Why was God one of us?

FeaturedWhy was God one of us?

Over the years, I’ve realized trying to prove God’s existence is useless.

He already proved His existence.

Through creation, He expressed the breadth of His sovereignty, care and wisdom. Romans 1:20 says creation is a testimony to God in of itself. That’s also why the psalmist used the word ‘fool’ to describe those who say there is no God in Psalm 14:1.

Some wonder if He does exist, why not just come once and for all, proclaim and show your sovereignty, making no room for question?

Or did He and we missed it? Alanis Morrisette lamented in her song ‘What if God was one of us?’ by wondering what God would be like if He had lived among us. Oh the irony….

Maybe she forgot, but that was God’s actual plan…

The Bible describes Jesus as ordinary, plain and having nothing to attract us to Him…it says He was born to a young couple of humble means. It says he grew up just the same as those around Him, and later it says He didn’t have a place to even lay His head.

I think that most people know there is a God, but it’s His ways of doing things that are harder for people to grasp.

We have this idea that if God is God, then our connection with Him would be more automatic… that we would know without a doubt everything about Him upfront, that He would appear and quench any doubt of His existence.

But maybe…

His method is indicative of what He is after.

When a doctor, excavator, artist or any other skilled professional uses certain tools, it reveals their motive, their goal, their intention.

I’m convinced that God gave just enough observable evidence to make it impossible to refute His existence but hid so much intentionally, leaving the only way to find Him through seeking Him with your heart. He left a promise “You will find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” Jeremiah 29:13. The first commandment is “To love God with our heart, soul, body, strength and mind.” Luke 10:27.

We are three dimensional beings-body, soul and spirit, invited to experience the fullness of God’s own Trinity- Father, Son and Spirit living in us, being expressed around us. This makes the first commandment the most personal relationship to have. And it speaks to who God is-relational.

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of Heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…He Himself gives life and breath to everything…He is not far from each of us, and the time of ignorance is over, and he is calling us to repent.” Acts 17:24-29

Repentance is an opportunity to make a u turn when you realize you’re going the wrong direction on a one way street.

It’s not an opportunity for damnation, it’s grace to escape damnation.

Jesus came as a baby in human form, died as a man and rose again as Savior

and is coming back as King.

His agenda, His motivation and goal is laid bare. It’s that all would know Him, and become his sons and daughters. John 1:12. It’s not his will that anyone should perish. 2 Peter 3:9. A relationship with Him starts in your heart, believing in Him, then confessing with your mouth that He is Lord. Romans 10:9.

So before you give up on God because you don’t like His methods, consider His motive behind the method. If you wanted a relationship with someone, how would you pursue them?


Not everyone is going to like you…

You probably clicked on this blog for the same reason I wrote it- you feel unliked by a few people. Welcome to the club! It hurts depending on who they are and how well you know them or perhaps looked up to them. This short blog will hopefully encourage you on how to use it for good.


The beauty of getting older is using the experience of life to learn from. When I was younger if I knew someone didn’t like me it would crush me and I would dwell on how to change so I would be more likable. At times I’ve also turned to the other extreme and dug my heels into the ground thinking ‘Who cares, I am who I am and I’m not changing!’

Where I’m landing is somewhere thoughtfully in between. Criticism is like one of those potent ingredients like Cloves or salt which are often essential to a baking recipe. You don’t need very much, and just the right amount to brings out the flavoring of other ingredients and adds overall value to what you’re baking. I’m convinced that’s what ‘haters’ bring to the table. Sift through hurt and try to find value in the criticism. Your worth is not determinable by one person or even a few. If personal growth is important to you, then get used to processing feedback when you self reflect. Then move forward in confidence and don’t give any more room in your head for any negative emotions they (or you) may have attached to it. Don’t let someone’s salty attitude spoil you! Instead let it bring out humility, empathy and strength in you!

Ideally, feedback would be spoken in truth and love, but that’s not always the case. So learn what you can to improve your character, your skill or dream & move forward! Remember, you reap what you sow too, so play nice!

”Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

Eph 4:15



Cover Up

It’s human reaction to cover up when we have been exposed for doing something wrong. It’s not ironic that the reason Jesus died innocently on the cross was to cover our sin by being penalized for it. It was the ultimate ‘I covered for you’ scenario.

As I pursue God, and contemplate His work and will in my life, I am thankful for something the Gospel of Jesus contains, and that is conviction. That word might sound harsh but it’s actually merciful. Like that friend who will let you know if you have spinach in your teeth or the one who loves you too much to let you pass by without pointing out your undone zipper, the Gospel illuminates my need for forgiveness and wholeness.

“Wounds of a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Proverbs 27:6

God is for us, and He loves us too much to lie to us. The whole point of the Gospel is to communicate that God wants to be reconciled to us & He paid the ticket for that to happen. We choose whether or not to gain access and redemption to Him. Like a father whose child ran away, He reached out, bought a ticket and said ‘Come home, it’s on me. I miss you and want to see you again.’

The Bible says that believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of mankind, and confessing it, is the way to receive salvation (Romans 10:9). It has everything to do with your heart, no particular formula of words. If you’re reading this and want to accept His love, mercy forgiveness and redemption, just tell Him. Ask Him to show you what it means. I had that turning point when I was younger and I’ve been enjoying His presence in my life ever since. Struggles still come, pain still comes, but it’s a whole different situation when a personal God helps you and loves you through it all.

2021 Christmas

Over 2,000 years ago Christmas was born in the midst of murderous threats and tyrannical oppression. A soft new baby, a seed, who would one day defeat death by laying his life down, his pure blood buying underserved crowns. His humility among humanity shocked many who were looking for a puffed up king, making it hard to believe…why like this? A king speak to me? A cup of cold water, fishing trips, house visits and embracing the contagious…all unfit for royalty. Not afraid to flip tables of the greedy and expose their wicked hearts, he was truth and grace simultaneously, not apart. The Creator became the created to offer us an invitation Home, to renew our spirits and make us whole. He saw our brokenness and sin from Heaven, and yet still came, into suffering and among those hating his name. He will never relent his love for humanity, even now in this season of insanity. His offer still stands to all who would open the door and say yes to Christ this Christmas year.



The human heart is simple & mysterious…physically it pumps blood to our bodies & emotionally it also carries love, pain & a variety of strong emotions which guide most decisions in our life.

I’ve been meditating on the heart in terms of spirituality for over a year now and I am still fascinated with the role and importance it plays in our lives. I was curious to see how many times it was mentioned in the Bible. I was shocked to find that it was only outnumbered by the words ‘God’, ‘Father’ and ‘Lord’. The King James Version references it 830 times.

It’s even mentioned in the greatest commandment Matthew 22:36 ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

Proverbs 4:23 ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for it determines the course of your life.’

You know what makes me laugh (kind of)?

At an early age I knew God was stirring me to serve Him, but even into Bible School, I thought it was only a 1 dimensional thing. I thought, ‘I guess this means I’ll be a missionary or something helping impoverished children in another country’. While, I still agree that serving God is about giving to others,

I had no idea God intended to do a work in me. I didn’t know He wanted to fix the brokenness in my heart. 

I didn’t even know I needed it. But how can I expect to give to others what I don’t have myself? Our hearts are like diffusers, what’s inside is what we give off to others, whether aromatic and pleasant or foul and off putting.

So what am I supposed to do with this? What is my responsibility with what’s in my heart?

First of all, it’s bigger than a responsibility. It’s a privilege.

We are not robots. We are created with the ability to carry love, joy, pain, sorrow in our hearts.

I’m convinced that our hearts are the container that God’s being longs to inhabit. I believe our hearts are where the battle ground for our lives are at. What has your heart will have your life. I believe when we ask God to pour His love into our hearts (Romans 5:5) we receive it, and that is the pinnacle of the Christian faith, to be a vessel of God’s love. Sometimes that comes out as serving, sometimes that looks like choosing to forgive. Sometimes that’s being bold. Sometimes it’s humbling yourself. Sometimes it’s the warm feeling you get when you give.

