Stripped. January 2, 2012

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As I was removing the ornaments from our Christmas tree today, I had a blast from the past make it’s way into my brain. “Back in the day”, I used to listen to this funky Christian band called Painted Orange.

They had a song called “Colours” with a lyric line I’ve never been able to forget:

“When I stand alone in God’s perfect light,

He’ll strip away my colours.”

Surely an evergreen tree isn’t as eye-catching to most people when it’s stripped of all the lights and colorful decorations, but is it any less beautiful? In fact, maybe it’s more beautiful because you can see it as exactly as it was created.

Mr. Fred Rogers said, “But Jesus would want us to feel as good as possible about God’s creation within us. And in here [in our minds], we would look through eyes, and see what’s wonderful about our neighbor. I often think about that.”

The closer we get to our Creator, the more stripped of all the colors the world and life has painted and splattered on us. Then we are able to really grasp the true beauty we’ve been all along because God’s creation and plan for us becomes our vibrant color.

Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,



Why Do We Need to Lose “the Weight”? August 3, 2011

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Don’t worry. This isn’t about diets, exercises or any such thing. It’s about burdens.


Last night I had a dream. It wasn’t one of those “I have GOT to stop eating Mutton-Lettuce-And-Tomato sandwiches before bed” types of dreams. It was a dream given by God to urge me to pray for a girl I love very much. The thing is, I woke up feeling heavily-burdened for this person. All morning through my quiet time with God and through breakfast, I just felt so heavy for her. I drove to the bank and began singing a song of intercession for her, meaning I prayed for her but as the words came out instead of just saying them, I spontaneously sang them as a melody. As I sang, these words came out of my mouth:


“I feel the weight. I feel the weight.

But this weight is not mine to carry.

If I’m holding onto the weight of this burden that means I have to put down theĀ 

shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit.

A soldier on the battlefield with no weapon and no defense is useless.

This weight is useless to me, so I lay it down and give it to You and I pick up Faith and the Word of God once again.

And I will use these weapons to fight for her as You take care of the weight.”

Maybe it’s something I knew in my head before but today it moved to my heart. The burdens I feel for the Sparrows and for others I pray for are not mine to carry. If I choose to grab onto those burdens, I have to put down some of my battle equipment…and that’s just not going to work.

Not a sparrow falls without the Father knowing,