This summer has been warm, beautiful, and filled with fun. It’s also reminded me over and over of the value of appreciating what I’ve got. After several physical annoyances, I sit here, grateful again for the reminder not to take seemingly minor things for granted. Without these small gifts, our life can be so much different.
Let’s be honest. Many people go to church to avoid hell. They’ve been told they must do certain things to avoid spending eternity in a lake of fire. The fear is enough to get them out of bed and into the pews.
I laid in bed wide awake. After a full day of activity, sleep wouldn’t come. The insomnia played behind the curtain of my conscious mind and refused to reveal her identity. Her irritating presence was enough to keep me awake, but her mysterious nature left me confused.
I drive a 2010 blue Nissan Altima. It’s not fancy, fits my personality, and gets me from here to there.
I don’t drive a Ferrari. They are sleek, sexy, drive incredibly fast, and will make heads turn.
What would it be like to have everything perfect in your life? Where would you live? How much money would you have? What car would you drive? Would you work? How would you spend your days?
If the Spirit of God is in us, what will that mean to our life? What strength or power will it bring? How will we access it?
Sometimes our prayers go unanswered. Why is that? I’ve prayed for answers for days, weeks, months and even years. Some things I've given up praying for and other things are continually on my heart. There are many reasons our prayers don’t get answered immediately.
It started with a question. Why was fear invading my thoughts because of my suggestion for a couple of friends to connect? Such a simple scenario yet a profoundly deep question.
It had to do with control. And trust. And fear.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Cor 13:11
Have you ever said, ‘give me patience, Lord, and give it to me now!’ We can see patience as something we don’t have enough of, something we struggle with or something we want more of. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we had more patience?
There are four voices in my head; body, mind, heart, and spirit. Just like the movie Inside Out, they sometimes talk all at once and it can be difficult to figure out which one to listen to.
I was thinking about praying for our children . . .
Our beliefs allow the exact same set of circumstances to lead one person to never think about the event again and another to have their life changed forever. What are your beliefs?
The Spirit of God speaks to us and the Spirit of evil speaks to us too. How will we know which is which? Then, what do we do with those thoughts? Here’s a 3 step process to listen to the Spirit of God and ignore the voice of destruction.
The words we speak reveal our hearts. When we are with others, we need to listen carefully to what they are saying. It helps to ask for direction from God in our assessments of them. Pray that His truth will be made known. That is how we love.
You are a person with God-given gifts that are to be shared with the world. Do you hide them in a box out of fear that others may not appreciate what you have to offer? To share your gifts, you need to ‘get out of the box’ and have your gifts be seen and experienced by others.
During this holiday season, we share laughter, recipes, gift ideas, and sorrow. Sharing is free and it can change someone’s life. The more we share, the more we offer to others. Let’s make sharing a habit.
Sometimes the opinions and actions of others make me irritated and unable to love. Love is, however, not about me and my feelings, but it is about them and their feelings. Love is a verb. It is an action. It is something done on purpose towards someone else.
We all need peace. In our fast paced ‘busy’ culture, it is elusive. I stumbled into it a few weeks ago and the beauty and feeling that came over me was palatable. I believe that God is always there and will provide peace if we will just enter in.
Depression is a nasty disease that affects the body, mind, and soul. It can be difficult to fight because it has so many ugly heads. This blog focuses on the positive impact that my faith had on my battle with depression.