I never considered laundry to be much of a faith-stretching activity. I mean it’s not as if loading clothes into one machine, pushing buttons and later moving them to another machine is difficult. Rote, boring and tedious in the folding/hanging stage? Sure. But the only faith needed is in the ability of the washer tub […]
I peered out the window and smiled as the sun briefly peeked back between blustery grey clouds. It seemed like eternity had passed since the rain began days earlier leaving only short interludes into which I dared to walk our Great Danes around the neighborhood. I made the 1.25 mile trek with my ten month […]
Getting My House in Order sounds like it should be a pretty simple thing to do, right? As part of my self-challenge in August to weed out life’s “non-essential” things in order to lead a life focused on deliberate “essentialism,” I quickly honed in on removing physical clutter. I don’t know about you, but piles […]
I was listening to a podcast the other day on “Essentialism” as I bounced back and forth across the back yard on the riding mower. (Having a Great Dane who likes to dig requires pot hole-evading driving skills and better tractor suspension than I possess!) As the interviewer, Jeff Goins, probed a brilliant author about his […]
When I scroll through social media and see that tragedy abounds, my first response is to offer prayer. So when I say, “I’m Praying!” …I’d better be sure I AM! What good is it to TELL people you “will” pray for them, if you don’t GUARANTEE that it happens? (I can only guarantee it if […]
I can too easily react to another’s actions or words (whether in person or on a digital screen) when I’m already tired, doubting myself or my purpose or I’m angry. And when I’m hurt? Whew! That is a serious trigger for my mouth to start shooting out ammo before my mind begins sorting out a better game plan.
It can be tricky to answer sometimes, “In whom (or what) shall I trust?” So I’m just going to make this short and sweet…because I need reminding often, and maybe others do too…that what I set my eyes and heart on–what I trust in–is what becomes my IDOL. What, like…My job? Exercising (perhaps to achieve […]
Since I was serving on the security team when I heard it, I only had time to jot down those two words in my phone’s calendar to remind me to look it up later.
“It turns out there are 94 verses in the New Testament where Paul and others used the Greek word meaning “One Another” to instruct us on how to care for and treat each other.”
For the most part, these verses are directing us toward UNITY, HUMILITY and LOVE. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) tells us to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave” us. I’m still looking for the one that says, “Don’t let one another freeze to death!” That’s what Danny and I were doing in this pic–laughing instead of crying and trying to keep One Another from freezing during a riverfront photo shoot that went terribly sideways! My hair is evidence of the severity of the wind that day that dipped into the 40’s in the shade!
John 6:43 tells us not to grumble at one another. OUCH! That one caught in my throat. I’m so guilty. I grumble. I see what’s wrong in the world. I see things that could make the world better, but those things are often passed over for the “Bigger, Better” things in life. So I grumble. And I hear myself complain, and I hate the sound of my own voice. I can only imagine what those around me think of my grumbling. It’s 100 degrees outside–It’s too hot! Traffic is a mess–It’s too slow! I have a million hours of work and only a hundred hours too do it all–I’m too busy! Read More