“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?"
Today’s churches are having a find time holding onto their worship leaders, and at times it seems that every song rubs someone the wrong way. Why is this? Kenny Lamm, the Worship Consultant for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, has this to say about the situation: […]Read more "Healing the “Generation Gap” in Christian Music – One Song at a Time"
Some of you will remember my post from a few months ago about declaring war on my stubborn gray hair and fighting to maintain my youthful appearance. Well, sadly, the “Gray-Hair Saga” continues! I quickly realized that hair dye is not only expensive, but washes out incredibly quickly. It’s just so […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Appreciating My “Silver Lining”"
“Don’t count every second – make every second count.” – Unknown “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford Unless you’re fortunate enough to be earning a full-time salary for your writing, you most likely squeeze your writing into an air-tight schedule. If you fall […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Making Every Second Count"
“God often speaks loudest when we’re quietest.” – Mark Batterson, “Whisper” A new year has dawned, and everyone is in the business of making resolutions and frantically trying to keep them. What I’ve been learning this year, however, is that my greatest goal as a follower of Christ is not to do anything at […]Read more "Hearing God’s Voice – Our #1 Goal"
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?"