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
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
Twenty twenty-two is the year to tackle contentment! The Apostle Paul is our role model as he boldly declared, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have,” (Philippians 4:11 NLT). He advises to us to imitate him just as he imitates Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1), and so he presents a dependable pattern … Continue reading How to Change from Worry to Contentment?
I put my bathroom scale in the attic today. It seemed like the only way to stop an upward trend of the numbers it’s been reporting. I went on a couple of trips this fall, and the change in routine set my weight on the rise. Maybe putting away the scale seems like sticking my … Continue reading Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!
Top of the list of things you can do to increase your peace and joy in these crazy times is to read the Bible. Oh, no. Bible reading has become one of those legalistic “must do’s” that most of us have decided we don’t have to do any more. As Christians, we listen to preachers, … Continue reading Give Me Life Through Your Word!
So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. – James 1:21 (NLT) One thing I took away from last month’s fast was a deeper conviction that knowing and believing the promises … Continue reading Time to Scrub Up!
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
“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?
“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!
"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…