In Luke 10:17-20, Jesus cautions his disciples not to get caught up in what great service they have done, “The seventy-two returned with joy,” Jesus knew how easy it is for us to get caught up in what we accomplish and for our personal accomplishments to sway our feelings of “joy.” Jesus received what they … More Living with Real Joy
Last Sunday I sat on the deck early for prayer and coffee. I began to read over one of the passages I was going to use in the message I was speaking at church. As I read, Matthew 6:25-34, I could hear all of the birds in the trees throughout my backyard. The incredible sound began to … More His blessings are beautiful…
I often wonder why I find myself where I am in life. Did I arrive on purpose or by accident? Or was it a series of good or bad mistakes? There’s not much around me that resembles the dream I once had. Maybe the dream was just a personal fantasy not born of God. Maybe … More Growing Spiritually?
I’m reading, “Living a Divinely Inspired Life,” on YouVersion as a devotional these days. Today’s devotion is entitled, Discover your Spiritual Gifts. I grew up in a church tradition that focused a lot on Spiritual Gifts. It seems to me there is less of a focus on this in the churches I have been a … More Living life fully devoted to Christ
…but don’t be surprised if where you are planted is in a nursery. I used to lead a landscaping company when I lived in Albuquerque. It was a great experience and it was an awesome opportunity to work for my friend there. I learned a lot during that time of my life. While working there I would … More Bloom where you are planted…
…and beyond! JESUS CHRIST The day you heard the Gospel and responded by following Jesus – you didn’t respond to a moment in time or to a person presenting the message. But rather the power of the Holy Spirit working through the surrendered life of another person. Paul states, I was unsure of how to go about this, … More The greatest hope on earth…
I don’t have the opportunity to see either of my parents very much. In fact almost never. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen either of my parents. I was hoping to make the rounds this Thanksgiving and Christmas season to see them both. My Dad is in South Georgia and my Mom is … More Are you being changed?
So. You think you have got it all together. But there’s this thing that keeps you from moving forward. It’s like you are tripping over the same old rock. You know it’s there. You’ve walked the path so many times before but you still keep tripping over the same rock. What are you going to … More Tripping over the same rock
Today is one of those sleepy-lazy days… I don’t feel like doing anything. Gas prices are keeping me at home. I left my Jeep at work yesterday because it was out of gas. Gas stations were marking off pumps (saying they were out of gas… I kind of doubt it… I expect those to reopen … More Sleepy Saturday, Gas Prices, and Thoughts on Personal Growth
On Friday of last week, Tonya picked up Walker from school for us. She sent a txt message to let me know that over the afternoon snack they were talking about habits. Walker stated, Well, this applesauce has a habit of being tasty! Their conversation has had me thinking about habits. Walker is right (if … More Do you have a habit of being tasty?