Friday, July 22, 2011

Disclaimor: Radical

 Today I was shaken by a message from God. The wording is a little messy, and my thoughts are a little scattered, but I felt a sense of urgency in sharing the convictions the Lord has placed so graciously and firmly on my heart. I am posting a disclaimer to anyone who desires to live a comfortable, Christian life. The more God reveals to me, the more I realize how much of a paradox that statement really is.

 God I want to know you.

I want God's plans if God's plans are what I want.
Jesus, I will do what it takes if what it takes is not too much.
I will speak on a stage to thousands of teens.
I will move to Hollywood to reach the lost.
I will write a dozen books about your love.
But what are the lengths I am willing to go?
I will marry a strong Christian man,
and raise two Christian children in church.
I will serve in my community and volunteer for different ministries.
I will adopt a little Chinese girl and even name her Amariah-gift from God.
I will go on Mission trips instead of vacations.
I will buy a meal for the homeless man on the street.
But what are the lengths I am willing to go?
Sure God, I will do your will.
But only if the cost is cheap, the road is easy, and the reward is great.
Of course God, I will follow you.
But only if it veers not far from the path I have already set out for my life.

 His response left me breathless. 

My child,
Will you follow me when the way is tough?
Will you follow me when the load gets heavy?
Will you follow me when the cost is great? Devastating?
Will you follow me if it requires a life of celibacy and a barren womb?
Will you follow me if it leads to persecution?
Will you follow me if your highest calling is the burning steak?
Will you follow me if it means not coming back?

Do you still want to know me?

Luke 9:23,24

Then He said to them all, if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Luke 14:33
Unless you give up everything you own. You cannot become my disciple.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dear Hollywood

 Somewhere down the line
We bought the devil’s lie
That we are broken beyond repair.

All she wanted was to be known.
But she gave her life up for the throne,
And everything she called her own.
She began pursuit of poise and fame
To bring herself a better name
But somehow ended up alone.
She gave it all for too small a cost
Seeking after all she’d lost
Not knowing how much she’d have to pay
She sacrificed her life her will,
For beauty, men, and dollar bills,
How quickly black does fade to grey.
Lost and broken, torn apart
They covered scars and called it art.
Was this the place of no return?
They took advantage and stripped away
Knowing what she’d have to pay-
As they all watched her burn.
Hollywood-God’s got a plan
Bigger than some one night stand
Or a drug that cannot fill
Forget all that you’ve been told
And trade your glitter for the gold
If you’ll just fight for something real
Hollywood-you hold the key
If you will simply bow your knee
And make known a name for a King
Hollywood-you’ll make it far
On more than just a fancy car
Or an empty diamond ring.
You’ve traded commitment for a fling
And wondered why you felt the sting
Of emptiness and pain
You’ve searched so long for something more
Than what you had to bargain for
And all you had to gain
Were empty bottles and broken dreams
Thinking you could seal the seams
With one enticing plea.
Oh Hollywood-when will you see
What it means to be truly free?

Monday, July 11, 2011


I could take on the world
here in your arms.
slaying demons in your name.
I could move mountains
with a seed of faith
and withstand the furnace flame.

I could write a book
for every miracle
and the world would be too small
to contain the words
that hold your heart
of your life's impending call

I could win a battle
of a mighty army
with 300 faithful men
I could tame a lion,
raise the dead,
and calm the mighty wind

I could call a nation
to it's knees
if you asked me to my Lord-
I could fight the devil
with but a book
you call the sacred sword.

I could thirst no more
with not one drop,
by the grace of your great love,
but oh the shame
I dare proclaim
when you ask,
"My child, am I enough?"