Christian Living · encouragement · Thankfulness

Elevating Eight Update!

Good morning, y'all! Our family is gearing up for Christmas and this one is shaping up to be so delightful. My six-year old son has been using his money to buy presents for all his favorite people. He even wrote a "Penguin Book" to mail to his Mima. My daughter wrote in nearly all the… Continue reading Elevating Eight Update!

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Christian Living · encouragement · Thankfulness

You will never look at your laundry the same

I beamed with satisfaction as I folded the last pair of socks. Feeling a renewed sense of vigor, I decided to get a head start on tomorrow’s laundry. I turned to my daughter, who was sitting in the chair reading, and asked, “Would you mind grabbing the clothes from your hamper, as well as your… Continue reading You will never look at your laundry the same

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Renew Your Mind With the Elevating 8

In the classic children’s game of Chutes and Ladders, the object of the game is to be the first player to reach the finish line. Each player rolls the die to move forward, hoping to avoid the chutes—which slide your game piece downward—or land on ladders—which bring your piece nearer to the finish line. Controlling… Continue reading Renew Your Mind With the Elevating 8

Christian Living · encouragement · God's Love

When the Storms of Your Life Will Not Let Up

In West Texas, we get our fair share of storms. It may rain buckets for an hour and flood the streets, or drop baseball-sized hail, destroying life and property. Other times the wind kicks up dust, eliminating visibility and running off with roof tiles. Typically, these storms visit us for a brief period—ranging from one… Continue reading When the Storms of Your Life Will Not Let Up

Knowing God

My best thought for Thanksgiving, and always.

Today, many of us will be gathering with family or friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. To be candid, I approach the holidays like a soldier living in a war zone---I just want to survive. The pressure to meet expectations, make people happy, shop frugally, cook perfect meals (or sides), make… Continue reading My best thought for Thanksgiving, and always.

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What I learned when I stopped complaining for 24+ hours

Two weeks ago, our family traveled from Texas to Nevada so my spouse could go rock-crawling in our jeep. Having just written and brainstormed about curbing complaining, I was determined to implement it on the trip. I learned plenty of good lessons that I hope will help you as you work on kicking this habit.… Continue reading What I learned when I stopped complaining for 24+ hours

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Am I Teaching My Children to Complain?

We can talk about our blessings all we want. We can make well-designed memes on giving thanks. We can give Texas-sized tributes to God’s gifts, but If we do not end the complaining, we negate the benefits of “thanksgiving.” Worse still, our children mimic the behavior, perpetuating the attitude of ingratitude. Before I correct the grumblings of my children, I should start by curbing my own. If I want my children to live like Christ, I need to model Christ-like behavior.

Christian community · Trust

For Those Questioning the Effectiveness of Prayer after the Sutherland Springs Shooting

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, there’s been plenty of blame and finger-pointing. There’s also been something else: People mocking those praying for the situation. This derisive attitude toward prayer is nothing new, but it may stir up doubts as to the effectiveness of prayer or the power of… Continue reading For Those Questioning the Effectiveness of Prayer after the Sutherland Springs Shooting

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How to Stop the Complaining Contagion

Complaining is like a virus; if one person starts complaining, the negative sentiments spread like wildfire.  Sometimes it’s called grumbling, muttering, or discontent. Whatever we call it, these grumblings have a way of seeping into the very fabric of our personality. Instead of being the joyful lights God intended us to be, our mutterings make us just as gray and gloomy as the rest of the world.

encouragement · Fear

When We Try to Do it All

The drive to be seen and admired is an ageless problem. Ambition and prominence have been the unquenchable desire of men since time began. In our modern selfie culture we post the best parts of ourselves so others will perceive that we successfully "juggle it all" while inserting just enough self-deprecation to be "real." Inevitably, the time comes to all when we start dropping one of the many balls in our juggling act.