Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Be joyful always. Maybe your heart is saying, “Really? Joyful? My parents fight; someone is always mad at me. My dad never acts like I matter. I can’t … More Be JOYFUL Always!
Have you ever been disappointed? You expected to do something or get something that you never got? You gave your best but things didn’t turn out as you hoped? Of course, you have. Everyone knows the dismay of disappointment. That’s why this Christian Character Trait matters so much. It is a trait we need to … More Strong & Flexible
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2. Determination and endurance are ingredients of any significant accomplishment. Every worthwhile endeavor will include … More Determination & Endurance
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!