Changing a Culture of Hate

“Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts.  May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue-those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us-who is lord over us?”  Psalm 12:2-4 My writing these last couple of years has…

Finding The Peace At Christmas

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”~Luke 2:14 We hear this phrase in both word and song throughout the holiday season, but do we understand what its implications are?   What did the angles mean when they were saying this 2000 years ago?  We certainly don’t have world peace. …

Traversing the Dark Valley of Loss Part 4 Thanksgiving Editon

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:5-6 Since the last installment of this blog…

Traversing the Dark Valley of Loss Part 3

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalm 23 3b-4 Well, it’s been a few weeks since I put in my last installment of this blog series.  I apologize for…

Traversing the Dark Valley of Loss Part 2

“He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:2-3a It’s interesting as I begin writing this blog the thunder came all at once and a nice steady downpour is happening at this very moment.  How fitting to have that background refreshing noise as I focus…

Traversing the Dark Valley of Loss Part 1

“The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,…

Leaps of Faith vs Steps of Faith

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a…

Self-control In an Out-of-Control World

I just finished eating my breakfast and reading my daily devotionals with my coffee and am once again reminded of the all-important self-control that we all should have in our lives.  The Apostle Paul wrote this to the Galatians in Galatians 5:22: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:  love,…

Charlie Mike So You Can Mike Charlie

I occasionally listen to the Julian Michael’s podcast to get trainer tips from time to time. The show is fun and I learn some heathy things that she talks about on the show. One show in particular she started talking about the concept of Charlie Mike. She was going through a difficult time in recording…

Our Freedom, Our Flag, Our Patriotism

“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.”~Stonewall Jackson “Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t carry just a piece of cloth to symbolize his belief in racial equality; he carried the American flag.”~Adrian Cronauer “For me, the definition of a patriot is someone who is willing to constantly…

A New Beginning

Like a new spring morning change is a good thing and a thing that makes you grow.  If you have been reading, my blog for some time you know I have hit some redundancy in it.  I love writing on spiritual matters and how God moves in our lives, but I also know that the…

Magnificent May: Goodness and Grace

“Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus.  Saving is all his idea, and all his work.  All we do is trust him enough to let him do it.  It’s God’s gift from start to…