Christmas Day is quickly coming! We’ve spent the last two weeks focusing our thoughts on welcoming the events and people in our lives as direct gifts from God–for that is what they are. This week, let’s concentrate on choosing only silence or song as the sound of our days. Instead of chatter, meaningless words or … More Silence & Song (Advent Week 3)
The days before Christmas speed by as we add into our busy days the bountiful extras of the holiday season. Last week, to start our Advent awareness, we set our hearts and minds on receiving the interruptions of God. Trusting that the Sovereign God is involved in our days is a habitual thought we must … More He’s Still Coming! (Advent Week Two)
Have you been entrusted with a ‘large love’ in your life? A love that is equal parts gift, privilege, responsibility and vulnerability? I believe those loves are to give us a glimpse of the love God has for each and every person. Learning to steward such a love takes a lifetime! It requires embracing the … More Lessons From A Large Love
When we live with our eyes on Jesus, the Word, others see Him in us! … More He’s Coming!
We’ve just enjoyed our Thanksgiving holiday…the annual American nod to thankfulness that launches ‘Christmas’ consumerism into overdrive. Thanks-living is a heart attitude we need to give much more time to! In fact, it ought to be the perpetual norm for we who claim the name of Christ. It is the very character of our Savior, … More Thankful Unselfishness
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!