It’s my annual battle with the weeds of South Carolina that live on a precious old fence in our yard. Weeds is a misnomer. They are invasive aggressors that strangle, kill and destroy. Every spring I tackle the vines and try new approaches. Each year I’ve cut the fence a bit freer; I’ve used weed … More Let the Weeds Teach You
For many, it is the most ‘sentimental’ day of the year. It can be a day of joy or a day of despair or even resentment. Not all feel blessed by their birth families—not all are blessed. Many have lost their parents and grieve what was and what might have been. We live in a … More When Honoring is Hard
When God delivered His kids from captivity, He said residency in the Promised Land was conditional. That’s a timeless truth. The promised land is nothing like the world, and dwelling in it requires a total change. In the Promised Land, God is the caretaker and our trust must be totally in Him. Look at how … More Does the Promised Land have droughts?
God as our Father, Creator–Potter! But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8) Watching a potter work clay on a wheel is an amazing sight. A formless lump of clay is transformed into a vessel with … More Trust the Potter
More than half of Americans (60%) refuse to make New Year’s resolutions…which isn’t a bad thing since 80% of those who do make resolutions won’t keep them. In fact, Jesus said, ‘simply let yes be yes and no be no.’ On the other hand, setting a goal is a slightly different venture. Life is the … More Skip the Resolutions & Set Some Goals
My animals often reveal things in my heart that I can easily manage or bury in day-to-day living. Yesterday was Gretchen’s turn to clean out my heart. It was hot and the week had been long and busy. I planned to stop by for a quick pat on the nose and a weight measurement … More Cleaning out the heart
“This place is a wasteland. Send them on, Jesus. There’s not enough here to meet our needs…let alone their needs.” Do you ever look around your world and feel like that? The problems and the heartaches seem too big. The resources too meager. You’ve seen miracles…seen Jesus work but now you are tired. That’s … More It’s too much. We can’t do it.
Love is not in very good shape in our world, is it? Hateful, despicable words are common. This world has a filter of self-indulgence, self-defense and self-promotion. Sadly, it is a filter used by religious folks as much as political leaders. In contrast, the filter of love is the character of God. The silver lining … More Condition of Love
“There is no beauty in domination. Control is a cheap substitute for partnership.” Anna Blake Relationships matter! We have shared before some principles taught in an equine coaching program that offer solid wisdom for our human connections. In a relationship: If it’s not good for both, it’s not good for either. A healthy relationship … More Building Relationships
Confusion is a tool of the enemy. God is a God of order and peace. He says what He means, He means what He says…and He offers us a choice to believe it or not. Our choices have consequences. We live in a confused and chaotic world because so many choose not to believe what … More Do you live a divided life?