My family and I have been away on vacation this week. Our favorite place to go gives us ample opportunity to hike and enjoy the serenity of nature. And, thankfully, we have been able to enjoy multiple hikes. Being outdoors, in the peace and quiet of nature, with only the sound of waterfalls, birds, and [...]
Clarity. It is the one thing most often missing in communication. We believe we have effectively communicated only to find out later, we were misunderstood. Our hurt was mistaken for anger. Our concern was mistaken for judgment. Our passion was mistaken for reckless pursuit. And, in return, we misunderstand the communication that is given back [...]
The truth is, it's never been about me...or you. We sort of live like it is though. We put everything through the lens of "us." We choose our church based on how we feel: Did we like it? Did the music minister to us? Did the preacher preach like we like? We’re we greeting and [...]
Forty words are all I have to share my greatest joy. Christ came, lived, died, offering freedom to you and me. The gift of abundant life. Forgiven. Guilt-free. A treasure worth all I have, not meant for only me.
When others would rather walk around than interact, Jesus meets you where you are.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourself. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully [...]
It’s okay to be you! God loves you as you are, even when it seems like others reject you.
My last post focused on the fact that Nehemiah refused to be distracted by the enemy. He kept working towards what he had been called to do. But there is another important aspect to the story of Nehemiah that should be looked at. Though he met the enemy at multiple turns, he faced the enemy [...]
Distractions. They seem harmless, but often can interrupt in a way that causes our spiritual momentum or progress to halt. It’s true that not all distractions are bad. It’s good to take the time to evaluate each one and be sure where the distraction is coming from. BUT often, especially if we are doing a [...]
I have found that speaking words of blessing and prosperity seem to be what people want to hear. And, of course! Who wouldn’t want that? Yet for all the positive talk and affirming words, are there heart changes taking place? I think we have become accustomed to getting our ears tickled with pleasant words and [...]