Infusion

Blog - Infusion

How do you feel about one serving of your food touching another serving of a different food on your plate? Food cooked separately can become intermingled once it has been set on a plate. This is particularly challenging for some people. When my children were young, there were family members who would eat all their vegetables first, then their starch, and finally their meat. For other members of my household, they didn’t even like for their servings of food to touch one another. For these folks, the mixing of food should occur in the stomach—but not in the mouth. Careful steps were taken to ensure that their distinct food servings did not cross paths. I, on the other hand, like to sample all my food together. To me, the infusion of all the assorted flavors and textures makes the whole meal taste even better.

    For most people, the preferred method of meal consumption is mostly insignificant. The varied scenarios are personal preferences regarding the separation and aggregation of food particles. Whether the foods are intermingled before consumption has no variance on the degree of nutrients digested, which promote physical growth and overall health. But these scenarios do have significant spiritual implications worth exploring. Continue reading

Spent

Blog - SpentSTRIKE ONE, STRIKE TWO, AND THREE AS WE move further down the “to do” list. Our fine-point permanent marker is worn. The only visible notation of the once named Sharpie is the faded letters pie appearing on the marker’s exterior. Whereas the ink, in times past, had been defining and boldly black, it now dispenses as a stubborn, charcoal-gray color with grave uncertainty. It takes multiple overlapping marks to make one effective strike. It’s frustrating, but we are determined to show that we have completed the list. And that means striking a heavy line through every task to prove its fulfillment. Continue reading

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