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 …

Be Encouraged!

Discouragement. No one likes feeling discouraged. Everyone likes being encouraged. But occasionally life can be discouraging. With little or no warning whatsoever, discouragement raises its depressing head to disrupt our day. Discouragement is no respecter of persons. We all know how uncomfortable and unsettling it is to be discouraged. Discouragement has a way of blowing the wind out of our …

God’s Will

A young, married, Christian couple was struggling with a major life decision. I listened intently to them as they rehearsed their emotional roller-coaster ride, trying to figure out what to do. Visibly frustrated, perplexed and anxious, they shared how they had tried everything they knew to do with little success. Indeed, their situation was serious. The time for decision making …

mistakes

Mistakes

Mistakes Mistakes. Missteps. Mess ups. Welcome my friend to the human experience! You and I know how to make mistakes don’t we? We really do. Some people seem to be professional mistake makers.  If you are like me, you don’t like making mistakes.  People are mistake prone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life was mistake free?  Dream again! Heaven will …