The Palace that God Builds


“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Here’s a great message from Ray Ortlund, entitled “Don’t Be Shocked When Jesus Wrecks Your Life.” If you are under God’s construction, be encouraged that Jesus is up to something big.

Don’t Be Shocked When Jesus Wrecks Your Life

Weary Moms, Take Heart!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. Today is another normal day.

For Mom’s of small kids, normal is hard.


Normal is demanding.

Normal is draining.

And normal can often be discouraging,

Mainly because normal is so exhausting.

If that’s you, I hope you know how incredibly rewarding your normal days are for all those you serve.

As you walk into another normal day, here’s what I believe God would want you to know:

He sees, He knows, and He rejoices your normal, mundane days. He will reward you for all your hard work and labor:

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Be encouraged as you enter another “normal” day.

God sees your work. God sees your love. God sees your service. And God is with you. One day your children will look back and rise up to call you blessed for all your normal days (Prov. 31:28)

Here’s the note I gave to my wife yesterday; her normal is anything but normal to me. It leaves me constantly amazed:

“The work never ends
for a mom of small kids

The cooking, the cleaning,
the constant repeating

The messes, the stresses
the mid-night regresses

The joy and the laughter,
the sweet “ever-after”

You do it all
with such love
and such grace

Leaving me, constantly,
ever AMAZED.

Weary moms, take heart: You are amazing.

And most importantly, God is with you. May He strengthen you with grace for another “normal” day, for His glory!

Expect More From God


“For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance.” Matthew 13:12

This is happy news for every believer in Christ! Here’s why.

For to the one who has, more will be given.

Have you received the glorious gift of salvation? Then, you can expect that more will be given and you will have an abundance of grace. “He who did not spare His own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Has God shown mercy to you? Then, you can expect that his mercies will be renewed to you each morning, so great is his faithfulness (Lam. 3:21-23).

Have you been justified by His grace? Then expect to be sanctified, as well. “It is to the Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

Christ will distinguish his own. To the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance.

    Could this be? Could God be so gracious?

    Could the spring once opened to me never run dry?

    Could the fountain of grace that has renewed my soul really be ever-flowing?

Yes, it is true! God is this gracious.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30

The receiving of mercy from God should inflame an eager expectation for more of his mercy and grace.

This is remarkable. You have received mercy from God, and here’s what you can now expect: MORE MERCY!

Let past mercies foster future faith to anticipate more from your gracious God.

Come, and ask for more. He really is that gracious.

Jesus said,

“Ask and you shall receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you Fathers, if your son asked for a fish would give him a snake, or if he asked for an egg would give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask?” (Luke 11:9-10).

Upheld by grace, daily, let us rest in the goodness of God’s everlasting love and exclaim with the psalmist:

“Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all of the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:6)