04 Jul

The Well Placed Nail

This plaque is above the kitchen sink in our Breckenridge cabin. I think God placed it there just for me. I can even see it from my bed at night as I lay with my head on my pillow. Family is a lot of things. It is full of challenges along the way. But at its best, at its core, family really is about happiness, love, hugs and laughter. We have experienced it this week. For all of you who have prayed for us this last year, you know what this week has done for our souls. God is good. I hope God blesses the hands that hung that little plaque. It’s a great reminder that we may never know how a life well lived and intent on inspiring others might just do so with a well placed nail over a kitchen sink! Go love somebody today. Share some hugs. Laugh a lot and take in all the happiness your heart will hold. If your journey is filled with clouds right now, consider this a glimmer of hope and know that while I may not know your need, I am praying God gives you breakthrough. And remember, he walks with you through the valleys and the mountain tops! He is our daddy and he loves his kids!

27 Jun

Back-to-Back

God likes pairs. No not the fruit! Teams! Somethings were just made to work in pairs; boots, socks and disciples! The Lord sends us out two by two. We are not made to go it alone. His smallest team is two. Grab a buddy and follow the Lord. Why? Because two with him is hard to beat! “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

16 Jun

The Jealousy Tree

The seed of envy sprouts from the soil of pride and grows into the tree of jealousy. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Envy and jealously were the driving forces in the conflict between God and Lucifer, Cain and Able, Joseph and his brothers, David and Saul as well as Jesus and the Jewish leaders. Envy, jealousy and pride are the key ingredients for crime. The jealousy tree seeks to be the center of attention without regard to cost.

Love does not envy and is not jealous. Love is the antidote for the poison that destroys otherwise thriving relationships. Recognize the signs of envy and jealousy in your life and eliminate them by pouring on love and swallowing your pride. (Song of Solomon 8:6, 1 Corinthians 13:4)

12 Jun

True Love

“True love is best identified by what it does. The next time you tell someone, “I love you,” make sure that person can reply, “I know,” because he or she has seen your love in action.” ⁃ David Jeremiah, Ever Faithful

09 Jun

What do we want?

We want more but of what we do not know.

We complain but aren’t sure what we really want.

We want to be happy but are unclear of its source.

We want answers but can’t form the questions.

We want peace but continue to stir.

We want love but are searching in all the wrong places.

We want joy but hold onto hate.

We want success but are unable to define it.

We want to unlock freedom but can’t find the keys.

We want things and we want things to be better but things are only getting worse.

What we really want, but fail to realize, is God. What we long for is Him more than we know.

We want His will but aren’t certain where it is found.

The wants and desires of our hearts are hidden in the delight in the Lord.

When our wants are His wants we find all we are looking for in Him.

The answer is not in what we want but rather in what He wants. There within we find all we could ever want or need.

When we want Him we find Him. When we search for Him, He will be found and in Him we discover all we could ever hope for.

09 Jun

The Furious Love of God

“When the night is bad and my nerves are shattered and the waves break over the sides, Infinity speaks. God Almighty shares through His son the depth of His feelings for me, His love flashes into my soul, and I am overtaken by mystery.

I have two choices. I can escape below into skepticism and intellectualism, hanging on for dear life. Or, with radical amazement, I can stay on deck and boldly stand in surrendered faith to the truth of my belovedness, caught up in the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God. And learn to pray.”

“Abba I belong to you.”

— Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing for God

“I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.”

Song of Solomon 7:10 NASB

03 Jun

Anyway

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa’s version of the Anyway poem