Jul 30, 2012

A Living Faith

Donnie Smith is the CEO of Tyson Foods. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal , he was asked if his faith influenced his management decisions. He replied: I don't think you can say, "I do all my church stuff on Sunday between nine and noon, and the rest of the time I am either out for myself or running my business." My faith influences how I think, what I do, what I say. There are a lot of great biblical principles that are fundamental to operating a good business. Being fair and telling the truth are biblical principles...Read more +
Jul 26, 2012

Not Abandoned

Isn't this little guy the cutest thing? His name is Juanito and we met him in Colombia. He eagerly greeted us and then accompanied us through the village of La Playita. Most of the homes in the village are simple, made with cement blocks and are able to withstand the cyclic flooding, if they can quickly move their belongings to a higher place. Juanito's home was of the poorest that we had seen, made of wood scraps, tin roof and a dirt floor. His mother Jennifer, standing in the doorway welcomed us in to meet her baby. Inside were two...Read more +
Jul 26, 2012

Tears

Sometimes, the hardest time to write or talk is when your going through an inner conflict of the heart, of the mind, of the spirit. When everything within you cries out no more, no more!! Yet it is through those tears, through that pain that healing is brought forth and yes grown men do cry! There is nothing wrong in letting go of all that is lock within. To release all that is within and cry out to God, ” I am at the end, I have no other hope but you Lord!” Through the tears, though blurry for awhile,...Read more +
Jul 26, 2012

When God Asks Questions

God doesn’t ask us questions because He needs the answer; He asks us questions because we need the answer. He already knows where we are, what we’re doing, how we feel, why we’re running, who our accusers are, who we think He is. He wants us to say it—out loud. He wants us to acknowledge the place we’re in, the people we are, the things we believe, the things we’ve done. And if we respond—if we answer honestly and turn to Him, He does amazing things. The Bible is full of such moments, these God-come-down-to-meet-us, looking-for-the-one-that-got-away times in which He...Read more +
Jul 25, 2012

plain faith

It's just so easy for me to grasp onto something and try to force it. Sometimes things can use plain work and encouragement and hope. I choose instead to focus in on what i want. I can see it happen when it comes to a point that i can drive myself crazy with thoughts that bring me to my knees and everything comes to a screeching halt. It makes me wonder why i cant give in to the process. Why stay stuck holding tightly onto a thought that's not real, and instead allow real things to happen? It seems to...Read more +
Jul 24, 2012

Do You Want to Get Well?

By the sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the sick—blind, lame, and paralyzed—waiting for the moving of the water, because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had. One man was there who had been sick 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He...Read more +
Jul 23, 2012

Grace and the Pall of Fog

Over the past year a pall has loomed over my family, a cloud of uncertainty like a thick fog lingering just overhead but not totally obstructing visibility. Last July I visited my sister, Judy, in the hospital in North Carolina. The occasion for the visit was the fortieth wedding anniversary of Judy and Ray. People from all parts of the country came to celebrate the couple. The day of the party the team of doctors caring for Judy’s stage-four cancer worked to release her from the hospital. They knew how important the event was to her. All the guests gathered...Read more +
Jul 23, 2012

Loser

Congratulations , double exclamation point, smiley face, parenthesis, hugs, parenthesis. I type the fraud through tears. Flooded with drops of not good enough, my eyes leak what the heart overflows. Her success feels like my failure, a cruel reminder of the position I’m not in, the place I’d like to be. Why does he always do that—turn someone else’s joy into a sorrow all my own? I’m genuinely happy for her—she’s worked hard and is so talented—she deserves all this and much more. But within the span of mere seconds he’s crept in, reverting me back to the fourth grader...Read more +
Jul 20, 2012

The Devil Uses Febreeze

We’ve all seen those commercials—the ones where unsuspecting souls are sent into dirty, dingy, disgusting places wearing blindfolds. Squeezing pillows on a nasty sofa, standing in a kitchen with putrefying fish on the counter, or sitting on a crusty bed with grungy sheets, they tell how wonderful the room smells, how the scent makes them feel as though they are at the beach, in a meadow, or wrapped in warm, freshly washed linens. And then the blindfolds are removed. To the surprise of the participants, they aren’t in lovely places—they’re in gross rooms they’d never willingly go into; they’ve been...Read more +
Jul 19, 2012

If I Really Believed

I used to think I really believed, but I’m not so sure anymore. If I really believed, would I keep praying the same prayers over and over? If I really believed, would I keep expecting to fail? If I really believed, would I continue living every day like the one before with no expectation of different, better? If I really believed, would I still be scared? If I really believed, would I keep on searching the classifieds every time the finances get tight? If I really believed, would I tell Him, “I can’t do that”? I say I believe. I...Read more +

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