Our responsibility is what we let stay and grow in our hearts. Resentment comes. Anger comes. But we have the power to choose on whether or not we keep it there. On the flip side, have you ever wondered what that empty feeling was sometimes? It’s something missing in your heart.

The good news, that’s where God comes in. Anytime, anywhere and can meet us in a moment. His job is to fill (Ephesians 1:23).

His job is to heal the brokenhearted (Isaiah 61:1).

A relationship with God is not based on works, religious effort or attending church. Those are a bi product of a relationship with Him. It’s about connecting with Him in your heart first. ‘Did our hearts not burn within us while he talked with us?’ (Luke 24:32)

The first step is willingness to know Him. The second is asking Him to show you. And the third step is looking for it and grabbing hold when you see it.

He is good! He is Love! He is the author of compassion & freedom!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


When it hurts like Hell

It’s been just over a month since my sister lost her twins, Leo and Amada (Spanish for loved). They were born early at 20 weeks. I was able to fly home the day she had them and I had the privilege of anointing them, praying over them and holding them.

As soon as I saw my sister all I wanted to do was hold her in my own arms and comfort her. I couldn’t help but rub her hair and weep. She has just been through hell and was still processing what happened. There’s very few ways to describe the atmosphere…but I think of the popular verse at funerals Psalm 23:4 ‘Even though I go through the valley of the shadow of death…’ and I realize the writer, King David’s wife lost a baby. I wonder if he wrote it with that in mind.

On my drive down to see her, I could only do 2 things-cry and sing. A popular song we had started singing at church was called Grace to Grace. That’s all that I was able to hear when I held the twins…it felt like the track was playing in my head….”when I see that cross I see Jesus, when I see that grave I see freedom, and from death to life I will sing your praise, in the wonder of your grace…”

I remember looking up at my dad while I was rocking them, and humming that song, weeping, but smiling and saying  “They’re not here, and they’re ok.”

It was in those moments of holding them, which was a depth of sorrow I’d never experienced, that I truly felt the presence and certainty of Heaven. I believe even more than I have believed before that loss like this is why Jesus came to make a way for us, to be reunited with our loved ones one day who trust in Him too.

Having peace knowing where their souls are, having joy knowing I’ll meet them in Heaven one day, is what it means to me to have victory over death. In this life, we have temporary pain and suffering, but that is working for us to produce a glory in the next life. We don’t grieve like those who have no hope (1Thess 4:13).

On earth we see things dimly, but one day we will see them clearly, until then we use faith. We take courage, because He’s in the waiting.

Activation Required: Why faith doesn’t work for some

I’m sure you’ve been given a plastic gift card with some monetary value attached to it on at least one occasion. I love getting gift cards! They’re awesome when you understand how to use the value attached to it.

Imagine this scenario. You’re in a coffee shop trying to act like you can’t hear what is going on around you (because we all do that). You can’t help but overhear some people next to you talking about what they got for Christmas. The first one lists… “Sweater, drone, car accessories”. The second one starts his list… “Tools, socks, … and a small piece of plastic that’s supposed to be worth $500.” Upon hearing this you probably would’ve  found a casual way to look directly at this person to see if they are being serious. Have they never received a gift card? Where is it to? Do you want to give it away? 

The other friend jokes, “Was it your grandma? She’s really losing it, huh?” They both get up to leave the coffee shop and if you were less of a person you would follow them and ask for it.

The whole scenario leaves you bewildered and blown away that someone would not recognize and use the money they were given. You’ve already spent the $500 and then some in your mind.

But this is how faith works…. some people give up on faith and others live by it, why? I believe it’s because some people have learned the secret of how it works, it must be valued and activated. Of course a small piece of 2″ x 3″ plastic is worthless on it’s own. But once it’s paid for and activated, it works just like money to get what you need or want. I think this is how God wants us to use our faith. I’ve heard it said this way ‘Money is the currency of earth but faith is the currency of Heaven.’

We want a ‘magic’ button in life sometimes to change our circumstances or we don’t understand why God doesn’t just ‘fix it’, but He gave us the capacity to operate in faith so that we could partner with Him in accomplishing what we need to, overcoming what we need to, and living the full life that He paid to give us.

