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Fall in Love with Jesus. Fall in Love with Life.

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"I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged Me." Isaiah 45:5

I know that the strength within me is not my own. In the most vulnerable moments of my life, God has equipped me with the strength I needed. I believe with my whole heart and soul that there is a God because if it wasn't for His strength, I wouldn't have made it through these moments.

As I reflect on the first few chapters of the story of my life, I realize that although sometimes I may think that it's me writing the story, God is holding my hand as I write. C.S. Lewis once said, "When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters; that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it."

Every good thing inside of us comes from God. When I love the person who treats me the worst, it is God loving through me. When I comfort a friend in need, it is God speaking through me.…

A Love Letter from God to You

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A Love Letter from God to You
(Haley Hoyle, May 2011)
Although you cringe and frown and glare, As into the mirror at your reflection you stare, Although you dream of altering the way you appear -
I will wipe away your every tear. For you are beautiful, My dear, more beautiful than you'll ever know, And I love you with a kind of love that the world will never be able to show.
Although you regret your mistakes of yesterday, And wish you were perfect like he, she, or they, Although you think you're weak when you stumble in life -       I will help you fight the thieves of the night. For you are beautiful, My dear, more beautiful than you'll ever know, And I love you with a kind of love that the world will never be able to show.
For you are My love, My gem, My treasure. Just glancing at your beautiful face, Gives Me the greatest pleasure.
You are My beloved, My joy, My everything. You are My beautiful melody, The song I love to sing.
No matter where life takes you, Through every high and every low. R…

Cindy

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"That secret kept me sick for 30 years. For 30 years, they told me I was crazy, and they said the horrible things from my childhood never happened. They just kept covering it up. All they did was yell and yell, and no one would stop and listen to what I had to say. So I just drank away my sorrows for 30 years. But now I've been sober for 3; I made it through. I'm movin' on."

When I first sat down next to Cindy, a homeless woman who has breakfast every Friday morning at a shelter in South Bend, Indiana, called "Our Lady of the Road," I was nervous. Cindy seemed pretty distant and almost annoyed, as if my presence wasn't needed. I started to feel silly, sacrificing my Friday morning to spend time with homeless people in my own broken city. Wondering what I was even doing there in the first place, I was about ready to move to another table when Cindy started a conversation.

"Yeah, they sure did try to cover it up, didn't they?" She looked…

Breaking It Down

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Enough with the fluff. I've written ad nauseum about the abundant grace of God and His endless mercy and love. I've used words like brokenness and redemption. I've shed light on the fact that God has the ability and the desire to change your life for the better. These words are great; don't get me wrong. But what does it all mean? Let's break it down. Let's make this simple.
I want to make something clear. Religion is not about having a "yay Jesus loves me now let's smile every second of the day" kind of attitude. Just because you have Jesus doesn't mean your life will be easy. Far from it, in fact.

Faith is not a feeling; it's an action. I do not naturally find it easy to believe in an invisible God, yet I make the conscious decision to trust in His goodness and might. Loving others and especially myself doesn't just happen on a whim. Rather, I choose to love despite faults, to forgive despite failures.

So many people complain that th…

Hands and Hearts

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Here I stand, in awe of the presence of Christ my King.
Oh Lord of Your sweet goodness I will forever sing. For You have refreshed my soul in ways unexpected. My heart You have stolen, shielded, protected. In Your arms I find the safe haven for which I so long. In Your embrace I find my peace - the home where I belong. You alone are my shelter, my most beautiful saving grace. No moment will compare to the moment I first saw Your face. Oh the wonder of Your face, that has saved me from myself. Oh the beauty of Your hands, so quick to catch me when I fell. Always so quick to guide me as I stumbled through the night. Always so willing to ease my fears whenever I put up a fight. Yet fight, hate, envy no more, as I realize just who You are. The end goal now being only love, as You guide me from afar. You held my hand and guided me through a former path of destruction. Giving me a new heart, not yet perfect, only beautifully under construction. God, You gave me new eyes to see You in a worl…