. . . and then some more . . . More life. More Jesus.

Four Ways To Help Find The More That Jesus Promised

Every day last year was a first. An exclusive. The sole September 6th I would spend living in the Land of the Deutsch. The only December 1st, April 13th, May 20th, I would spend in residence in the foreign land called Bayreuth, Germany.

Every day was an adventure.


And it was easy to  recognize. Because, well, I was living in Europe. An American mom finding my way through a foreign culture filled with tiny refrigerators, screen-less windows and cashiers who cared nothing for the speed at which I could bag my own groceries, as long as I got them out of her way.

But last year is over, and we are now back home. Back to life inside the comfortable.

Where I know how to do groceries and banks and post offices. I have no problem answering  simple questions from strangers on any given topic. (Where is Chipotle? or Do you know what time it is?)

And it’s easy to forget my life is still an adventure. Because it feels a little less than when I wake up to boxes that (still!) await my motivation to unpack them. Every day seems a bit too normal to feel like adventure.

As I wrote through the journey of our year in Germany, I often wondered what might happen when it led us back to Ohio. Would I still have stuff to write? Would you still want to read it? Would it still feel fresh and interesting and new every time you visited this cyber land place that bears my name?

Deep down, I knew the answer. Because I started this blog long before we ventured into the land of unknown on the other side of the world. I wrote here for years before the everyday held something so new it had the potential of breaking me into pieces.

It’s all a journey, isn’t it? Every. day.

and. then. some. more.

But sometimes the living feels less than more. (Man, I hope that makes sense.)

The truth is sometimes the wake-up in the morning is all it takes to feel alive and find the more that Jesus promised when He said He came so I could really live.

So I could have more and better life than I could ever dream up.

Then other days, it just feels like survival. Many days, in fact, the living and the more He promised looks like a bit of a farce. And it’s tempting to watch other people who seem to have grasped the adventure He promised and settle on living vicariously through them.


That’s why I prayed for you every morning when I walked that Richard-Wagner Strasse after dropping off my kids at that Germany Montessori Schule. I prayed that as you read about my crazy mishaps and hilarious mis-speaks you wouldn’t settle for the idea that I’m the lucky one who gets to actually live.

I asked God to show you the more even as you drove your kids to school each morning. As you dodged cars in the Walmart parking lot while pushing your 300-pound shopping cart with the wobbly wheels that face four different directions.

And I asked Him to show me how to find the more even after I got home to Ohio.

So here I am, exactly three months after landing on this side of the Atlantic, looking for adventure of a different sort. And asking you to join in.

It’s taken on a different flavor than the one that smelled like bratwurst and beer and apple strudel. And lots of bike rides and walking and German-speaking bus-drivers.

But it’s still the flavor of living more. Still the finding and the wanting to know Jesus so well that we can’t help but chase Him hard into whatever He leads us into.

Finding the more. In Jesus.

And here’s how you can join in…

Join in the discussion right here or on the facebook page. Let’s help each other find the more and better life Jesus promised by talking about it when we catch glimpses.

What’s the more Jesus showed you today?

What adventure has He led you into? What’s He showing you about Himself that has you floored? Confused? Amazed? Enamored?

Maybe it’s in the form of  holding a barf-bowl for your 9-year-old. Or remembering the way your dad always pointed you to Jesus.

Maybe it looks like quiet morning coffee alone on the back porch. Or a 15-hour drive to a friend’s lake house in Montana.

Maybe it’s in tears shared with a friend whose husband just left her with three kids and a hamster.

I do not know what it looks like for you. But I do know this:

Jesus promised more and better life when we follow Him. And I believe Him.

So I’m gonna’ search until I find that more and better. And I could really use some company. Because sometimes the search gets hard and dark. And I’m going to need reminding sometimes about the promise and the chasing and the finding.

How about it? Will you join me? Here are 5 quick ways you can help find the more Jesus promised…

1. Ask God to show it to you. Then commit to looking.

2. Join the discussion here by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

3. Come over to my facebook community page and talk about it over there.

4. Tweet it or Instagram it and us the hashtag #moreinJesus.

Let’s search for more in Jesus. Together. I know we will find it. He promised.

9 Thoughts on “Four Ways To Help Find The More That Jesus Promised

  1. I feel this way very often. Like the more-than is less-than. And yet, I know His promises to be true.

    • I keep banking on this, Chris. Sometimes I see the more He promised and I get it and it makes sense. But when it’s dark and heavy and sucky, it feels hard to get my heart to remember what I know to be God truth. So thankful to have you here to help me remember.

  2. Amie Yoder on September 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm said:

    So as I stand in line to get an overpriced drink at Cedar Point the girls and I discuss what one flavor of pop we will get to share as I wasn’t planning on buying 3 $4 drinks. Anna wanted Lemonade and Emma wanted Cherry Coke. We settled on orange. I ordered 1 $4 Fanta orange when it was our turn. We waited and the girl serves us something that looked an awful lot like lemonade. I say “Is that orange?” She says “oh no, I made a mistake. You can just have that” I looked at Anna and said “See, God’s favor” and she smiled and the girl behind the counter just lit up and said “That’s good. God’s favor”. She proceeded to get us the orange drink we had ordered still smiling and taking in God’s favor in our lives. Still makes me smile to know that in the moment I could point my child and a stranger to the One that takes mistakes and turns it into something more

    • Amie, this makes me smile too. I love this, “to know that in the moment I could point my child and a stranger to the One that takes mistakes and turns it into something more.” And to be able to see God’s favor in a cup of orange Fanta — pure grace. 🙂

  3. This week seeing dear friends loose a job they loved and yet saying “God is good and He knows best”. Knowing this is true, that God already knows what lies ahead for them so that he will be glorified and they will see the more in Him. For me, confusing,saying “what are you doing Lord? Yet seeing that he does work all things to the good, even when I don’t know what that is or when we will actually see it!!

    Different subject, seeing how so many are seeking more in their marriages, to grow closer to each other and learn how to become one….there is a hunger in so many and Jesus is the only one to look to, to seek and to follow. Exciting stuff to see couples, young and old, yearning to grow their marriages when this union seems to be crumbling in our world. Exciting stuff!!!!

    • Wow! I’m sad for your friends. And amazed at their trust for Jesus’ more. You are so right, Mom, I think maybe God is using that fresh hunger in marriages to point even more people to Jesus. Super exciting stuff! Thanks. 🙂

  4. Oh, sweet sister! You made me cry this morning when I clicked on the link that lead me to my own post. I know I say this all the time, but I love walking this journey with you. Thank you for this new challenge and I am thrilled to be a part of the conversation. What a blessing to grow more in love with Jesus and to be able to share it with fellow growers! 🙂
    I am reading through Acts right now and the thing that has been striking me are the number of times that Paul doesn’t go somewhere because the Holy Spirit kept him from going. I have been so challenged lately to pray “not my will, but yours be done”. I can’t help thinking that THIS is embracing adventure. Sometimes I think we crave exciting, but forget that when we lay our lives in Jesus’ hands, he promises the full and abundant- not just the fleeting “highs”.
    Okay, you got me started! 🙂 Love you, love you, love you!!!

  5. Count me in Brianna. This road is not an easy one to walk and we need each other.

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