Remembering Dad

Father’s Day is a good day for memories.  Many of my memories with dad were made on the water, fishing. Daddy and Mama loved to fish.  There was no better pastime for them than a captured day or afternoon with a bait in the water.  Time spent fishing was expected to supplement the food supply,…

Status Quo or No?

Abraham left his home. David left his sheep. Ruth left her homeland. Esther left her life for the life of the palace. Matthew left his livelihood. Peter and Andrew, James and John left their nets. The wisemen left their country. Paul left his position. Example after example in the Bible indicate that God’s call causes…

Miss Lucy Showed Up

Eight o’clock this morning found us sitting at a Waffle House waiting on our standard order of two eggs over medium, grits, and toast.  As the food was being prepared, I looked around at all the pictures on the walls.  One caught my eye. Miss Lucy (holding a childing wearing a Waffle House hat) –…

Four Antidotes to Stress

Stress.  I hear this word everywhere I go from everyone I talk with.  I experience it in the day-to-day happenings of my life, and I deal with it in the lives of those I love.  A few years ago, I determined a working definition of stress that works for me.  See what you think: S…

Eight Lessons For Life from John 21

The excitement was over.  The disciples had lived through the horror of the arrest and trial, witnessed the agony of the cross, and experienced the resurrection at the tomb and through their own interactions with the resurrected Christ. Now what?  They didn’t see Him everyday like before. They probably felt like they were living in limbo…

Stand Still

So many times in childhood, my mother instructed me to ‘be still’! “Be still and listen.” “Be still and try this on.” “Be still and eat your food.” “Be still – quit squirming.” She usually needed me to be still to allow her to accomplish a task or meet an expectation, but the instruction was…

Four Hidden Dangers of Competence

Competence – a trait highly valued by man. We want someone who can do the job right, someone who will ‘get it done’.  Competence entails more than just talent; it is the coming together of talent and work ethic and understanding of the task.  We take pride in competence. There is nothing wrong with competence,…

Enough

Sufficient grace though my strength may be faltering;Sufficient love though my heart struggles still;When this hard world seems more than I can handle,My soul will rest content to trust His will. How many days I struggled in the darkness;How many nights I longed to see His light;My heart torn, scarred, and battered by the battle;My…