For Those Grieving During the Holidays–Scar Tissue

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NIV “Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” David Richo No one can help a parentContinue reading “For Those Grieving During the Holidays–Scar Tissue”

This Time of Year Remember…

Ease off the Gas! Quit abusing God’s beloved “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and theContinue reading “This Time of Year Remember…”

Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

Sacrifice of Thanksgiving “I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.” Psalm 116:17 NLT “Give thanks in everything, for this is the will of God toward you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:18 Berean Bible “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life isContinue reading “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving”

Relationships are a Skill

“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (Emphasis mine) “Some people come into our life as a blessings. Some people come into our life as lessons.” Mother Theresa We go to college to learn to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher or counselor.Continue reading “Relationships are a Skill”

Mistakes–Everyone Makes Them

“Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, for the Lord is holding his hand” Psalm 37:24 BSB “You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.” – Anne Lamott On my birthday I received a giftContinue reading “Mistakes–Everyone Makes Them”

Laying Down One’s Life

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton And I thank the families of the veterans. I was married to aContinue reading “Laying Down One’s Life”

Comparing Leads to the Green Monster–Envy

“Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.” Galatians 6:5-6 ESV “Don’t compare your weakness to their strength.” – Nitin Namdeo Harmful. For you and the other person. Dismissive. Of you andContinue reading “Comparing Leads to the Green Monster–Envy”

What’s This About?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 NIV (Emphasis mine) “Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no,Continue reading “What’s This About?”

Hard Times and Hard Words

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,    a stronghold in times of trouble.Those who know your name trust in you,    for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:9-10 NIV “My job is to make your life easier right now. This is how I’m going to do it. Does that work?” Many wiseContinue reading “Hard Times and Hard Words”

Defensiveness

“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5 ESV “Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts. The things you’re mostContinue reading “Defensiveness”