Loss

Loss is a painful part of life. The loss of someone or something that is significant to you and me can send us into an emotional tailspin. In my counseling ministry I meet with precious people who have lost a loved one in death, lost their health, lost their marriage, lost a child, lost a job, lost income, lost confidence, …

Ambition

If you are a professing Christian, what is your greatest life ambition? J.J. Rodale’s Synonym Finder lists the following words (others also) as synonyms for ambition: aspiration, goal, aim, target, destination, longing, yearning, hope, dream, desire, plan, scheme, wish, or end point. Simply put, ambition is our desire to pursue and accomplish a worthwhile goal. Ambitious people are those who …

Transitions

Transitions happen. Whether we are prepared for transitions or not, it is an inevitable fact that life is one long series of transitions. A transition is a change from one thing to another. One life season ends, another begins. A chapter in our life’s book ends. A new chapter waits to be written. What was is no longer. What is …

Acting Like God’s People

Every single day in America we hear more bad news than good news. Bad news sells. The downside of life is popular with the populace, racking up high viewer ratings. The most alarming fact of all is this: bad news is getting bad-der and bad-der!  Talking bobble-heads, the media darlings who flatter themselves with their empty-headed, nonsensical, idle talk, pride …

Emotional Firewalls

Emotional Firewalls

Firewalls. Most of us are familiar with the term but may not know what a firewall actually does. Webster defines firewall as “a wall constructed to prevent the spread of fire.” Firefighters build back fires to halt destructive firestorms. Homeowners install security systems to keep burglars at bay. Sand bags walls prevent Hurricane waters from flooding homes. Immunizations are firewalls …

New Is God’s Normal

I love new, don’t you? Of course you do! New trumps old almost every time (antique/classic automobiles, magnificent Victorian style mansions, and fine vintage furniture excepted!). There is nothing like the scent of a new car, the keys to a new house, the birth of a baby, a marriage ceremony sending the newlyweds off to a honeymoon, and, oh yes, …

Changing With Change

Change. What comes to mind when you hear the word change? What do you think about when you contemplate change? What rolls around in your cerebrum when you consider change in life? I know what I think about change: life changes, and initially, most of us, including yours truly, aren’t too fond of change. Change happens. Change is part and …

Refreshing Rest

There are times when a scripture jumps off the page, hits you square in the eyeballs, then burrows deep down into your spirit. While reading through the book of Romans this month, today I was reading and meditating upon Chapters 14 and 15. Verse 32 in chapter 15 reads “so that I may come to you in joy by the …

Heads Up!

Have you ever noticed that when people are discouraged their heads hang down?   We humans tend to look downward, not upward, when life crashes in. If you don’t believe this, just look around. These days, people from all walks of life, are walking through life with heads hanging down. Life for many has turned topsy-turvy. People’s heads-down posture reflects …

Keep the Faith

The 1970’s in American culture were turbulent times. Our nation was turned upside down by long-haired hippies, half-naked flower children, pot and psychedelic drugs.  Woodstock, wildly painted Volkswagens mini-buses, outrageous, anti-establishment bumper stickers, war protests, and free love rocked the nation.  “Make love, not war” was the mantra of the counter-culture crowd. Some of my more mature readers (notice I …