Public Notes

Recent Activity

  • DAWN shared from The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken by Naomi Zacharias
    Wouldn’t it be easier to say, “I just registered a 7.8 on the Heartache Scale"? There would be no need for further explanation, and everyone could understand exactly what you had suffered. But we have no such measuring stick and often feel isolated by disappointment and loss we can’t describe. Worse still are the interactions with those who know just a portion of the story and offer their expert opinions on exactly what went wrong. The perceived error they confidently pinpoint as the cause more often than not just leaves us further confused and unsure of our own step. But any human tragedy...
  • DAWN shared from Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
    I tend to think that when everything is going well, I have the margin to do hard things, to make good choices—to read instead of watch TV, to eat well instead of eat poorly, to engage in deep conversation instead of chatter about other people. But it’s really the opposite, isn’t it? It’s the making of those harder, better choices right while everything’s a mess that makes the mess a little more manageable. I wanted every pizza in the state of Illinois last night. But this morning I would have had to add a sense of failure to my already bruised spirits. I’m not saying I woke up feeling...
  • DAWN shared from AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman
    The Pharisees listening to Jesus learned what we often forget: faithful followers of Christ aren’t on earth to assign blame; we’re here to free the trapped, bandage the wounded, help the hurting, and celebrate homecomings. AHA.
  • DAWN shared from unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons
    We are not responsible for outsiders' decisions, but we are accountable when our actions and attitudes-misrepresenting a holy, just, and loving God-have pushed outsiders away.
    Note: Amen to this...
  • DAWN shared from Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
    I don’t think God is giving me the silent treatment because He’s mad. I think God’s hope and plan for us is pretty simple to figure out. For those who resonate with formulas, here it is: add your whole life, your loves, your passions, and your interests together with what God said He wants us to be about, and that’s your answer. If you want to know the answer to the bigger question— what’s God’s plan for the whole world?—buckle up: it’s us. We’re God’s plan, and we always have been. We aren’t just supposed to be observers, listeners, or have a bunch of opinions. We’re...
    Note: Most of us don’t get an audible plan for our lives. It’s way better than that. We get to be God’s plan for the whole world by pointing people toward Him.”
  • DAWN shared from Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
    the real game of Bigger and Better that Jesus is playing with us usually isn’t about money or possessions or even our hopes. It’s about our pride. He asks if we’ll give up that thing we’re so proud of, that thing we believe causes us to matter in the eyes of the world, and give it up to follow Him. He’s asking us, “Will you take what you think defines you, leave it behind, and let Me define who you are instead?”
  • DAWN shared from Walking with Jesus: Daily Inspiration from the Gospel of John by Greg Laurie
    God gives us all the same gift. We all receive the same grace. We all have sin in our lives. We were all on the road to eternal separation from God. We were all saved by the love of Christ. So you see, every one of us has a testimony that is worth sharing.
  • DAWN shared from Fix Me, Love Them: Christianity as it Should Be by Matt Wells
    I believe that every problem we face with sin can be traced back to the desire for love, and every problem is overcome by discovering the love that God longs for us all to find through Him and the price He paid on the cross.
  • DAWN shared from Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments by Danny Gokey
    My focus is on building up and investing in other people through personal relationships. This is what matters, and this is what lasts forever. So much of what we value in life is temporary. We should invest in people, not things. This is the only path to the abundant life.
  • DAWN shared from Hope in Front of Me: Find Purpose in Your Darkest Moments by Danny Gokey
    Your heart is a second set of eyes to help you see the things of this world. If your heart has become evil through seeds of anger and hate, you will interpret life and every person’s actions through those negative eyes. A person might come shake your hand and compliment you, and your heart might analyze what they have done as having some kind of hidden motive or agenda.