Where I Call Home

Author and blogger Tsh Oxenrider has just released a new book called At Home in the World

I have not read this book…yet. But I have listened to Tsh talk about it on her podcast, and am so looking forward to reading it soon. Tsh shares the story of her family’s year of travel around the world, but also challenges us to be at home in our own places–wherever we may find ourselves.

And then, to celebrate the release of this book, Tsh set out several challenges for us to share our own stories. This is the specific challenge I picked up:

Tell why you’ve chosen to stay
wherever it is you call home. 

This has been something I’ve come face to face with yet again this year. So I’m glad to have the opportunity to wrap a few words (and lots of pictures) around my thoughts on this subject…not just for you, dear reader, but also (maybe most of all) for me. Continue reading

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Ask and I’ll Give the Nations to You

black and white - treeA couple of weeks ago during church, we sang this song, which I hadn’t sung probably since high school.

In fact, high school is the reason why the song had such an impression on me years later. You see, I tend to mark certain seasons of my life with songs or song albums. Hearing certain songs or artists immediately takes me back to specific places and times.  Continue reading

Wonderfully Made {A Song for You}

Ellie Holcomb just came out with a new album yesterday. I love the way that she weaves Scripture directly into her songs, allowing us to sing out God’s Word over our lives. This one specifically has been moving my heart the past couple of days…Enjoy!

Wonderfully Made – Ellie Holcomb

It’s two in the morning
And I’m still awake in my bed
I can’t shake these lies
They keep running around in my head

But what if I saw me
The way that You see me
What if I believed it was true
What if I traded
This shame and self-hatred
For a chance at believing You

That You knit me together in my mother’s womb
You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You search me and know me
You know when I sit, when I rise
So You must know the choices I’ve made
And the pain that I hide

But what if I saw me
The way that You see me
What if I believed it was true
What if I traded
This shame and self-hatred
For a chance at believing You

‘Cause You knit me together in my mother’s womb
And You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

Your eyes, they have seen me before I was born
And You know all the good things that You made me for
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

When I consider the heavens above
Oh, what is man that You are mindful of us
Still You say that we’re wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You promised that You’ll never leave me, O Lord
That You hem me in both behind and before
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

You knit me together in my mother’s womb
You say that I’ve never been hidden from You
You say that I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

Your eyes, they have seen me before I was born
And You know all the good things that You made me for
And I’m wonderfully
Wonderfully made

“See in This a Chance to Die…”

imageIt’s been years since I’ve written poems or songs, but I was reminded today of this poem I wrote way back in 2005…It is based on a quote by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India. Even though this was written years ago (and you can tell it was written by a teenager), I still am able to reflect and see parts of my heart in it. But God is challenging me that even in the things I face today, I need to die to myself and put my trust completely in Him.

What about you?…

A Chance to Die

I know I have been called to a life of prayer
A life of compassion and of care
But so often I choose not to obey
And instead choose to go my own way
“See in this a chance to die.”

I struggle with being the real “me”
And too often worry of what others might think
Although I know Father longs to draw me near
I’m distracted by how I seem to appear
“See in this a chance to die.”

I wish I could see more than just one step ahead
My future is dim, and I see the unknown instead
Knowing that You are going to use me to bless
Doesn’t make me fear any less
“See in this a chance to die.”

Among all this confusion and chaos
Fortunately my God is not at a loss
He walks beside me with His guiding light
And gently shows me how to do right
“My child, who knows this path better than I?”