“Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne Over Spring Break our family visited The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri. How incredible it was to learn about how much these delicate creatures can accomplish in the […]Read more "Butterfly Joy"
So many of you braved the Black Friday sales this year? Though I haven’t gone since I’ve had kids (it’s not as easy to elbow your way to the good stuff with two heavyweights dragging you down), I’ve seen my share of Black Friday drama. In fact, my wife almost got mauled by a shopping […]Read more "Black Friday (Finding Meaning in the Madness)"
The Angelus – Jean-Francois Millet, 1859 A picture is worth a thousand words, and just like musical expressions of praise, paintings can often inspire us to worship. One such painting is The Angelus, a beautiful depiction of the inseparable relationship between worship and our daily tasks. Max Lucado wrote the following about this […]Read more "“The Angelus”, Work, and Worship"
“I believe beauty will save the world…but art only has power if people slow down enough to see it.” – Seth Tummins Seth Tummins decided to learn how to create oil paintings in December 2009. Little did he know at the time that this decision would alter the course of his life. Now […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Seth Tummins"
“You’ve been given a gift, this profound connection to everything. Just look for it, and I promise you it’s there, the collateral beauty.” – Madeleine, “Collateral Beauty” Movies often entertain, but every so often you will come across a film which really makes you think. If you’re a poetic soul who loves to ponder […]Read more "P – The Philosophical Perspective on Love & Death in “Collateral Beauty”"
“Here’s the smell of the blood still: all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, oh, oh!” – Lady MacBeth, from “MacBeth” by William Shakespeare In one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever penned, Lady MacBeth tries to cleanse her hands of blood, even in her sleep. Though she and her […]Read more "O – “Out, Damned Spot!”: The Lady MacBeth in Each of Us"
“They kept it up to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Colyer, Titanic Survivor On this very day precisely 105 years ago – April […]Read more "M – Music of Mercy: Echoes from the Titanic"
“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand. Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish […]Read more "J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!"
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 As a parent I genuinely hope that I’m passing on the right kind of lessons to my children. Sometimes, however, they end up […]Read more "Motivating Monday -The Good Road"
“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"