Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Survive the Flood

"It didn't make it through the flood"

he responded, when I inquired about our popcorn machine

and then I remembered
how we lost it in the flood

how we lost almost everything on the ground floor of our house
when it flooded almost three years ago...

"Saddest words ever"

I texted back

(because microwave popcorn just isn't the same)


"Five Senses" poster courtesy of makeandtakes.com

my thoughts drifting to Noah and his family

wife
3 sons

with
3 wives

"only eight souls saved by water"

and although I'm sure they were grateful for grace
I wonder if they ever just sat and

talked about
remembered
reminisced

over how things were...

before the Flood

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blog Blackout




as I have intentionally

removed
blacked out
silenced

all of the other posts
on this blog

to bring you the following message...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Let Him Flood Your House... (One Year Later)

I kneel here daily to pray



and as I speak to Him
I find peace in the place that once offered only panic

But this time?  Today?

He speaks back

and says

open your eyes
look up
remember


And as I do, I am aware that it has been almost one year

in this very spot
where I am

kneeling
praying

that my ceiling landed on the floor

And it's almost as if I can feel Him saying...

Yes, that was hard, but look up.
You have things now that you didn't have then

And I open my eyes to see

fresh paint
recessed lighting
a new ceiling fan

and soggy carpet that has been replaced
with hardwood supporting my full weight

as I worship here on my knees

Then once again my house begins to flood
(only this time with tears)

because you can only know Him like this

if a house floods...
when a house floods...

So, my dear friends, I want to encourage you to please

Let Him flood your house

because yes
you will

worry
cry
question

wonder and experience
the most vulnerable moments of your life

you will come to know

both calamity and comfort
fear and faith

and perhaps you may even panic
(right before you remember to praise)

But then, and only then, can you look up to discover...

that the things you have now are

even better
much better
way better

than the things that you had then

(sharing this today)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Home Remodel

This past summer we came home to find our house flooded
and what has since unfolded has been one of the most

amazingly scary
shockingly revealing

experiences of my life
(to date)

I have...

talked to God in new ways
heard Him speak in new ways and
seen Him do things I hadn't even dreamed of

and when it was all said and done
I witnessed Him turn our MESS into a MESSAGE!
(Thank you Chanea for reminding me...again)


The Living Room
Before
During renovation


After
 
The Kitchen


 
 

And I've always believed, but now I know for sure that...
God really did make a man out of dust

because I have seen Him take

our dust
our rubbish
our tragedy

and turn it into something beautiful

(Romans 8:28)

 
 
sharing this lesson...

Friday, October 24, 2014

When It Seems Your Prayer Is A Contradiction

I had been asking for more...

praying about it
singing about it

and before I knew it, I was completely surrounded

with

newness
challenge
change

until one day I actually heard myself saying...

"Lord, this is too much!"

and it seemed that my prayer had been a contradiction

 
so I took some time to...

pause
reflect
reconsider

and as we began piecing our home back together

paint
flooring
furniture

 
 
 
 
 

I remembered the old saying... "less is more"
and realized that sometimes
 
when you're craving more
what you could really be craving is actually less
 
less drama
less fuss
fewer frills
 
and that's when the full realization that God knows best
(and that His timing is impeccable)
 
will light upon you
 
as you graciously learn how to
 
believe
fight
endure
 
even when
it seems that your prayer is a contradiction
 
_________________________________________
 
 
Thanking God we're back in our home!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We All Have Walls

I read about a group of people who were intimidated by walls
(and the giants living behind those walls)

so

they marched
they prayed
they praised

in faith that their walls would come down
and after seven days...

they did

It's been over a month...

since our house was flooded
the ceiling crumbled and
walls came down



and lately I've been thinking a lot about walls

which walls to keep
which walls to leave down
which walls to put back up

and I've come to realize in life that

we are all faced with walls

walls to tear down
walls to build up
walls that divide
walls that protect

we all have some kind of wall

and whether our walls represent

confusion and division
or
refuge and peace

we know that there is always more work to be done

and it is up to us to

keep marching
keep praying
keep praising

grateful to just have walls



Thanking God for walls!
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Rebuilding of a House

Although it has been almost three weeks since the day we came home
to find our house flooded it still seems like a dream


Walls have been removed and replaced
Floors have been pulled up and discarded
The house has been gutted and nothing seems the same...

The workers are diligently...

remodeling
renovating
restructuring

our home
to turn our tragedy into something beautiful


And some days we feel just like that house
(like we've been gutted)

but we dare not complain because we understand
that sometimes

God chooses to destroy the old to make anew

and if we are, in fact, God's house then it is easy to see why
He tears out the old...

dark thoughts
bad habits
old ways

to make

something beautiful
and new

As He takes our...

old lives
filled with sin and shame

to give us His
filled with hope and love

and even though I may not have chosen for it all to happen in this way

I am so grateful that He is still diligently...

remodeling
renovating
restructuring

this house


Ever feel like your entire life is under construction? 
(click here to see the walls back up!)