Grace Like Rain // The Weekend Brew

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I painted this piece last Sunday during worship.  Before I went out on stage, I was pondering this verse, Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.  (Psalm 42:7 ESV) As I reflected on this verse, all I could think about were the waves -- not the all consuming waves of God's presence which bring refreshing, but the waves of life which threaten to overtake you and pull you under, leaving you gasping for air, unable to breathe … [Read more...]

When Lent Is Not Giving Up But Looking In // The Weekend Brew

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Growing up in a structured, traditional church came with the yearly Lenten sacrifices. I would start planning weeks in advance for the "just right" thing to give up as my offering each Lent. Choosing involved making sure that whatever I gave up would hurt, but not too much. Giving up chocolate or desserts seem to be a typical "go to" sacrifice each Lent because I knew I could handle this for 6 weeks and often other family members were doing the same thing so there was strength in numbers. I … [Read more...]

You Are Loved // The Weekend Brew

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Dear One, I do not know what you are going through today. I do not know if your heart feels safe, held, cherished by those you love. But what I do know is this….. YOU are loved! Unconditionally, completely and without reservation. The King of Heaven delights to call You His daughter. He bought you with a price and you belong to Him. Nothing will ever separate you from His love. He will never let you go, never stop loving you. His desire is for you. Today may you find … [Read more...]