Blessings

The older I get, the more I am thankful for the little blessings of each day. You know, things like a quiet day at home; feeling the freshness of the air after a storm; enjoying a cup of coffee fixed just the way I like it; a baby’s laugh; hearing from a friend; having a…

Why is Praise a Sacrifice?

Hebrews 13:15 – By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. True praise to God is not simply a reaction to the good in my life.  It is a choice that I make to recognize the Lordship and Sovereignty of God, regardless of the circumstances…

Chewing the Cud

I know what it feels like when a cow chews its cud.  Really! We owned cows for a while.  They would stand and eat grass for hours, but sooner or later we would see them lying in the field, chewing the cud (the partially digested grass that returned from their first stomach, so they could…

Beyond

When Jesus looked at Martha after Lazarus died and said “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”, He was asking her to let go of what she could see and feel. In the face of her life’s greatest sorrow and crisis, He…

Playing with Fire

Proverbs 4 We play with sin like a child plays with matches. We rub against the world, and it feels good. “No harm,” we say. So, we venture a little closer, excusing habits and actions that have the potential to maim and destroy.  “All in good fun,” we say. But we don’t see the ignition…

Out of Whack!

Father, We have everything so out of whack. We turn away from You and chase after things, intent on our own way. We are distracted by the noise and the glitter and the hurry of life. We are fearful of quiet and the hollowness it reveals in our souls, so we encase ourselves in endless…