Category Archives: Healing & Freedom

Father God desires to bring us increasing freedom from physical disease, emotional struggles and burdens.

Searching for Spring: How God Makes All Things Beautiful in Time (Book Review)

I recently read the book, Searching for Spring by Christine Hoover. The book is centered around the truth that God will make all things beautiful in time. The writings within turn encounters with God’s beauty into inspiration for our life with Christ, encouraging us to seek out His beauty in all things, from the joyous to the grievous.

Christ’s provisions for us on the Cross are presented with colorful illustrations that reveal His beauty to even the newly seeking heart. In presenting key aspects of our Christian spiritual journey, the book could serve as a helpful enjoyment on one’s journey through discipleship. Continue reading

Jesus Holds You Close

In the season of testing, of shaking all that needs shaking, it’s a time of pushing through the trial and walking the waves of the storm. 

It’s a journey where you discover not all see His heart in you in the way you’d think they should, but you learn to just let go and rest in His arms. This time of standing in who God says you are despite the arrows flying all around. 

A season of moments where you hit the wall of your weakness, fall down hard but He lifts you up so fast with His love surrounding you like a whirlwind until you forget the pain and feel His joy again.

It’s a beautiful season in His heart. He’s making you beautiful and you’ll see it in His time. 

He holds you close. He won’t let those arrows take you down. He’s got you, He’s by your side the whole time… even when you feel He’s absent.

You make His heart sing. You bring a smile to the face of the Savior and a twinkle to His eyes of love and fire.

No matter what others think, just love them and trust Him. He will heal the pains of the surprise hurts of life.

He’s the One you’re made for, He’s the One you’re living for this time. No one and nothing else will He allow to have your affections anymore.

The season of new heart songs from the deepest depths of truth, seeing Father God meet you right where you are. And then He takes you soaring higher than you ever thought you could go.

Why Do We Do What We Do

How often do we search our hearts with the help of the Holy Spirit, seeking to know why we do what we do? Take the time, ask Him to shine the Light of His refining torch into your soul.

The things we do, do we do them to fulfill a need within us or because of wanting to share the love of God with others? For most of us, the answer will be both at times.

Each of us has longings. We all ache at times and seek to numb the pain through activity. We all experience emptiness that fuels what we do as we desire to be filled.


Christ wants to fill the emptiness. He wants to satisfy the ravenous wants we have as human beings. But it requires that we face the pain of not numbing ourselves.

We have to surrender the mindless actions we often undertake, such as repeatedly checking Facebook, sleeping away the day, or binge-watching the next new TV series. It requires that we cease doing things, even serving people, to try to grab onto anything to make us feel whole.

How often do we engage in activity for the sake of self over truly giving form an overflow of God’s love? At the least, we all love imperfectly. Each of us will be perfected in His love season by season as we grow in relationship with the Lord.

So what is Jesus wanting to work within us?
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Do You Feel Alive?

God wants to turn every mess into something of worth.

He gives beauty for ashes. Things that seem worthless, He transforms like gold. What seems like the end of us, He turns into a testimony, bringing joy to us and others.

Like a potter with clay, the Lord is molding and shaping us. He seals our hearts with untainted love, and we find we are never alone even when others are absent. This process in the journey can be painful, but will cause us to feel fully alive.

We need not fear His hand upon us. Christ’s nearness is our good. All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Him. As we do even the pain of His “fire” freeing us from the negative things that afflict us will be a welcome help.

All that’s left to do is to say “yes” to Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you feel like you are reading a foreign language. Or maybe you’re turned off from hearing about God. Honestly, in my experience, this is probably that things in life or people have caused you to be turned off of things that seemed to be God but were of man and therefore without life and joy.

Religion and ritual can be a terrible task master, and this is not Christ’s heart toward us. He directs a heart connection, a relationship with us that is ever growing, not our performance and perfection. Continue reading

Loved When All You Can Do Is Be

Some days are harder than others. We face challenges. We fight issues that change the course of the day. Perhaps a loved one is sick or we ourselves deal with chronic pain, and healing has not yet come.

Or maybe we watch others never seeming to experience hardship, as we face them daily, perhaps even for years.

Know this: Through it all, Father God sees you. He loves you. You don’t have to measure up to any standard but His. He’s not looking at the struggles; He’s looking st your heart.

Even when all you can do is simply be, you are loved by God.

It doesn’t look the same for someone else as it might for you. He knows the trials, the pain, the weaknesses before you. He knows you are overwhelmed. He doesn’t expect you to be a super hero. He invites you to trust His hand and rest in His arms.

Maybe no one else will hear or see, but God sees you. You, seemingly little not-as-successful-as-another you, you matter to Him. He hears every prayer, He sees every tear. He is a Father, and He loves you better than anyone else ever could.

Even if life is such a challenge that all you can do is simply be with Him, He’s okay with that. He knows you inside and out, through the good and the difficult. He wants your heart more than your performance.

Many others are out busily doing for every other purpose under the sun, but even in the difficulties before you, you are still pressing into Him. By the very nature of your call for help, you are drawing near to Him!

Just being with Him. This counts far more than you know, beloved. It counts with Him! Your mind and heart turned to Him is more precious than all the world in His eyes. You are His precious and dearly beloved son or daughter.

He cares for you better than any earthly parent, pastor, mentor or friend could manage to muster up. He pours His love upon you. Our Abba sees you, His beloved child.

Even when all you can do is simply be with Him, He loves you and He cherishes every moment. You are His beloved one, in whom He delights.