I’ve seen phrases like “thankful” or “grateful” or “blessed” on t-shirts, jewelry, hashtags and more. It’s great that people are proclaiming these attitudes, but it takes more than a catch-phrase to have a truly thankful heart. Can I give thanks when my heart is broken? Can I be thankful when my finances are shot to… Continue reading Choosing Thankfulness
It's one of the great ironies of life---while many loving things are hibernating or slowing down, we humans kick up the pace. Everyone I've talked to is moving at break-neck speed. If there aren't school activities, concerts, or sports events, there are heightened needs at work. All the while, the pressure to prepare for the holidays hangs persistently over everything. Where I live, many people started hanging Christmas decorations the day after Halloween. How do we find peace in the Lord when everything around us is moving at a such a rapid pace?
On this day, 18 years ago, I was preparing to go to a chiropractor’s appointment when our phone rang—not the cell phone, but the cordless landline. (Cell phones were still something we only used if we didn't have access to a landline.) My dad called to tell us that someone had blown up the World… Continue reading Have you forgotten?
Teaching the Bible to kids can be a challenge, as is finding books and Bibles suitable for your children's level of learning. The Illustrated NIRV Holy Bible for Kids works to remedy this challenge by creating a more kid friendly format. The recommended age range for children is 4-8 years old. The binding is a… Continue reading Book Review: The Illustrated NIRV Holy Bible for Kids
Within each one of us is a longing to be seen. It is this very longing that makes social media such a powerful medium. Every post offers a glimpse into our daily life. We can share our favorite foods, our cute pets, our cutting complaints, our magical moments. Better still, we get to control how much we reveal, making our lives look "practically perfect in every way"! Yet does anybody---on social media or in our day-to-day---really see us as we are? Do they see our grueling work (or, at times, embarrassing laziness)? Do they see the tears? The frustrations? The joys? The longings?
Deaths of United States Service members: American Revolution: 4,435 The War of 1812: 2,260 The Civil War: 364,511 Union Soldiers and 133,281 Confederates World War I: 116,516 World War II: 405,399 Korean War: 54,246 Vietnam War: 90,220 Desert Storm: 383 Global War in Terror (Since 2001): 6,997 We have lost so many people over the… Continue reading Remembering The Fallen
"Hello, my name is Elihu and I am a control-aholic. It's been 24 hours since my last surge of anxiety and 3 days since I felt the need to control a situation."
For control-aholics, the urge to regulate every piece of our world damages our relationships---particularly our relationship with the Father. Anxiety and anger become our constant companions as we fight to regulate every aspect of our life.
It's time for a change.
Living as a Christian often feels a bit like driving a car for the first time. Why can't it just keep going straight? Why does it want to veer the wrong direction? Why do we frequently lose focus on Christ? Other people make it look so easy!!!
Just like driving, our walk with God requires us to make adjustments. Sometimes we make major turning movements to avoid collisions. Most of the time, however, we simply need to keep our hands on the wheel, making minor adjustments to maintain a straight course. Our eyes look ahead toward the eternal goal while frequently scanning our surroundings for danger.
The Israelites were commanded to set up stones as a memorial after they crossed the miraculously-parted Jordan River. It was intended to be a teaching opportunity for the parents and a remembrance for all of God’s mighty power and fulfillment of promise. Oh, how often we forget—as the Israelites did—God’s kindnesses to us! What has… Continue reading Etch Your Blessings in Stone
Seventeen years ago, nineteen Islamic extremists---funded by the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda---carried out a plot to attack various sites in America using four fully-fueled commercial planes. I still remember turning on the news and watching in horror as smoke billowed from one of towers in New York's skyline. But the carnage had not ended. While we… Continue reading Remembering September 11, 2001