Allow God to Surprise You

  “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 Christmas time is here. Tomorrow, many will open gifts and admire all they received. Children have been eagerly waiting for this day to open their gifts. Their wait will soon be … Continue reading Allow God to Surprise You

Accepting How God Created You to Be

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”  Psalm 139:13 Every day, they are messages that bombard us that we are not enough.  Our bodies and faces, material possessions, or bank accounts need improvement.  We see advertisements for products that could improve every area of our lives. Instead, we … Continue reading Accepting How God Created You to Be

Patience is not for the Faint at Heart

“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:25   One of the most difficult virtues to obtain is patience.  This world thrives on speed. We try to rush through tasks and work, just to get to the next thing on our to-do list.  It is … Continue reading Patience is not for the Faint at Heart

Have it God’s Way

“The heart of man plan’s his way, but the Lord establishes their steps.”  Proverbs 16:9 “Have it your way” is a saying that advertisers made up for Burger King. The idea is to pick exactly what you want on your burger. Subway and Chipotle have made this the very idea of their food chain. Besides … Continue reading Have it God’s Way

It’s Not About Me

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:3-4   Our relationship with Jesus is a personal one.  Jesus pursues us deeply.  He … Continue reading It’s Not About Me

When People Disappoint

“He heals the broken in heart and binds their wounds.” Psalms 147:3 My child has just started 4th grade.  She loves her teacher and seems to desire to do well in school.  Unfortunately, she is having trouble socially.  She has been coming home sad that she lost a friendship.  It is hard to watch. As … Continue reading When People Disappoint

Mid-Life Transition

“The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.” Proverbs 20:29 It has been 6 months since I turned 40 years old. Some days, I can feel the pain of it, both physically and mentally. There is a growing level of disappointment about my life that … Continue reading Mid-Life Transition

My Hope was Dimmed

“...as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 The past couple of months, I have been feeling very drained. Our country , the world for that matter, … Continue reading My Hope was Dimmed

Reset to Zero

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19   A fresh start...this should seem and feel wonderful but it is scary.  For newborn babies, we relish at this beautiful start to a … Continue reading Reset to Zero

Imitating Jesus

  “If we say we are His, we must follow the example of Christ.”  I John 2:6   This morning, I was listening to the radio and a singer was talking about the birth of his daughter.  He said prayed that he would not mess up that relationship.  He asked God to remind him to … Continue reading Imitating Jesus