Waves of endless noise, Crash as I swim toward stillness. There, a voice. God speaks. “Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10Read more "Haiku – Stillness"
We’re officially two weeks into the school year, and it is promising to be one of our most interesting school years yet! Ever since COVID-19 shut down the entire country in March, even the smallest and most routine tasks have suddenly become very complicated. Not to mention the constant noise of one political party trying […]
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“It’s smooth sailing all the way with God of the Angel Armies.” – Psalm 84:12 (MSG) Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book – The Purpose Driven Life – claims that in order for any individual or organization to achieve success they need a picture, or symbol, that captures the essence of their mission. If […]Read more "The Spiritual Significance of the Sailboat"
“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"
Martin Puryear, Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996 “Why do I feel I have to reach, believe I have to rise, When You never said I had to climb these broken ladders?” -Selah While living in Fort Worth, Texas, I visited the Museum of Modern Art and came across a sculpture by […]Read more "Are You Climbing a Broken Ladder?"
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"
This thought really encouraged me this week. I scrawled it on a sticky note and slapped it on my desk, and even wrote put it on my white board as the “Quote of the Week.” Here’s why it spoke to me: 1.) Think of the time and care a poet takes to carefully craft […]Read more "We Are God’s Poetry!"
Our world is a beautiful place, full of color, mystery, and wonder. Why is it so incredibly beautiful? What does this stunning display mean? The beauty of the universe is a profound gift. First, it proves that there is a God – a Divine Artist. If science or evolution had sparked the world’s creation, then […]Read more "Motivating Monday – The Gift of Beauty"
I read in an educational article this week that statistics are booming for school students who are reporting feelings of severe anxiety. They are complaining to their teachers of headaches, stomach aches, dizziness, or simply stare at a blank page or act out. The root cause of this is fearfulness and anxiety, which makes […]Read more "Pray First!"