“See caring ministry as Incarnational.” – H.B. London The mind-numbing monotony of our daily chores can sometimes make tackling our Monday mornings feel like making the harrowing climb to the peak of Mt. Everest. The key is to find deep meaning in all we do – even the small stuff. In other words, we need […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Incarnational Service"
“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"
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Gma,” I found myself saying as I settled into the dark sedan. My grandmother couldn’t answer, of course, because she was lying peacefully in a coffin at the back of the car. I was given the honor of preaching at my own grandmother’s funeral about two weeks ago, […]Read more "The Art of Remembering"
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"
The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead. “If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked. Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!” I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the […]Read more "Dreaming Bigger"
We all dream of accomplishing great things, but how often do we consider the dramatic importance of all the small things along the way? I encountered a perfect example of this while reading a book by Ted Cruz, the presidential hopeful, called “A Time for Truth.” The senator’s wife, Heidi, was shocked when she left […]Read more "Taking Pride in the Small Stuff"
As we prepare to ring in the New Year this weekend, many of us will choose to be “two-faced.” No, I’m not talking about doing something hypocritical. The dawn of a new year typically causes us to reflect on our past even as we dream about the future. This phenomenon is why Janus (the Roman […]Read more "Looking Ahead"
Along with being a wonderful season of celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas is also a time of “togetherness” – a time to gather with family, friends, and loved ones and fellowship with one another. For this very reason, it can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who find themselves alone during […]Read more "Christmas Loneliness"
“True inspiration overrides all fears.” Bernie Siegel I was so honored to be nominated by Pearl Girl at INFJ Ramblings for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! This award is given to blogs who have inspired at least one reader out there, and this encouragement came at a perfect time. As I reflected […]Read more "My 7 Most Inspiring Moments"
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass – it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene During the Summer of 2005 I had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of climbing the Great Wall of China – and it rained. As we trudged across the slippery stones, I remember feeling a […]Read more "Singing in the Rain – The Choice to Worship"