June 28, 2019
What do you think about ______? This question is usually asked when someone wants your opinion on something. You can fill in the blank with whatever the topic of discussion is at the time. But there is another way to look at the question, and that is simply, “What do you think about?”
June 15, 2019
If you look throughout the Bible, God was always calling people to something or someplace new. He called Abraham to leave his home and go to a new place so that he could make him the father of many nations.
May 04, 2019
When is the last time you had a check-up? We all know how important physical check-ups are to maintain our health and stay on top of any issues that might arise. Never the less we don't like to be poked and prodded by doctors. However, most of us do it because we know that the results could be disastrous if we don't and a health issue could sneak up on us. Do we give the same consideration to our spiritual health?
April 20, 2019
One of the first Bible verses that many of us learned as a child was John 3:16. The verse says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
April 11, 2019
Recently in the news, a Christian celebrity has been raked over the coals for standing by and supporting a longtime co-star after that celebrity allegedly committed a serious crime. This actress that has openly declared her faith has been scolded, called names, and had fans tell her that they will no longer watch her movies and TV shows. Some have even called her unchristian.
March 12, 2019
Do you remember the hymn, “The Immutable Basis of a Sinner’s Hope?” No? Me either. But I do remember it as it was later retitled, “The Solid Rock.” The lyrics were written in 1834 by Edward Mote. The tune and name change came almost 30 years later, written by William Bradbury.
March 01, 2019
It seems that there have been a lot of gloomy days lately. Much of it is due to clouds and rain that has come and stayed in different areas of our country. I know this blog also reaches some of my friends who have snow and ice right now that can also lead to a feeling of dreariness. Sometimes, even if the sun is shining, we are dealing with our own gloom and the days remain dark for us.
February 14, 2019
Almost everybody loves a good love song. We often hear the message of a song more than we do that of the spoken word. On this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to remember the first love song that many of us ever learned. It was written in 1860 but has stood the test of time because its message is eternal, and it has been touching hearts through the ages.
February 06, 2019
I just watched Henry Winkler who played Fonzie in the TV show Happy Days on a morning talk show recount how he felt like a failure as a child because he had dyslexia. He said his parents, even though they wanted him to succeed called him dumb. Mr. Winkler said that he held no grudges against his parents because all that he went through brought him to where he is today. He has even written a book series Hank Zipzer Collection to encourage children who also feel like a failure. There are many reasons other than dyslexia that we and those around us feel like failures, whether it be something out of our control or a mess of our own making.
January 31, 2019
Have you ever heard the old saying, “True character comes out when you are squeezed?” We are going to be under pressure a lot. That’s just the way life works. That’s why our true character matters so much. We think we know how we would react in a situation, but many times, we react differently when we are stressed or put in a tight spot, and I think I figured out why.
January 23, 2019
This week I want to introduce you to my friend, Sheila McFadden. I have known Sheila for several years now through women's mission and church events and have followed her amazing journey of adoption. She is one of the co-authors of Grace for the Journey: A One-Year Devotional for Adoptive Moms. Even though the title says "moms" this book would be great for anyone who has a heart for adoption. I know you will want to get this book for yourself or someone you love after you meet Sheila and hear just a little of her story.
January 01, 2019
As the New Year begins, I have been pondering why we love it so much. There are thousands of quotes that encourage us to start anew, to turn the blank page and start writing a new story. We set goals and resolutions to do better and be better, but there is nothing magical about the first day of the year unless we make it so.
December 21, 2018
I have noticed as I have been out and about the last couple of weeks that there doesn’t seem to be much Christmas joy. People shopping look tired and drained of expression. I have seen very few smiles or expressions of joy the past few days. This makes me wonder if I have been giving any smiles to those that I pass.
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