My Worst Job Ever

I think we have all had one(or maybe more than one) job that would qualify as awful! Right after I graduated high school, I got a new and exciting job at a local store. I was so excited for this new position even though I didn’t know exactly what I’d be doing. I showed up on Monday morning ready to work and boy was I surprised, my new position was in the warehouse sanding, painting and assembling huge industrial shelves. I wasn’t strong enough to sand the shelves much less assemble them. This was a job that I was not […]

Enough

“Is Jesus enough for me?”………….. This is the question that Susan asked us to ask ourselves Tuesday night. I’m not sure about anyone else, but it has been stuck in my mind ever since. I am a definer so I pulled out my trusty iphone (I’m a tangible with a little techy thrown in) so that I could define the word enough. This is the definition: “sufficient to meet a need or satisfy a desire.”  WOW! I still have trouble wrapping my very small cranium around the fact that the God who stilled the sea and placed the stars in the […]

Refuge

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. What is a refuge?  It is defined as a place of shelter, protection or safety.  Some days I feel like I have been under attack from the moment my feet hit the floor in the morning until the moment my head hits the pillow at night.  On these days, I can almost see the fiery darts of the evil one flying at me from every direction; this was one of those days.  By the end of the day I was in desperate need of a place […]

What’s LOVE got to do with it?

What do you really love? Wife? Family? Church? Things? What is love?  Love is a choice a decision you make, not something you may feel. Feelings are fickle and can change quickly without notice. Do you really love? I have to work at this. You are supposed to love everyone. That is a hard choice to make. It is something we need to work on daily. I have to work really hard at this one. What do you think love is?  For me love is a choice I made. For example I love my wife. Is it because she is […]

Four Simple Words

“Faith never knows where it’s being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers How could four simple words impact me so much? They are found in 1 Samuel 14:1 and if you blink, you just might miss them. One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. Because of Jonathan’s initiative and willingness to listen he, with the help of one other man, defeated the Philistines. The […]

Did you ask?

Many times we pray for others. We may pray: Help them find a job. Help them with this medical problem. We occasionally even ask others to pray for us. This seems fairly normal, but do we ever stop and pray for ourselves? This is not to say that we stop praying for others and only pray for ourselves. Just to say that if we have a need, that we can ask GOD to help with that need. There is no need to small or to big. I know this seems like a no brainer but I find myself not even […]

Somewhere Between Delicious & Delilah

I love to look up the definition of words I have read or heard, even when I already have a general idea of what it means. While reading today I came upon the word delight, which I found sandwiched in the dictionary between the words delicious and Delilah. This is how Webster defines the word delight: to give great pleasure, to be highly pleased; rejoice. Armed with this knowledge, I headed to Scripture to see if this would change my interpretation of several familiar verses. My first stop was Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give […]

Forgiveness!

Why should you forgive? I think this is a very important question for everyone. What is forgiveness? Forgiveness means to pardon or end of blame. To forgive someone would be to stop blaming them for something they did to you or that you perceive they have done. Will you forget most likely not, but if you have forgiven them you should forget. To forget would not necessarily mean we do not remember, but that we do not bring it up again. Forgiving someone is more for you than them. Holding a grudge or bitterness can and will eventually destroy you. […]

The Art of Being Still

Some people are known for their laid back personalities-I am NOT one of these people.  I live my life at one speed, mach 7.  I am always on the move, even when I’m at home, because I want to be so efficient that not one moment of my day is wasted.  Proverbs 31:27 (She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness) had become my modus operandi.  This quality makes for a hard worker but is not helpful when trying to learn the art of being still.  I have always wanted to be a […]

Contentment

What is contentment? Happiness with one’s situation in life Contentment (also called complacence) is the neuro-physiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one’s situation, bodymind (cf. John Money), body, and/or mind. contented – satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are; “a contented smile” a form of fulfillment sought by femininity characterized by peace of mind. “Contentment is a reward for depth of character which serves society, avoiding selfishness.” [Psychoanalysis and Civilization] analog: happiness. A state of mind in which one’s desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be (1 Tim. 6:6; 2 Cor. 9:8). […]