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…

the start of something new

Originally posted on mississippisunrise:
I’m starting this blog as a way to keep track of my thoughts. This new venture comes on the heels of my last week going through the Daniel Plan book by Rick Warren. I’ve learned an enormous amount and due to the fear of forgetting these things and slipping back into…

“Because You Are My Inspiration”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ― Maya Angelou It started out as a normal Saturday, except this Saturday, I was to meet a friend for a long 4-mile walk.  I hadn’t seen her in a few months and so…

Using Fear In a Leap of Faith

Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing.  They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land!  And if the lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that…

Drawing a Line In the Sand

“For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”  ~ Ephesians 4:4-6  As I was driving the interstate last…

The Four Levels of Gut Check Time

“So be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid and do not panic before them.  For the lord your God will personally go ahead of you.  He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6 “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.  Without courage, we cannot practice any…

Climbing the Mountain Part 8: Pushing Through Persecution

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted…

Climbing the Mountain Part 7: Peacemaking 101

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”~Matthew 5:9 “First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”~Thomas a Kempis The seventh be attitude that Jesus talks about is that of peacemakers.  As we ascend the mountain, we have to have peace with our bodies for us…

Climbing the Mountain Part 5: Mercy All the Way to the Top

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”~Matthew 5:7 Our next be attitude that Jesus talks about is mercy.  Mercy is the grabbing of rock, the physical climbing we do to get to the top.  It’s an action, not a reaction.  Mercy doesn’t wait for the need to come, it sees the need…

Climbing the Mountain Part 4: Determination to the Top

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”~Matthew 5:6 The next be attitude that Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the Mount, is having a determined spirit when seeking righteousness.  He lists here the two most important physical needs we have and they are food and water.  Hungering…

Climbing the Mountain Part 3: Meekness Isn’t Weakness

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”~Matthew 5:5 I can’t take credit for this saying, but I think it speaks volumes about the next be attitude which is meekness.  “Meekness isn’t weakness, but strength under control.”  I like how it’s said in the photo, perfect control.  In my favorite dictionary Webster’s 1828,…