I was asked this question today in a tongue-in-cheek way. The questioner was trying, in a less predictable and more humorous way, to find out a bit about me. Do you hate the question, “What do you like to do for fun,” as much as I do? Rather than my answer revealing the unique and … Continue reading What Do You Do for Amazement?
How’s your joy? I hear groaning! There are plenty of reasons to feel down. For one, here in Central Texas the June temperatures are mimicking mid-August and just stepping outside will cause you to swoon. Hard to be joyful when sweat drips down your back and melted sunscreen burns your eyes. It doesn’t help to … Continue reading How to Stay Cool This Summer
There are devotional books whose daily readings I review year after year. One of these is God Calling, edited by A.J. Russell. The writers of the book remain anonymous. Every year something in my life draws my attention to a new message in the familiar words. The passage for May 31 included an encouragement to … Continue reading How to Connect Your Heart to God
Sweet Jesus, Life is unpredictable, but you are not! You are steadfast and reliable. I never know what a day might bring, but I know you will always be there, loving me and making lemonade from my lemons! Protecting and providing even in a hard situation. Yesterday I had one of those situations. My car … Continue reading God is There When You Call
Are you feeling that if you could only get a handle on a few key issues, you could definitely be content? Happy? What are those for you? Maybe it's weight or health, relationships, career, finances. The biggies, right? If you’re like me, sometimes the results of my best efforts take me in the opposite direction … Continue reading Walk This Way
I’ve been reading The One-Year Chronological Bible and spending time with those rebellious Hebrew children out in the wilderness. After being led out of Egyptian slavery by a miraculous deliverance, their constant complaining drove God and Moses to wrestle more than once with the urge to wipe them out. Probably most annoying of all their … Continue reading Don’t Get Stuck in the Desert!
In the Bible, the Psalms get very real. They express the nitty gritty of the person’s true fears and emotions as they struggle to find God in the middle of their circumstances. They often begin with tears, doubts, and frustrations, but as the author works through his pain and centers himself on the One who … Continue reading No Need to Mince Words with God!
When Jesus sat down to explain His mission to His disciples, He began by describing the benefits of paying close attention to what He was about to say. In Matthew 5:1-11, He explained that we can have all the blessings we long for if we are hungry and thirsty enough to find them God’s way—the … Continue reading You Are Salty and Bright!
Are you broken? Does it feel as if your life is 5,000-piece puzzle, dumped out of the box, its lid long gone along with its clues as to what to make of this mess? Good news! The One who designed you, crafted you, and sent you out into the world has the blueprint, the tools, … Continue reading Keys to a Blessed Life
The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were completely changed! The changes weren’t visible in the mirror (except as a broad smile, perhaps) and you might not have felt any different in your body. The floating on a cloud feeling you experienced on that mountain top where you met Jesus may have ended … Continue reading Look in the Right Mirror!