True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare. G.K. Chesterton Contentment is not inherited, it is learned. Most people discover—at a very young age—that they cannot have everything they want, but… Continue reading Learning Contentment: Scripture Writing Plan May 2022
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."1 Peter 2.9 When you hear the word holy, what comes to mind? Unfortunately, I think many people tend to envision a prideful, self-righteous mindset that disdains… Continue reading Holiness Exalts the Lord: Scripture Writing Plan April 2022
If I have a cup full of coffee, but need water, would it be easier to… a) dump out the cup of coffee and fill it with water? OR b) pour water into the coffee until there’s a higher concentration of water than coffee? As someone who loves coffee, I’m not a fan of watered-down… Continue reading Filled With Christ: Scripture Writing Plan February 2022
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil."Ephesians 5.14-15 In 2019, our family spent a lovely week exploring Arches National Park. We decided to visit the famous "Delicate Arch" (ubiquitously seen on most Utah license plates). While the hike was not… Continue reading Walking in Wisdom: January 2022 Scripture Writing Plan
The end of another year is swiftly approaching. Articles and social media feeds will soon overflow with the intentions/resolutions/words for the New Year. It leaves me wondering how many people are continuing to carry out those plans they initiated this past January? Do they make a strong finish or do they even remember what they… Continue reading Finishing Strong: December 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
We've been deluged with quite a bit of rain in West Texas. In fact, we've had so much rain that apparently we are no longer in a drought. After we bought our house and property, we had several brutal thunderstorms (about 4 of which included flash flooding). We now have a view of a lake… Continue reading Living Waters: Scripture Writing Plan August 2021
As we've navigated this pandemic (along with the corresponding quarantine, economic nosedive, and educational scramble), there have been boatloads of information and misinformation served with steaming sides of anger, self-righteousness, and superiority.
Before you speak, hit send, type a message, share a post, or assume the worst about anybody, listen to the words of James: Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger..."
What do you do when you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do? I’ve been there a few times. I’ve had moments during this current lockdown where I have felt depressed because I feel alternately frustrated and helpless. 6 million people have been put out of work. Investment portfolios have been ravaged. People are… Continue reading What to do when you don’t know what to do
Hail violently pelted my car. Knuckles white and body tensed, I gripped the steering wheel, gently apply pressure to the gas. I expected a window to bust out at any moment. I couldn’t find any place to safely shelter. Cars sat stubbornly beneath the overpasses, leaving anyone stuck behind them with nowhere to go. My… Continue reading Riding out the Storm
During election years, I often wish I could drown out the endless political noise. The mudslinging, the anger, the debates barely worth watching—it’s all a bit maddening. Then, of course, one has to make a decision as to which candidate is best (although, more often than not, it feels like voting for "the lesser of… Continue reading Shining Your Light During An Election Year