Seeking Out The Lost

Photo Credit: Lawrence OP Flickr via Compfight cc The New Testament gospels give us deep insight into the heart of God for us. If we rush through the old, familiar stories, we miss the revelation of who He is. What happens when we sit before God’s living word with a desire to know Him? What happens […]

The Gain Is Far Greater Than The Loss

I wonder, what are the things we’re counting as ‘gain’? What are we lifting high and holding tightly? Loss can be defined as, “the state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value”. I wonder what my response would be to having to give up someone or something that I value? What’s my […]

Divine Friendship {An Invitation}

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,  unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 I’m reading through Trevor Hudson’s book, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship. In it, he shares, “Right where we are this moment, in the […]

Diffusing The Knowledge Of Christ

We think of ministry as big platforms, bright lights, fame, attention, and a mass following. But what about those of us who are less like Paul and Peter, and more like Jeremiah? Paul and Peter transformed the world in the power of the Holy Spirit. Masses came, repented, and joined the growing Church of God. […]

Truth and Grace

We’re reading through the book of Matthew when my 9-year-old stops mid-paragraph, “Hmmm, Jesus has some really good sayings!” She’s struck by the way His words cut right through the facades. He slices through the wrong motives with accuracy. He targets the source of the opposer’s discontent, anger, and bitterness. He sees the jealousy and rebellion even when it comes in disguise. […]

Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy.  Joy–refusing to die. Will not be quieted. Refusing to be harassed, and pushed off to the side. Joy–defying the circumstances, settling our hearts, anchoring our soul, and steadying our spirit. Joy–refusing to be extinguished, refusing to sit out on this dance called life. Joy–abounding, resounding, compounding. Defiant Joy.  Will not be quenched. Refusing to be smothered, destroyed, and […]

The Unfolding Of God’s Story In Your Life

Several days ago I picked up an old journal from 2011. I sat down and began thumbing through pages of my life. In the absence of a human audience, my soul poured out, naked and bare, before the King. This journal documents my soul-journey after our 2010 house fire. Something changed on the bathroom floor of […]

For When It’s Time To Let Go…

Several weeks ago I shared via email and on my Facebook page some changes that were going on both in my life, and here on the blog. Hello, friends! I sent out an email to my blog readers this morning. For those of you not on my email list, who’ve… Posted by Darlene Collazo at […]

Take a Hold of Your Inheritance {and a printable}

There are mornings when we need to stand before God’s word until it washes our soul. Mornings when fear, worry, anxiety, and doubt creep up silently. We don’t hear a thing. Yet, we feel it’s strangling grip around our throat. Before we realize it, the heavy weight of it comes crashing down on our chest […]

Beauty in the Quiet Life…

In this world of social media we’re told to put our life out there for all to feast on. Share every moment, every private detail, every picture of our children and all the ‘amazing’ things they do. Share the report cards, share the certificates, share, share, share… Years ago, I became convicted that I was […]