This is John, the resident guard mule at the farm where we board our horses, Gretchen & Scooby. Isn’t he gorgeous? His coat glistens; he lives at rapt attention; and he owns the space he occupies. He also detests being handled. John came to the farm that way. The owner tried simply sitting in the … More Chasing Off Demon John
Character. It is a critical aspect of each individual. Character is the substance of an individual. We live in a world which encourages us to indulge ourselves and never give a thought to our inner character. It is a tempting encouragement. Pleasing ‘self’ seems like a good idea. Unfortunately, though, character is never grown in … More It’s Always Too Soon to Quit!
Whether we are riding a horse, driving a car or trying to get through the school year, the same truth applies: where your eyes are sets the course of your path. If we spend a lot of time looking at what we ‘can’t do’ or the things that we would rather do or all the … More Focused on Purpose
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.” Proverbs 4:25 Do you ever struggle to ‘stay the course’ when you have begun a project? I do! Our bulldog, Barnabas fulfilled his role as “Encourager” this week as he set his mind to a task. After receiving a new ‘toy’ – … More Determined!
Ever fight a war with an enemy caused by an enemy you cannot see? We all have—and do. My current battle is a minor but aggravating one: chigger bites. Creatures so tiny, the head of a pin can hold two or three but their poison so vile it literally dissolves skin tissue. At first, they … More Winning in Life!
I stumbled across a phrase in a book I am reading that set my mind and heart on fire, and I want to share it with you. “Crafted prayers.” Does that stir your heart like it does mine? The moment I read it, I recognized a concept that I wanted to invest in more deeply. … More Crafting Prayers
Bullying is an increasing problem, but it isn’t a new problem nor is it confined to schools. Social-media bullying is rampant; actually every area of life is vulnerable to the phenomenon of bullying. Businesses bully, politicians bully, police bully, minorities bully, families bully–and sadly, even Christians bully. Bullying isn’t always violent, but it is always … More NO MORE BULLIES!
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
Life is hard. Suicide is NOT the answer. There are no easy answers and no short cuts to the clichéd idea of ‘a life worth living.’ The spate of suicides we’ve seen among the rich & famous scream out the emptiness of fame and fortune. The devastating statistics on addiction declare a dead-end for escaping … More Courage for Life!
When we accept the completed work of Christ for salvation, we actually enter into eternal life as we walk our earthly path. So, why doesn’t this life feel like heaven on earth? Why are believers as apt to have divorces, addictions and chaos as non-believers? It ought not be! It need not be so…the choice … More Living in the Presence of God