In the Shadow of the Cross

Seeing life clearly in the shadow of the cross.

Things look different in the shade and in the light. The blinding sun can make it difficult to see clearly so I prefer seeing clearly in the shade. On hot days, I love the shade much more than the scorching heat of the sun.

The purpose of this blog is to see and feel differently in the shade of the cross of Christ. Without the sacrifice of Jesus, the heat of God’s wrath can scorch my soul. I can feel the guilt of sin. I also see life by means of performance. How can I perform for people in order to get their approval? How can I perform for God so that he blesses me? The burden of performance can be blinding. In the shadow of the cross, I can see life for what it really is.

Living in the shadow of the cross is liberating. So I am going to blog my own personal devotion life. You will see me use the word “I” a lot. You will watch me write as I see myself. Then you discover with me what I look like in the shadow of the cross. The love of God is transformational. I pray that my experience can help some of you see yourself in the shadow of the cross of Jesus so he can transform you.

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God is Jealous?

Jealous, ever feel that way? We are normally told not to be jealous. What about God? How can he be jealous? Isn't it petty for him to be jealous?

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Grace vs. Truth

Of all the content that I feed me, is it grace or truth? Naturally I do neither. It is so easy to lie to myself. Instead of using that truth to simply expose me, naked and ashamed, Jesus uses it to heal me.

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All Purpose, No Luck

Wouldn't it be nice if life would go according to plan and be as easy as I thought it would be? Instead there are frustrations, roadblocks, limits to time and energy, and sin. That's when I need the reminder that there is another one planning in my life and for my life. The plan has a result of amazing glory now and later.

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I am _________.

I am strong. I am confident. I am all these things for me and from me. I am loved. I am delivered. I am saved.

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Functional Saviors

Let down. You've experienced it. What did you expect? You wanted fulfillment, happiness, support, and encouragement but didn't get it. It is ok to feel let down by another person. There is only one Savior, God himself.

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Focus

What's important? What does that look like for my relationship with the Father? Far too often, I choose other things that hinder that relationship instead of help it. I notice it. I feel worse. I snap at the kids. I get frustrated easily. Why do I make poor choices?

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Perfectionism Destroys My Perfectionism

I need this perfectionism beat out of me with a wooden stick. God does just that. He takes the wood of the cross, the perfect sacrifice, and brings me to my knees.

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In The Shadow

Start every day with looking at the cross, and you will see life better.

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Hidden Treasure

Jesus yearns for me to relationship with him so that he can share his wisdom and knowledge.

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Rescued

Spiritual darkness is something I’ve not experienced. God has spared me that. But it is nothing I have done. It is entirely by the grace of God.