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Giving Thanks In The Hard Things

post236pic1It is Thanksgiving week , and all of us have many good things to be thankful for, however, what about all the bad/hard/difficult/not fun things? Are we thankful for those?

The Apostle Paul commands us, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

But how do we do that? How can we continue reading here

Lights On for The Crucible

blog229pic2_edited-1Listen up, Christians, there are some things we need to learn about preparing our children, our leaders, and ourselves for the spiritual battles we will inevitably face and the United States Marine Corps is a really good teacher!

You may recall that I wrote about my sister’s son, Zach, leaving for boot camp last summer. Well, the next big event on his agenda is The Crucible. After watching a WGN video depicting the final events of The Crucible (watch it here) I have to say, I am praying for my nephew like never before!

Behind the dark sleep-deprived eyes of these young Marines one can see continue here

Getting To Know God

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Are. You. Kidding. Me?

Seriously, I know squirrels will find seeds, and I know birdfeeders are a great place to find them; but this birdfeeder — I thought for sure this seed cage was out of reach! Honestly, look where it is hanging!

It’s twelve feet off the ground, up a concrete wall, and find more here

A Shot of Faith

post187picThey are everywhere… reminders to get a flu shot. Like most of you, I ignored them. I got my first flu shot in college, because everyone else did, but that was the last time I thought about it for years.

Why didn’t I get flu shots annually? I didn’t need them. I never had the flu and I continue here

Fanning the Flame

It seems like every week there’s a new cause that sets our passion ablaze… for a moment… and then the flame dies down… until another cause surfaces. We want to make a difference, we want passion and purpose. We want change. But our attention lasts about as long as continue here

The Stronghold

post 171 graphicThe Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

There are times when the person I should fear most is my own self. It is “me” who takes over and wreaks havoc with my heart and my conscience when I choose to indulge anger or fear. It is “me” who comes up with ridiculous schemes to advance my agendas, hide my weaknesses, or protect my heart.

Who knows me better than I know myself? Who knows my weaknesses and my hot buttons as well as I do? Only I know how easily I can build a wall around my heart, set a gate, apply a deadbolt and lock it. I know how I operate. I know how to breach the trust I place in God and surrender to myself.

The reality is that I am my own worst enemy when the Lord is continue here

Running On Empty!

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Empty. Exhausted. Frustrated. Burned out. Worn out. Helpless. Hopeless. Joyless. Passionless. Ready to quit. Except you can’t.

You can’t quit your job. Or your marriage. Or your parenting. Or your ministry. You can’t quit, but you can’t continue when you have nothing left to give.

Maybe if you just dig a little deeper you’ll find the drive, the motivation, the passion that you used to have. Surely it’s there; it’s just a little beyond reach. So you dig, but the hole just gets wider, deeper and find more here

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