MY RIGHTS

As citizens of the United States we are blessed and thankful for many rights. We enjoy freedom of religion, the right to free speech, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms (going sleeveless or having arms like a bear?), the right to a speedy trial, the right to disagree with authority and say…

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

“The Lord is my shepherd…” Psalm 23:1 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me.”  John 10:11, 14 Shepherd is one of the titles that Jesus claimed for Himself while He walked on…

SMALL BEGINNINGS

Small beginnings.  They don’t sound too impressive.  We like things to start big, with lots of fanfare, plenty of buzz ahead of time on social media, and lots of publicity followed by an impressive launch.  We start a new year with big ideas of all the things we will do better this time.  We change…

VOICES OF POWER

Our voices are so important.  Yours is.  Mine is.  The world needs our voices.  Yours.  Mine.  Our voices and our words impact those around us.  They make a difference.  They have the power to give hope to someone who is struggling.  They can speak truth and light where there has been confusion and darkness.  Our…

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have…

OWNING NOTHING

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever.  Amen.” Romans 11:36 “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. …

LIVING THE GREAT COMMISSION

What does it mean to live out our commitment to Christ?  What does it look like to answer the call of the great commission?  I’ve heard many sermons that would give the impression that if we fully surrender our wills to the Lord He will make huge demands on us and turn our lives completely…

DEEPER ROOTS

I have been guilty of collecting books on my Kindle, putting off reading them, and then getting sidetracked and forgetting all about them.  Lately, I found a gem just waiting for me to rediscover it, and the timing was perfect.  It’s another book by Andrew Murray (I highly recommend any book he authored!) titled “Spirit…

SURROUNDING GRACE

Grace surrounds us. On the most ordinary days and in the most ordinary ways, the Lord is pouring out His grace. We think of grace as that which forgave our sin and made our salvation possible.  That is true.  God’s grace was among the forces at work when He provided Jesus as Redeemer and Savior….

LESSONS FROM MY PUPPY

I tend to learn from the everyday, common things that are around me, and I’ve been spending lots of quality time with our miniature schnauzer puppy.  Zoe will be four months old in a few days, and she’s been with us almost two of the four.  She is a pretty smart little puppy and has…