“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks Now that we live in the mountains, our family has begun a summer tradition of picking fresh cherries from a nearby mountain orchard. The kids love hunting for the “perfect” cherry, which would […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Delicious Lessons from the Cherry Tree"
“When He [Jesus] had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” – Luke 5:4-5 Our modern business-driven culture is extremely […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Redefining Success"
“In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – “Braveheart” “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – “Braveheart” While visiting the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, I […]Read more "W – Warrior Poets"
“For God so loved the world…” – John 3:16 When God looked down from the heavens and whispered, “I love you,” this became an everlasting, unchanging truth! Nothing you or anyone else can do could diminish His love for you in the least bit. His love for you is undying and does not falter! […]Read more "Motivating Mondays – He Loves You!"
It is always a great encouragement to hear that a good friend is praying for us. According to Romans 8:34, however, believers have Jesus Christ Himself praying for them daily! That’s right, Christian! You are daily on His mind, and the Creator of the universe is in your corner interceding for you! Take […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Prayed Up!"
We are all called to take leaps of faith at times… – Faith to write that book, trusting there will be an audience – Faith to follow God’s calling, though it requires a pay cut – Faith to put our children in private school or college, though the tuition is significant Whatever your “faith leap” […]Read more "Motivating Monday – The Permanent Impact of Faith"
Photo Credit: Hope by Martin Grommel We’re officially three weeks into the school year, and things have become more hectic than ever. After losing two school directors in four months, having the school vandalized, and having a water line burst and flood one of our buildings in six inches of water, it’s been a […]Read more "Finding Hope in the Darkness"
“Stand firm in the LORD” – I Peter 5:9 Our market-driven culture has trained our hearts to be discontent, and most of us will spend our lives constantly trying to dream more, to do more, and to be more. We all fall into this trap. While our efforts to succeed may very well motivate us […]Read more "Steady Standing"
The year was 1952. A hush fell over the crowd as the infamous composer, John Cage, stepped into the concert. The crowd held their collective breath as he sat at the piano. And then…nothing. John Cage sat in silence for precisely four minutes and thirty-three seconds (thus the name of this notorious piece – […]Read more "Listening – The Key Ingredient to Prayer"
The painting above, entitled Aaron and Hur Help Hold Moses’ Arms, was created by Karl Wagner and can be found at http://www.fineartamerica.com. This painting captures the moment recorded in Exodus 17:8-14, where the Israelites prevailed in their war against the Amalekires only while Moses held up his arms in intercessory prayer. As you can […]Read more "“Aaron and Hur” Painting and the Importance of Prayer Cover"