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When God Sings Over You

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Not long ago in the darkness of night, I sang over my daughter. Not because she had accomplished anything remarkable or because she did anything to deserve it. On the contrary, I sang over her because she was sick. I smoothed her hair, held her close, said a prayer and sang a song as my husband cleaned vomit off the floor.

As I sat on the bed, holding her close I was reminded of Zephaniah 3:17, which says He rejoices over us with singing. I’ve always loved that verse; the picture of God singing over us has always been a tender, intimate image. Yet that night, with vomit at my feet, I suddenly understood the verse in a whole new light.

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My daughter had nothing to bring that night, nothing to offer me, nothing to give apart from her broken, sick, vomit-scented self. There was no cause for celebration or song, and yet I sang over her simply because I love her and she’s my child.

And this is the same way God promises to sing over us! Zephaniah 3:17 follows verses in which God is detailing Israel’s brokenness and disobedience. Zephaniah 2:7 says: “But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.” Israel had NOTHING to bring that was cause for song. In fact, on the contrary, their corrupt actions deserved rebuke and discipline … certainly not rejoicing. And yet, GOD, in his great mercy and faithfulness restored Jerusalem, removed her punishment, and rejoiced over her with singing!

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That night as I sat with my daughter, singing over her sickness and her emptiness, I realized that this is what Zephaniah 3:17 looks like in our own life. We come to God in our sin and our filth and brokenness with our tattered rags and our disobedience and our vomit-scented selves, and even then … especially then … He restores us and rejoices over us with singing!

We don’t need to clean ourselves up. We don’t need to mend our tattered rags or pick up our mess. We don’t need to reassemble the broken pieces or cobble together the shattered parts. His singing over us isn’t dependent on ANYTHING we do or anything we bring. Instead, He sings over us simply because we are HIS, and He loves us.

I don’t know about you and your circumstances. I don’t know about your mess or your broken parts or your shattered pieces. But I know this: the same God who sent His son to die on the cross for YOUR sins is the same God who rejoices over you with singing just as you are simply because HE LOVES YOU!

You are His, and He is singing. I pray you have ears to hear His song today!


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The Light is Growing

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It’s the first day of April … the month of Easter. And the light has been growing longer each day, stretching higher and wider. And it all feels a bit like it’s in anticipation of the coming Easter. If you feel like hope is elusive and rescue feels distant and resurrection is impossible, just hang on! Because the light is GROWING, and Easter is coming!

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The light is growing, can you see?⁣
The days are getting long.⁣
Dark shrinks back, new life bursts forth,⁣
The earth awakes with song.⁣

Yet in a dark and lonely tomb,⁣
the Savior rests his head.⁣
For two days now, his body’s lain:⁣
beaten, broken, dead.⁣

And on the morning of the third,⁣
hope feels consumed by loss.⁣
It seems that death has triumphed⁣
on that brutal Roman cross.⁣

And gleeful is the enemy⁣
who thinks he’s finally won.⁣
But the story isn’t over yet.⁣
Our Jesus isn’t done!⁣

For light is growing, can you see?⁣
He’s overcoming death!⁣
When Jesus Christ,⁣
the sacrifice,⁣
our Savior …⁣
takes a breath!⁣

The darkness flees. The heavens roar.⁣
The earth begins to shake.⁣
The massive stone is rolled away,⁣
as the slain lamb … W A K E S.⁣

And then our resurrected King⁣
steps out into the day.⁣
He leaves behind an empty tomb.⁣
The grave can’t make him stay!⁣

So from now into eternity,⁣
death has lost its sting!⁣
For Christ is risen, Christ is risen!⁣
He’s our resurrected King!⁣

– Shalene Roberts


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There is Room for You

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Sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Sometimes it feels like the market is saturated when it comes to your gifting, your talent, your passion. You feel like God has called you to something …  something bigger than yourself, but you wonder if anyone will receive it. There are so many others who have already cornered that market, or so it seems.

Is there really room for you? 

I know this feeling. I know the sting of rejection, the long-suffering in the waiting, and the ache of watching others achieve that for which you’ve longed. The Bible tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice, but that command is so hard when you wonder if the rejoicing will ever come for YOU? 

But I also know this …

I know that no one else has your voice, your experiences, your skill set, your journey. No one else can give what only you can give. I know that God’s word never comes back void, and He always fulfills His promises! If He has given you a work to do, He will make a way. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will open doors you couldn’t have walked through on your own, and He will equip you for the task to which He has called you.

Trust Him. 

Sarah was 90 years old when Isaac was born. The Israelites wandered 40 years before entering the promised land. Paul waited nearly 20 years to preach in Rome. His timing isn’t always our own, but His timing is perfect. And He has you in this season of waiting for a reason.

