Have you ever met someone who claimed to be a Christian, but you found it very hard to believe that because of the way they spoke or behaved? Or maybe someone has thought that about you? I’m sure it’s happened to all of us at one time or another. There have been several times where … Continue reading Extreme Makeover: Spiritual Edition
How many of us long for a perfect life - one with no problems or issues, with everything going our way? A life with no sickness or disease; one in which we have our dream job, with all of our bills paid and plenty of money left over. Maybe your dream is having the idea … Continue reading That Difficult Thing You Are Facing? You’ve Progressed To The Next Level of Spiritual Difficulty
Imagine that a man has come on hard times, loses his apartment and has been living in his car. Unbeknownst to him, a long-lost aunt has passed away and he is her closest living relative. As a result, he has inherited her house, and legally has authority to live there. But he continues to live … Continue reading Your Proper Level of Authority Has Been Granted – Don’t Waste It
Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. Tik Tok. YouTube. No matter where you turn, there is an appeal for you to Like, Follow, and Subscribe. Social media has led to the rise of a new phenomenon - The Influencer. An Influencer works hard to gain a following to connect with, inspire, and/or entertain. As a result of those … Continue reading How Many Followers Do You Have?
Last week I shared about planting our seeds for the future, like a farmer plants seeds for an abundant harvest. You can find that blog here if you missed it. Prayer is one of those ways we can deposit seeds for a future harvest. This week, we are going to view our prayers as deposits … Continue reading The Best Investment For Your Future? Prayer
January is the usual time of year when people start planning and creating goals, making behavior and lifestyle adjustments to influence the change they want to see in their lives for the upcoming year. For many Believers, this month is a time of fasting, to deny ourselves of food, entertainment, and all those things we … Continue reading Those Dreams for Your Future? It’s Planting Time
My daughter and I love to complete the Brain Games at the back of my monthly Reader’s Digest magazine. I always look at the level of difficulty indicator before tackling each one. Sometimes a Difficult puzzle may be easy for me to complete, while one that’s labeled Medium may be harder, if not impossible for … Continue reading Degree of Difficulty for God? Zero
I just want to live in peace, with no conflict, perfectly calm and content. But unfortunately, that’s just not real life. Some of us have to fight - for our marriage, our children, our health, our finances, our mental stability, our career, our property… The list can go on and on. We are all on … Continue reading I Don’t Like to Fight, But…
I recently read an article about couples, and one of the men that was interviewed stated the thing he loved most about his significant other was that she didn’t try to change him. WHAT? I paused after reading this. There was nothing about this man that she wanted to change? Wow, must be nice… After … Continue reading Mission Impossible? Accept My Family Just the Way They Are
About a week ago I had to drive out to a retail store for a return. I tried to avoid stores during the pandemic by doing all my Christmas shopping online. But one of my purchases was defective and I had to return it in person. In order to avoid other shoppers, I decided to … Continue reading Don’t Ignore Your Navigation System – There May Be a Different Way To Go
Whether it’s due to the death of a loved one, illness, quarantine, travel restrictions, or gathering restrictions, Christmas will look different this year for many of us. Black Friday and the weeks after would usually bring the hustle and bustle of shopping for Christmas presents, attending Christmas parties, and participating in events to bless those … Continue reading What Exactly Are You Celebrating? What is Christmas Really About?
To tithe or not to tithe? Want to start an emotionally charged discussion? Just bring up the subject of tithing. For those that have never heard a sermon or teaching on the topic of biblical tithing, it is the practice of giving 10% of your earnings or increase to the local church where you worship. … Continue reading A Modern-Day Case for Tithing: I Dare You
Faith. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this concept is actually the foundation of this entire ministry and blog. Most of the stories I write about are rooted in faith – believing God for things that have not yet happened. Last night I started watching a series called Crazy Faith by Michael Todd. He … Continue reading Why Should I Hope? What Exactly is it Anyway?
As I was writing the story I planned to share this week, I received a text from an old friend. Her father had just passed away, and she was reaching out to let me know. Our families lived on the same block, and we grew up together. I knew him for as long as I … Continue reading How To Be A First Responder In the Midst of Loss
When I write, I want my words to be agents of change, causing my reader to re-think at least one aspect of their lives, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. A long time ago in math class I learned that even the tiniest change in the direction of a vector (in this … Continue reading What if God Had a Smartphone?
Not long ago, I was driving on the highway with the girls, and as I glanced in my rearview mirror, I saw an absolutely beautiful scene unfolding in the sky. As the sun was setting, pink and purple streaks lined the clouds. I’m an avid sky-watcher and when I see a magnificent sunrise or sunset, … Continue reading Why Would You Keep This Amazing Knowledge to Yourself?
This past week has been one like no other. The 2020 US Presidential Election seems to have brought out the worst in some people. Parts of our country are bitterly divided by individual beliefs, values, and principles. Civility was replaced with rude behavior. Patriotism was replaced with partisanship. Respect was replaced with contempt. Courteousness was … Continue reading How Was Your Behavior During This Election?
After finishing a long week at work and virtual school for the girls, I was ready to kick off an extended weekend and celebrate my birthday. I had planned different things to do and foods (and desserts) to eat strategically throughout the next four days to mark another year of life. Friday night, I planned … Continue reading Not a Coincidence or Twist of Fate, But a Divinely-Directed Master Plan
My birthday is next week. For the last few birthdays, I have focused on a certain theme or character trait to develop in my life over the course of that year. I remember year 42 was about being courageous, as a nod to Jackie Robinson, who wore that famous number when he had the courage … Continue reading A Gift or Weapon, What’s Your Intention When You Open Your Mouth?
Lately when we head outside, an awful stench sometimes fills the air. You see, we live down the street from a major pepper processing plant. I don’t remember it being this strong in past autumns, and usually we only smelled the odor when we drove by the plant after leaving the house. But this year … Continue reading Sin and Peppers at the Dinner Table
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the ten plagues in Egypt in the time of Moses and can’t help but wonder if there is a lesson in that story that relates to what we are going through now. There have been catastrophes across the country, unlike anything many of us have seen in our lifetime. An … Continue reading 2020: The Interruption of Everything, but Why? A Personal Reflection
It’s hard to believe I’ve been sharing our stories to encourage readers for two years. What a journey – one I clearly didn’t expect to evolve this way. Milestones are an ideal time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. In 2018, we kicked off the club track season fully expecting … Continue reading Is This What Winning Looks Like?