Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
Vignette #1 It was my best friend Andrew and me sitting down at a Taco Bell in Little Rock. Suddenly, a man who was clearly homeless or close to it approached our table. He had a Walkman and was dancing to whatever music was playing. We didn’t know what to do, but he was obviously trying to get our attention. He took off his headphones and placed them on Andrew’s ears. Andrew, being the comedian that he is, just began spastically dancing to the music and getting into it. We a
For my husband Daniel and me, this has been the year of less. It’s been a year of downsizing, reevaluating and refreshing. Let me tell you about it. The Lord had been speaking to our hearts about simplicity and contentment with less. A few things that inspired me were Seven, a book by Jen Hatmaker (highly recommend); some friends of mine who had been living out of a Winnebago and loving it; and all the things Jesus said about possessions. Last summer, He gave us the perfect o