Inspirational Thoughts

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God’s Predictions to Weather Life’s Storms

God's Predictions to Weather Life's Storms

All week there were predictions of thunderstorms, but we never saw a drop of rain.

I asked Robert if it was supposed to rain Friday. He said they were predicting thunderstorms between 4-6 AM Friday morning, but, otherwise, it was supposed to clear off.

There is a group of folks that get together from our church each month for an outing of some sort. It’s always on a Friday morning and sometimes can last all day. I have some standing… Continue reading

What Does it Mean to Rest in the Lord

What Does it Mean to Rest in the Lord

When I saw this little baby resting in his father’s arms at a church service, this was a visual example (and reminder) of what it means to rest in the Lord.

 

Jesus says in the Bible verse, Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (NRSV)

 

We live in a society where rest is discouraged. Coming from the sales profession the motto is,… Continue reading

A Prayer to Deal With Anger

A Prayer to Deal With Anger

Anger is in the air. It’s in our political climate, religions, the media, and social media. Mean speech, injustice, inequality in pay and opportunities, prejudice in all of its forms, and let’s not forget anger about loss. The loss of relationships, loved ones, health… Yeah, there’s a lot to be angry about!  But you can’t let anger consume you like a wild fire.

It’s Okay to Be Angry

We were created in God’s image. God gets angry too. Just… Continue reading

Show Me You are A Christian Don’t Tell Me

Picture of St. Louis and Missouri the Show Me State

I am from Missouri. They call Missouri the Show Me State. An example of this in action is when our pastor was interviewing for the pastor’s position at our church. There was a committee and everyone on the committee pretty much fell in love with him. But there was a lot to discern. Quite some time had passed after he submitted all of his information and completed all of the needed interviews.

We went out to dinner with his wife… Continue reading

The Definition of Joy and What it Means For Your Joy to Be Complete

Definition of Joy and What it Means for Your Joy to Be Complete

The definition of joy in the dictionary is: The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something good or satisfying. A source of keen pleasure or delight.

Joy…. I struggled with that word. To me it meant being in a euphoric state, brimming with a smile from ear to ear. These moments I found to be rare.

I hate to admit it but I am way more serious than I need to be. I don’t know what caused this… Continue reading

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Has God Become a Four Letter Word?

Four letter words used to be words which one did not say.

I am not a prude, but I am nostalgic.

I miss the days of movie dialogue when the F-bomb was not thrown in every sentence and repeated over and over. Frankly, I’m shocked to hear people on their cell phones using more expletives than conversation.

It’s not a question of freedom of speech for me. It comes down to manners, laziness and effectiveness.

Language Reflects Manners, Laziness and… Continue reading

An Invitation to Turn the Pain of Loneliness Into Peace and Solitude of the Heart

Turn Your Pain of Loneliness Into Solitude

The Beatles stated it well, “Ah, look at all the lonely people.”

As human beings we will all feel lonely. Our world is filled with people, but we feel disconnected instead of connected.

A Disconnected Society

You click the garage door opener, pull your car in, close the door, then enter your house. You are surrounded by other homes, but don’t know any of your neighbors.

You take the subway. No one smiles. In fact, you make it a point… Continue reading

Are You Sitting On the Sidelines Or Stepping Out in Faith?

Are You Sitting On the Side Lines or Stepping Out in Faith?

There is nothing quite like watching your home town sports team win a championship. It can be on a grand scale like the Super Bowl, World Cup or World Series, or your grade school, high school, or college team.

Living in St. Louis, it was so exciting to watch our baseball Cardinals in their 2011 come from behind victory to win the World Series. For weeks the entire city was caught up in the quest. It was exhilarating to cheer… Continue reading

To Trust God Put Your Whole Self In Don’t Take Your Whole Self Out

Trust God - Put Your Whole Self In

The idea for this blog post came from a conversation with someone that’s purchased several Be Still and Let it Go meditation CDs. We were sharing how much we both loved our church homes. She attends a small church and loves her pastor.

One of his sermons was called – You Put Your Whole Self In but Don’t Take Your Whole Self Out. The title made me laugh as I imagined what was coming.

It was based off… Continue reading

God Shows Us Significance In the Insignificant

Cardinal Example of God's Significant Provision

Society conditions us to seek and achieve significant and spectacular goals. Winning a major award, taking a dream vacation, fulfilling a grand bucket list, all translate to significance.

But there are far more insignificant things that happen in our everyday lives. When we are attentive, the insignificant things can take on much greater meaning.

View from a Window

My desk faces our back yard. There is a stone sitting wall under a tree. On a regular basis we have cardinals,… Continue reading

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