From a Place of Dependence

Blog - Place of DependenceTight schedules.

Relentless demands.

Growing expectations.

Challenging tasks.

Some days it seems almost unbearable! But each day is quite bearable when we consider our position in it all.

These next several weeks are much more taxing than many other weeks I’ve had in recent times. Preparation. Deadlines. Availability. Schedule. Reschedule. These terms have been a regular part of my vocabulary this week and seemingly for the very near future. As my recent vacation accelerated toward its end, the temptation to worry would soon begin. Continue reading

Half Empty or Running Over?

Blog - Cup Running OverFor the past two days, this question has been pressing on my mind. . . . or shall I say pressing on my heart: is the glass half-empty or is it running over full?When the promise is delayed, this question begs to be answered.

Sometimes, it seems like my timetable and God’s timetable are like two ships sailing adjacent to one another in a huge tumultuous sea. The timetables are side by side, but they fail to intersect when I think they should. They are in sync, but they don’t seem to be crossing paths as quickly as I would like.

Am I the only one who is tempted to look at the glass as “half-empty” when I should realize the “my cup runs over” aspect of my relationship with my Father? Continue reading

Fully Present

Blog - Fully PresentI’m grateful for the pause button in a really busy day. I’ve learned that those times aren’t readily handed to us. We must deliberately push the pause button and take in the spiritual food of God’s Word that is wonderfully nourishing to our souls.

So, I did.

I paused. Listened to a message from a gifted writer, speaker, and servant of God. I was fully alive and fully present in the moment. Many times I listen as I take care of other things around the house, but today I dropped it all and opened my Bible to follow along. Quite a few things I heard to encourage and empower me in this journey of ministry, and I will share one huge point in hopes that it will too refresh you in your servant journey with Christ. Continue reading

Killing Abel

Blog - Killing Abel- FinalSOMEONE HAS TO DIE! Someone has to pay because I failed to offer an appropriate sacrifice, and now I have been rejected!

Most of us may be inclined to shake our heads when we read the story of Cain and Abel. Why would someone kill his sibling when his sibling did nothing wrong? When he did what was right? It’s not so far-fetched when we think of how some people try to kill others today without laying a finger on them. Ostracizing them. Ignoring them. Rejecting them. Disrespecting them. We may not be “killing Abel” in a literal sense, but some of us are “killing able” figuratively.  Continue reading

Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental,  spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

Hoarding Grace

Blog - GraceA troubled marriage.

Financial difficulties.

Wayward children.

A terminal illness.

All are realities of this life. And all present a real need for God’s loving grace.

But is it enough? Is His daily provision of grace really enough?

Is it enough when we have so many pressing issues that make negotiating the terms of this life so painfully troublesome? Laid before us are the hard facts of life. In fine print, many times, we miss the disclaimer. We didn’t see the circumstances forthcoming . . . . and coming so deliberately, as if to overtake us with brutal force. Continue reading

Friend for All Times

 What’s in a friendship?

A lot.

True friendships have deep roots!

Fair-weather friends are those friends who are there for you in a superficial sort of way. Sunshine attracts their presence, but sadly the rain repels them. As long as the ride is smooth and the waters are calm and flowing, they are readily available. However, at the first sign of turbulence and distress, they become terribly busy and mostly unavailable. Continue reading

Sacred Solitude

Blog - SolitudeSolitude can be an unrelenting place of loneliness for a great number of people. For some, it has no purpose; for others, purpose may not be discovered without it.

Its enormous value is often grossly underrated and sadly unappreciated. Its hidden worth is often overshadowed by society’s subtle assumption that solitude must surely be accompanied by loneliness and abandonment. On the contrary, solitude can be rewarding–even refreshing.

SOLITUDE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD!  Continue reading

The Synchronized Seed

blog-plant-growing1We are known by what we produce! Jesus made this crystal clear when He emphatically declared, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matt. 7:18,20). In similar manner, James made mention of how impossible it is to produce a substance from which we have no origin. Rhetorically, he asked, “Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?”  (James 3:12). Of course, the answer is irrefutably no! The seed is never disconnected from the fruit it bears, and the fruit will always be in partnership with the seed it carries. Continue reading