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So cling fast to Him. Press into Him. Count on Him to keep His promises. Hone your skills and work for His approval, not man’s. Fill up on His goodness, His grace, His Gospel so that when He calls upon you to pour out, you can’t help but let all that you’ve stored up within overflow.

Your craft is HIS. He has given it to you for HIS glory, for a specific purpose and a specific time. He will complete the good work He has started in you. 

” … he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6


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To the Mom Who Fears She’s Missed Her Calling

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To the mom who’s tending babies and teaching toddlers and training teens … to the mom who gave up goals and dropped dreams and put aside plans … to the mom who commits herself to the pouring out and the selfless sacrifices and the unseen work … to YOU … please allow me to tell you something:

You have not missed your calling.

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I know sometimes it feels that way. But the 1,000 selfless sacrifices you make every day for the good of your children is the Gospel at work. And right there in your home as you love and teach and serve, you are fulfilling the Great Commission. You aren’t just raising the next generation. You are making disciples. You are bringing up Christ followers.

And there’s no greater calling than that.

 John the Baptist never performed a miracle, and yet when he spoke of him Jesus said: “Among those born of women, there is no one greater.” (Luke 7:28). John lived his life pointing to Christ, and humanity is changed for it. How might the world be changed simply because you live your life pointing your children to Christ?

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G.K. Chesterton said, “The business done in the home is nothing less than the shaping of the bodies and souls of humanity.”⁣

 Your daily tending to the needs of your children is a tangible shaping of bodies and souls. You who are literally the hands and feet of Christ are doing work that will ripple throughout eternity. You are called to this high work. It’s not your only calling. You may have other giftings that will play out in different spaces and at various times. You may have other places to use your talents; there may be other areas God will use you for His glory.

But your motherhood role is perhaps your most important calling.

So no dear mama, you haven’t missed your calling. You are living in the midst of it right now. Motherhood is the Gospel at work in every moment of every day, and IT CHANGES LIVES FOR ETERNITY.

Don’t ever think less of it.


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The Hope of Hospitality

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“How does hospitality affect justice?” His question echoed across the quiet living room, swelling and then settling among our friends seated there. I looked at my husband quizzically as my own thoughts began to take shape. 

Hospitality + Justice. I’d never considered them equal parts of a pair.

Then a voice broke through the quiet. “I need your prayers,” she implored us. “I want to show hospitality, especially with the holidays coming, but I’m stressed about all the work and the preparations … how do you show hospitality without stressing about it?”

And that’s when it hit me … we have replaced hospitality with entertaining, and I’m not sure we even see it.

I love the idea and the execution of hospitality … open arms and flung-wide doors inviting people to take a seat at the table. I enjoy the preparation and the presentation. But what if there’s more to it? What if hospitality is more about healing hearts and less about entertaining events?

Hospitality. It’s a funny word, really. Five syllables and nearly as many vowels. It has both weight and depth, and it rings with meaning. The original Latin word—hospitalitem—translates as “friendliness to guests”. Later it appears in Old French as “ospitalité” and is interpreted to mean the intentional act of hospitality and a physical hospital. 

It’s a word that conjures up images of open homes, flung-wide doors, welcoming arms, nourishing meals, and a healing refuge. Hospitality is especially poignant this time of year, as the darkness lingers a little longer and we welcome the arrival of the holiday season and all that it entails.

During this season especially, we long to give and receive hospitality, to create an environment conducive to the expression of it. And often in doing so we fret and fuss in an effort to get it right—the food, the house, the table, the gifts.

But what if in all our fretting we’re getting it wrong? What if our experience of hospitality isn’t hospitality at all? What if hospitality is less about hosting and more about our hearts, less about a tablescape and more about an actual place of escape … from fear, sickness, loneliness, homelessness, poverty. 

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What if hospitality is the vehicle through which justice is served? What if it’s a tangible picture of rescue and redemption? What if hospitality is the means through which the heart of the Gospel grows hands and feet?  

Jesus exemplified true hospitality when he healed the sick, fed the hungry, wept with the mourners, ate with the sinners, loved the unlovable. His hospitality wasn’t a method of entertaining, rather it was the means through which he gifted grace. THIS is the hope of hospitality.  

How would our expression of hospitality change if we ascribed to this THIS definition? And how would it affect our families, our neighborhoods, our communities? I challenge us to find out. So this holiday season—and always—let’s be a people who seek not to set a perfect place setting, but to leave space for the sick, the lonely, the outcast, the poor. And when the pressure, the stress, the expectations of the holiday season become heavy, may we remember that true hospitality is shown not in how we host, but in how we seek to gift grace.

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