Motives

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3 NIV “No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.”― Carrie Fisher, Wishful DrinkingContinue reading “Motives”

Praise

“And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.” Luke 4:15 NASB “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.” Charles Dickens It’s just as important to receive as to give. We know that it is more blessed to give than receive. Yes. WhenContinue reading “Praise”

Authority

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, free of hypocrisy.” James 3:17 NASB “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.” Mark Twain Authority. That word sends chills up my spine, a knot in my stomach, fear and a closedContinue reading “Authority”

Presents and Presence

Living One Day at a Time “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matthew 6:34 NIV “One day at a time sweet JesusThat’s all I’m asking from you.Just give me the strengthTo do everyday what I have to do.Yesterday’s gone sweet JesusAndContinue reading “Presents and Presence”

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 the power for ever andContinue reading “Ease off the Gas!”

Who You Gonna Call?

Real Friendship “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NASB “A real friend walks in when the rest of theContinue reading “Who You Gonna Call?”

Hands Off?

A trust journey. “How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” 1 Corinthians 7:16 “Control and manipulation are not love; the outcome is a life of imprisonment ultimately leading to deep-rooted feelings of resentment.” Ken Poirot I met my husbandContinue reading “Hands Off?”

Put Me In, Coach!

In Honor of our Veterans and Their Families “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love.” Ephesians 1:4 NIV “The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.” Epicurus Sometimes I meditate on Ephesians 1:4 imagining me as aContinue reading “Put Me In, Coach!”

If I Say Yes, What Am I Saying No To?

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Luke 14:28 NIV “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” Josh Billings IfContinue reading “If I Say Yes, What Am I Saying No To?”

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 say in your life is thank you, it will beContinue reading “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving”