I wonder how farmers feel when they first plant seeds and then wait for the results? A harvest takes an entire season of plowing, planting, watering, cultivating, weeding, tending and, well…waiting. An entire season. Not a few days or weeks. Even though some plants sprout quickly, (thank you beans in kindergarten classrooms!), they still require … More Keep Stepping
“If you change your thoughts, you will change your existence.” I’m not sure who said this, but I saw this quote recently and it made me think. The Bible says that “as a man thinketh, so is he.” I’ve never fully embraced that idea. I guess I didn’t really understand the meaning behind it. Or … More Where Is Your Thinking Taking You?
“Accepting we are accepted for no other reason than that the God of the universe loves us is the hardest thing you and I will ever do.” Stephan Bauman from his book Break Open the Sky The God of the universe loves you. Can you wrap your mind around that? Until we do, we … More Loved and Accepted
“God does not want to punish us for clinging to our past—He wants to love us into our future.” Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Sometimes we hold onto our past as if by letting it go we will lose something, when in fact, we lose more by clinging with a tight fist. Moving forward means we have … More Letting Go
“Perfect love casts out all fear.” I know the Bible tells me this, but there are times when I’m still afraid. Maybe fear comes from a job loss, a diagnosis of illness or an approaching storm. We can feel afraid when the power goes out, a car swerves into our lane or our child isn’t … More Love Dispels Fear
Every day we are faced with situations that seem impossible. Whether it is an illness, the ruin of a relationship, a sudden traumatic event or even goals and dreams that seem out of our reach, impossibilities surround us. But God says that nothing is impossible with him. I’ve had a number of impossibilities in my … More Impossible?
‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse He’s eating some crumbs from the day’s Christmas feast There are cookies and biscuits, cheese crackers at least The stockings are empty, the toys are in play The parents exhausted and sleeping all day Carols … More Farewell 2018 – Welcome New Life
Hundreds of posts this week have regaled thanksgiving blessings mixed with multiple cyber sales, and many venture solidly into a coming Christmas season. It’s enough to make my overloaded inbox cry. I don’t want to be that article. Don’t get me wrong. I’m beyond grateful for God’s amazing blessings. As a matter of fact, I … More The Uncertainty of Life
I don’t believe in formulaic approaches to a life with God. God’s too vast and creative to limit him to five easy steps. But he’s also pretty obvious about simple actions that set us up for success in life. Sometimes in my Bible reading, I discover he’s given us some clear-cut ideas that will bring … More 5 “Steps” to Peace
Sometimes in order to find light, we must journey into darkness. I stumbled upon this great video of Kristene DiMarco, worship leader at Bethel Church in Redding, California, who tells the story of her time spent in San Francisco when she found herself in the middle of an overwhelming, dark place. God used that season … More Journey Into Darkness