As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:1-4

The friendship of Jonathan and David is so incredible to me. Here you have Jonathan, the son of King Saul. He’s probably been groomed to succeed the throne after Saul steps down or dies. When David is chosen to succeed instead, Jonathan doesn’t resent him like you would expect. Instead, Jonathan loves David as himself. You see the very first Prince of Israel graciously give up his position for his best friend. Continue reading

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Modest is the Hottest

Fall is tied with winter for being my favorite season. You would understand the confusion I may have of these two seasons if you lived in Texas. In Houston, the first day of fall, which was a few days ago, had a high temperature of 92 degrees farenheit and a low of 73 degrees. Sure, that may not seem like a fall day to you, but a low of 73?! That’s amazing. Pretty soon, we’ll be seeing the boots and tights come out. We’ll switch over from thin, summer scarves to thick, knitted, comfy ones. There’s just something about this time of year that brings comfort. It also brings great change. We all witness the leaves turn to beautiful colors and eventually wither away as the temperatures drop. And those of us who suffer through seasonal allergies all of a sudden can breathe. It’s just great. Saying goodbye to summer (hopefully) means goodbye to crop tops and shorts that you wore when you were 8, but now you’re 25…

Modesty may be easy for a lot of us as the seasons change, but I propose that modesty has a lot more to do with how our hearts are dressed than how our bodies are.

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Pilots & Promises: Lessons in Pilgrimage

Guest Author: Becky Collier

As per custom, the pilot gave his usual announcement as the plane descended through the clouds and the attendants prepared for landing. My stomach fluttered, and I glanced at our three oldest children, instinctively noticing their eyes glazed with exhaustion, clothes and hair disheveled. Lethargically, they gathered their belongings and buckled their third and final seat belt of the day. My little sojourners. Their young, sweet faces and sad countenances revealed their fears of returning to a strange, far away country, far away from loved ones and familiarity, where people spoke a strange language. My dear husband, sleep deprived, body limp, sat staring ahead, he too with eyes glazed thoroughly spent from three months of self-abandoned service to his Savior and burden laden for State-side saints. Our one year old laid almost lifeless across my lap for the entire duration of our final flight, to then finally stir from her slumber to give me a dream drunk smile, and coo, completely oblivious to yet another journey and major life change. She nestled her head deep into my chest, and I sang softly, lulling her back to sleep. I, also sleep deprived and physically exhausted, sat still in my seat, breathing deep, my heart and mind flooded with emotions. Yet, another life was growing inside of me, and a faint heartbeat pounded alongside of mine. With chin down, eyes fixed, I drew a long breath, and slowly exhaled, FOCUS. From the deep inner wells of my being, the Spirit surfaced with comforting words,

“You will keep him at perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For Yah, the Lord is everlasting strength.”

Isaiah 26:3-4

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Compassionate One

 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36

When I was a kid, I distinctly remember this one time I was at the mall with my parents, and I got separated from them. I was right by my mom in one second. Without realizing, I got distracted by something and had lost visual of my mom. My immediate response of course was to loudly cry out “Mommy!” repeatedly as I was lost in a maze of clothing stands that hid my view of anyone familiar. There were a couple of really nice salespeople who actually pointed me in the right direction, and I was reunited! It was the most terrifying 30 seconds of my 4 year old self. Continue reading

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Skydecks & Other Such Difficulties

So…I’m afraid of heights. I get scared driving over bridges, refuse to open my eyes on roller coasters and almost passed out at the top of Rockefeller Center where there is no safe place for a person who is terrified of heights.

My brother-in-law was excited to take us to Willis tower in downtown Chicago a couple of years ago when our family went to visit. I felt hopeful when the women at the bottom told us that the visibility was reduced because of fog and gave us half priced tickets, and REJOICED to find at the top that the fog was so thick we couldn’t see anything looking down. We were enveloped in a fluffy cloud on all sides, and my brother-in-law was disappointed, but I thoroughly enjoyed walking around reading all about Willis tower without having to see the street from 110 stories up (apparently on a clear night, you can look through a telescope and see lights in Asia).

Even with the fog, I didn’t want to go out on the skydeck – a giant glass box that sticks out from the side of the building. I didn’t CARE that the weight limit was 10,000 pounds, I hadn’t weighed myself in a few days and wasn’t about to chance it! Continue reading

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