I think most people, Christians anyway, treat their faith like a decoration in their house instead of a gift card with value. They might have the word ‘Faith’  written in delicate letters on a pillow or in a wall frame, but it’s practically useless. Can you imagine going to someone’s house and seeing the gift card you gave them in a nice frame on the wall? How frustrating and disheartening! But this is how we treat our faith and sometimes our walk with God….we want it to look nice, but we don’t walk in it’s purpose or power.

I want to encourage you today, that there is no doubt at least one area of your life that you can think of where you would say, I could use help here. Whether it’s relational or practical, God knows how to get you what you need, you just have to start using your faith.

Ok, but where does it start? It starts with believing that God is good on His word, just like credit on a gift card. It starts with realizing you’ve been given what you need to succeed and the challenges and obstacles are not the problem, lack of encouragement or tenacity or boldness is. So ask God for what you’re lacking. He’s not cheap. He’s abundantly rich in every way and to pair with that, He’s good. Instead of praying to win the lottery, pray that God gives you wisdom to prosper. Instead of praying for your problems to go away, pray that God helps you see them the way He does and for the empowerment to overcome them. Pray for everything. Why not? There’s no story in the Bible that says they asked for too much. Actually, God rebukes David in 2 Sam 12:8 for not asking Him for more and going about things his own way. “…And if that had been too little, I would have given you much more!”

Apply yourself to activating your faith, and you’ll begin to discover all that God has in store for you!




You are just like your Father!

I heard that or ‘You look just like your dad’ growing up. As I’ve gotten older, I embrace it and treasure it more and more, but it’s true, I’m a lot like my dad. I didn’t have to try, I just am made that way. I can relate to him on a few levels because of this.

I used to have a passion for Christian apologetics and follow the archeological findings that supported biblical stories. I thought that if my atheist and agnostic friends saw enough proof, they would eventually believe in God. This approach didn’t have the results I wanted and it felt more like a tug of war with me in the middle trying to force them to shake hands. I got frustrated and basically said to God ‘Don’t you care that they find you? Why are you being so elusive? Are you stubborn?’

The answer that I felt came to me, was something like ‘What do you want for them?’ My answer was (and still is), ‘To know you, and to know you are good’. I felt like that was a shifting point for my faith because I realized God doesn’t want to be found by way of physical proof (not that some doesn’t exist, but you get my point). He is much more personal, and that’s how He is found. ‘You will find me when you seek me with your whole heart.’ (Jeremiah 29:13) Since we are made in His image and likeness, it became clearer to me that the most tangible proof of the biblical God is within us humans.

When someone selflessly and sacrificially loves someone else, that is what the Greek call Agape love. It is the highest form of love there is. Have you seen someone display that kind of love? I am fortunate enough to say I have. It kind of leaves you speechless and it almost seems like you’re witnessing something miraculous. That’s a reflection of God and how He loves. Do the words ‘For God so loved that He gave’ (John 3:16) sound familiar? It’s probably the most popular scripture because it sums up the gospel. Of course, there is another conflicting nature within us humans, but that’s another blog.

Another trait I see as proof of God in people is the ability to create. It’s one of my favorite things to see how my artistic friends can create, paint, sculpt, & design something so amazing and bring it to life. I don’t know one of them who isn’t passionate about it either!

I also think of the things that hurt us the most and what we desire the most-relationships. When someone doesn’t believe you or trust you when you’re trying to help them, that feeling of rejection, frustration and pain is real and He’s familiar with those emotions too. On the other hand, the majority of humans I know desire real, genuine relationships. That desire to know someone, whether it’s friendship, romance or spending time with your child, that’s what’s at the core of God’s heart too.

I’m realizing over and over again, that God is not religious! He is all about the heart. Our free will is a gift and we aren’t robots!  So the next time you seek proof, don’t think about the Ark of Noah being discovered, think about how your heart and mind function, realize you are made in the image of a good God and consider seeking Him with your heart instead.