Over the past months, I have waged spiritual war on a level higher than ever before. And during it, I’ve felt an unusual desperation: a pain-wracked plea for intervention only God can provide and the humbling acknowledgment all is lost if He doesn’t show up. But I’ve also discovered a deep intimacy, one of total … Continue reading Intimacy in War, Intimacy in Peace
Psalm 23:2-3 “He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” When I read this Psalm, I think of “the quiet” -- the stillness that is found when spending time with the Lord. He lays us … Continue reading In The Quiet – Lauren Cruise
I imagine she was the woman other women whispered about. The woman no man wanted except for a secret rendezvous on the bed of a dark room. Known for her inconspicuous service and convenient location, Rahab continually justified meeting the needs of multiple men. After all, she was available and it paid the bills. That’s … Continue reading Need a Lifeline?
Social Media Isn't Social I was twelve when the first social media page to hit the web was Myspace, when I was fourteen, Facebook, and when I was fifteen, Instagram. Slowly each site began to get more and more traffic, and sharing our thoughts, opinions, and actions became the social norm. I was consumed with the … Continue reading Best of BoP Week
Valuable Valleys WHO WERE YOU BEFORE THE HURT? Have you ever wondered who you were before whatever happened, happened. You know, that person or thing that hurt you enough to change who you were? Listening to the car radio the other day, Gilbert O’Sullivan was singing Alone Again, Naturally. It’s about a guy who gets jilted … Continue reading Best of BoP Week
Hallmark Moments for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 There are moments in our lives when time seems to stand still. Swinging that tassel across the top of the cap and stepping from the hurts of the past few years into your bright and promising new future. Standing picturesque at the altar in your white gown holding a … Continue reading Best of Breath on Paper Week
It's Only Temporary "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5 The Bible says the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). But he also likes to disrupt my slumber. Just as my head hits the pillow with what I'm hoping are happy peaceful thoughts I … Continue reading Best of BREATH Week