honesty
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:9-10 You have put off who you were. God is wrapping you in who He is....
bread
The first list of sins in Colossians chapter 3 focused on sins of the body. But this time, we’re looking at you, lips: But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Colossians 3:8 Put them all away, Paul writes, as I might tell my...
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There’s almost nothing I’m more thankful for than these faces and their dad. I am more like Christ for having loved them and having been loved by them. The only thing that surpasses them on my Thanksgiving list is the God I am thankful to for them — the direction, source and end of my gratitude. Our joy...
Fighting for Beauty.
I’m taking a short two-week break from The Colossians Project to catch up on life and love on my family.  In its place today, a re-post of one of my favorites — a holiday piece I wrote back in 2012 (with a new graphic for the pinning!). I hope it will help shape your thoughts and hearts during...
Three ways to find hope when you've made the wrong choices.
In these [sins, idolatries] you too once walked, when you were living in them. Colossians 3:7 This verse is shockingly physical. Walked means walked, and living means living. You can read it this way: In these sins and idolatries you too once formed all your decisions, made all your appointments, and took all your steps, when...
When you feel like you can't keep up.
I have spent much of the last twenty years feeling behind. Behind in the small things — the schedule and the work and the routine. Behind in the big things — the life and the kids and the goals. In Colossians 2:20 through 3:4, Paul has taught us that our true life belongs to another...
Yellow leaves
Paul has spent the last seven verses teaching us one thing: The life that we fret over — obsess over — slave for — feel guilty about — it isn’t even here anymore. It’s there. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Our best life has been...