An elderly widow invited my family to the annual Veterans Day ceremony in our small community. We arrived on time – “on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour,” to find the poor woman sitting all alone. Tears were streaming down her face as we sat next to her. “It’s like everyone has just forgotten […]Read more "Why Remembering Matters…"
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"
“In God’s Word, He said 365 times, ‘Do Not Fear.’ Once time for each day.” -Facing the Giants “I’ve resolved to give God everything I’ve got and leave the results up to Him.” -Facing the Giants The Christian film, Facing the Giants, explored a concept that is deeply rooted in Scripture. […]Read more "Motivating Monday – “When Giants Fall”"
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Bryant H. McGill Yesterday I found myself with a cold pumpkin spice latte in hand and a fresh copy of Preaching Magazine to pore over. That’s right, folks – I knew it was going to be […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Is Anybody Listening?"
“The dark is just a canvas for Your grace and brightness.” – Rend Collective, “Joy” To be honest with everyone, the last couple of weeks have been especially draining and I’ve felt the full weight of balancing four jobs and raising a family. On top of my hectic schedule (which included tense, […]Read more "The Art of Celebration"
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"
Cafe Terrace at Night Vincent Van Gogh – 1888 Artists often dream of “making it” in their chosen field and becoming a household name. But what does this look like in real life? Let’s take a glance at a few artists who […]Read more "Motivating Monday – In Good Company"
“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“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"
Remember the good old days, when you used to stay awake at night dreaming of summer? No school, no homework…just two months of relaxation and fun – right? If you’re a parent, you’re probably laughing uncontrollably right now. Why? Because you know that cabin fever sets in after two weeks are through, and being stuck […]Read more "A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Summer"