10360525805_d5001651de_oWe’ve spent the past 2 1/2 weeks working to patch up our walls, ceilings, and refinish the floors in our living and dining rooms. There have been many hours of work prepping, sanding, painting, and finishing. However, now that it is done, the end product is almost breathtaking.

All of the hard work has paid off in a gorgeous end result. The floors looked terrible, the walls had cracks and chips and the ceilings were uneven and had large cracks. To look at it all now is just marvelous.

Above all, the floors are amazing. Many hours of sanding, 4 coats of finish and they are not the same floors!

All of this work has made me think of the beauty of Christ’s redemptive work in our lives. How much toil and energy he spend on earth. How much he had to give up his life with the Father in heaven (more than just 3 weeks of having a house in shambles). He worked so hard that it killed him, all to make us beautiful.

We were most vile and disgusting but through his work, he has redeemed us. He has restored us. Christ is the reason that we shine. He is the light of life and in him all men see.


my life is empty, shallow, vain

if it doesn’t pour, it won’t rain

such a struggle, to walk through today

all toil, work even play

where is the moon if the sun doesn’t rise

nothing but darkness to my eyes

me, mine, my, forever the tune

sounds like the anthem of my doom

filth and dirt no water can touch

is my third arm just a crutch

can’t see my feet, start or end

broken, in a while, none to mend

This is an allegorical poem to highlight the despair of life without Jesus. We are all broken, filthy and blind. We are lost and dieing. there is no hope.

But one day, we feel his strong arms and voice, we see his glorious light. He lifts us out of our selfish, sinful pit of death. He takes us in his arms. He washes us clean. He makes us new. He gives us sight. Jesus sets us free. Jesus gives us life.


The Fourth of July makes me think of freedom and independence. The day that the USA decided that tyranny from a foreign power was going to end. When we stepped out from under the shadow to stand on our feet.

However, today has much more significance to me as a reminder that I was once hopelessly enslaved to the Prince of this world. He had me enslaved and subjected to his tyranny. I was blind and dead. I had no hope in this world. As a child of wrath, the only thing coming was the judgment of God.

But thanks be Christ Jesus, for he took my punishment upon himself. He transferred me from the domain of darkness to the Kingdom of Light. He tasted the death that was mine and bore the wrath of the Father upon himself. Truly one set free by the Son is free indeed.

Truly each new day is a day of independence. Each day is a chance to be thankful and joyous that though I was blind yet now I see. Though I was dead, I have been raised to newness of life. Though I was a child of wrath, now I am a child of the King..

Today is a great day to realize that we can step out of the shadow of sin and death, that we can stand on our feet with the power of Christ. His Cross has bought us life and his life is why we live.

Let us celebrate that life in Christ. Let us also remember that in this life, we are surrounded by casualties and captives. Let us proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Refresh. To renew, to liven, to restore, to recharge, to stimulate. To make fresh again.

How long has it been since the fragrance of God was fresh in my life?

New years have served as a impetus to change, but this year, my impetus is not for change but for reformation, restructuring  refreshing.

As I spent time praying, the Lord filled my mind with images of the past, where I knew I was living in his will. Where I felt the pulse of his heart and the breath in his lungs. He made it clear to me that he was calling me back to the burdens, the cares, the struggles that have slowly taken the back seat. That have become old, diminished, tired, and stale.

He was urging me to make fresh again my desire to be his, to be like Christ.

My heart is being enlarged. I am transformed daily by the renewal of my mind into the likeness of Christ.

I don’t know what 2013 has in store but I want to burn like a bright light for my Creator and my Lover. I want to run with endurance the race set before me. I don’t want to leave behind any opportunity to do His will.

Join me as I imitate Christ. Refresh your hope. Refresh the joy of your salvation. Refresh.

Live for More

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:5-8 ESV

What is the purpose of our life? Do we strive to have more, earn more, be more?

What is the driving factor behind our decisions in life? What do we get upset about, what do we get happy about? These questions will help to guide you to the truth of your motives.

We should often check our hearts, to make sure that our lives are surrendered to the will of God.

If we live out of Philippians 2, our goals in life will change. We will cease to live for health, wealth, and prosperity. We will begin to take on the mind of Christ.

The driving question behind our life should be what can I do to bring glory God?

Are we living for ourselves or for Jesus Christ? Who is reigning in your life? Do we sit on our tiny thrones or do we prostrate ourselves before the King of kings?

Are we trying to humble ourselves, by the grace of God, like Jesus Christ?

Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

Psalm 49:20 ESV

The Cross is always a place that beckons us, to remember the death of Christ until his coming. It should always be a humbling place. A place where our flesh is crucified to the world.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9-11 ESV