I tried to get my hands on as many pieces as I could, but the pricier ones still were unattainable. Oh well, maybe someday.

As we were getting ready to move to Tanzania I felt that I needed to sell all of my silver jewelry. I knew that it would sell well, and the money that it brought would cover the cost of a plane ticket or two. It wasn’t a sacrifice, after all this was a new adventure, following our call was exciting. Plus, having bling in Africa would just make me a target of thieves.

So, it all went, with maybe a few pieces remaining. It was all good. It was just frivolous jewelry, right? Continue reading “Bling Bling” from Jesus