July is coming to a close. I set this month aside to seek God for the next chapter in my life. This is on the run-up to my birthday next month. What is it about birthdays that makes us so introspective? We tend to look back on our lives and examine the wins and losses. … Continue reading Maximum Health for Maximum Service
There are lots of reasons to seek change. Zig Ziglar asked the question, “Is there something you could do in the next 24 hours to make your life worse?” It was a back-handed way of making the point that our actions affect the outcome of our lives. We know we can screw it up even … Continue reading You Will Be Perfect!
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20 (NIV) Whether it is my fast-approaching birthday or an increasing sense that Jesus could, indeed, be coming for his church any minute, my awareness that I am not a citizen of this world is … Continue reading Are You Ready?
Who are you? When asked this question, we generally spout a list of characteristics such as our age, height, weight, marital status, education, job. We define ourselves by physical traits and life experiences. When we face challenges in life, we compare our ability to overcome against this list and come up with a statistical analysis … Continue reading You Are a Winner!
What is fear but the expectation of disaster? We’ve been talking about overcoming the effects of this beast and, as I’ve mentioned before, I am reading the book Acres of Diamonds by Jentezen Franklin, looking for clues as to how to stop the tyranny of fear. Most recently, I was reading about the powerful effect … Continue reading What Do You Expect?
In my recent efforts to overcome the power of fear in my life, I’ve been looking at many resources. One of those is a book by Jentezen Franklin called, Acres of Diamonds. In this book, he talks about being rooted in the place God has you. What does this have to do with fear, you … Continue reading Gratitude vs Fear
Last week I talked about the role of fear in my life—how it acts as Nanny Gatekeeper between me and all the things I could have, do and be if I would just kick her to the curb, step over the body, and do what I need to do. So what if I fall down? … Continue reading Courage is Its Own Reward
“Whatever the means, the task of conquering fear is the most important in character-building and it will repay any effort. Not until it is done, and effectively, finally done, can the human soul take its proper place, rise to its God-given dominion, and progress to higher and yet higher planes of power.” - Orison Swett … Continue reading Step on the Cockroach of Fear!
Last week I took care of my grandchildren while their parents went to Hawaii for a long-overdue respite. Ages four and one, they are adorable girls—smart, funny, gorgeous. They are also little people with expectations, desires, routines, and the usual quirks. It was an entire course in human relationships crammed into a few short days. … Continue reading How to Improve Your Relationships
"Not all who wander are lost." That quote by J.R.R. Tolkien is a favorite of my sister’s. I can’t fault her for her interpretation: staying put in one spot all your life–never exploring your options, never seeing the world with fresh eyes would be a shame. For me though, it has a different meaning and … Continue reading Although Not All Who Wander Are Lost, Some Just Might Be…