I was serving in rural Kenya with a mission team building an aquaponics system that would benefit a local church. It was hard work, and we were behind schedule. One afternoon, with precious few hours of daylight left to work, a local woman came to visit and see the project. Our team leader asked me […]
If I had to describe myself in one word it would be, “needy.” I’ve felt this way for the last few years. I have a lot of experience with it, an unfortunate expertise.
The question is not, “are we needy?” The question is, “are we needy well?”
You, dear reader, are needy, too. My husband frequently reminds me that it’s good to be needy. Our needs extend well beyond our physical possessions. In my life, I find that my physical neediness always points me to my spiritual neediness.
How can I bring glory to God in my neediness? How is my being needy a good thing?
Join me in this journey that began with a simple, heartfelt prayer:
“Lord, help me to be needy well.”
For a more thorough manifesto on be needy well, click here.
It was a big day in Jerusalem. The temple built by Solomon, but destroyed by the Babylonians, was being rebuilt. It was a day of great celebration for the Israelites. The Jews had suffered for decades because of their disobedience (see 1 Kings 9:6-9). They endured exile and captivity, besiegement and destruction. However, Ezra tells the […]
“It wasn’t supposed to be this way.” Have you ever said these words? Thought them? I suspect I’m not the only one. We all experience circumstances not of our choosing, situations that don’t go the way we want or expect. Our supposed to’s may seem harmless, but they can easily become idols. If we’re clinging […]