Changes

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Life isn’t always a bouquet of roses or a barrel of laughs.  Life can get HARD and we go through some tough trials along our journey. Circumstances change.  Maybe you have been skipping along in life, going about your merry way, when BOOM…there it is!!!  An obstacle is in your path that really messes with that planned and predictable life you had set up.  What do you do in your uncertainty?  Well, if you are wise, you go to the word of God for direction. There are sure to be golden nuggets of … [Read more...]

Start Seeing Hurting People

I am guessing you too have noticed the bumper sticker reading, “Start Seeing Motorcycles.” Well, that is working. I am really noticing them more, I can’t help seeing one and thinking of that bumper sticker. So it caused me to think maybe I should commission a company to make a bumper sticker with the phrase, “Start Seeing Hurting People.”Maybe it would raise our awareness of the pain of suffering that is all around in our town, in our neighborhoods and even in our pews. With that awareness in … [Read more...]

“Life’s a Beach,” says this empty nest mother.

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Sun, sand, ocean. The perfect emotional cocktail for stressed out moms. Whether on the rocks, straight up, neat or dirty, any busy, exhausted, mentally drained mom would love to consume this healing toddy in a glass. Like for real. God bottling up His sand, surf, and rays creation would revolutionize the Zen market and be ama-za-zing. Let’s face it, as moms we rarely experience the actual beach. We typically have to settle for daydreaming about a day spent basking in golden sunshine with our … [Read more...]

Remain Open In The Midst Of Your Activity

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Today as you are active in the events before you understand in all these things I am also working on your heart and mind. Yes, I am working in, and through, circumstances to accomplish my will, my purposes, and my plans, but I am also working on you as an individual too. I am working to shape you, mold you, and perfect you. So understand, some of the things you are involved with are for the work that will be accomplished, and other things you are involved with are working on you. There are … [Read more...]

Who Moved the Fence?

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Michael Yaconelli articulates this powerful story in his book, Messy Spirituality—God’s Annoying Love for Imperfect People. Chronicled during World War II, he recounts the actions of a group of soldiers and one old priest in the rural countryside of France: “During an intense battle, one of the American soldiers was killed. His comrades did not want to leave his body on the battlefield and decided to give him a Christian burial. They remembered a church a few miles behind the front lines … [Read more...]

Life in the Wilderness

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“If you’ve not been there yet, you will be”, “Everyone has a wilderness”, “It’s part of growing in God” These are just a few descriptions from others about living through a “wilderness” in their relationship with God, or even in everyday life. Yes, I have journeyed through times that I would consider a wilderness. Some of these such times were traveled with grace and it was a time of learning and growth. While in other times my human nature took control with impatience and wanting to know the … [Read more...]

Making The World A Better Place OLD POST

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“And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”  Luke 2:35 For Lent each year, my three kids make their own crown of thorns out of Play-doh and toothpicks. Then, over the course of the next 40 days, they focus on trying to do kind things for others. Each time they do, they take a thorn out of their crowns. The idea is: if they are helping someone else, they are helping Jesus. Their kind actions remove the thorns that caused Him so much pain. The other day Zack came home from school and asked … [Read more...]

The Piano

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I sat in the living room last night as Reece, our daughter, practiced piano in the next room. She often plays where we can hear. And we enjoy listening. Sometimes, however, she will put the headphones on while she plays. Last night she was wearing the headphones. I went about checking my email and catching up on some work. Then the sound of her pressing the piano keys made it's way to the forefront of my awareness. I observed her as she glanced at the keys briefly and ever so slightly … [Read more...]

The Word Breaks Through

Demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah. (GWN) In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus heads to Capernaum after being rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. As he heads to Capernaum he encounters a very open minded group seeking and eager to discover more about the Rabbi. Three key observations about this section of the Gospel of Luke. The Word Condemns the Comfortable. 28 Everyone in the synagogue … [Read more...]

Planting the Seeds of Growth

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I was watching a cooking YouTube channel earlier. A man enthusiastically talked about the vegetables he raises in his own garden – all types of greens and herbs – to add to healthy organic smoothies. I don’t know much about gardening, but after watching this gentleman, I’m ready to plant some tomatoes! There are a lot of different guides for planting and harvesting. What you plant depends on the soil and weather conditions in your area. You want to plant and harvest at the right times. Any … [Read more...]