Jul 6, 2012

YOUR SMILE

Your smile could brighten any room It beams across your face And anybody meeting you Would think you've found your place Among the few who have it all Refusing to give way To all the doom and gloom about In Jesus, you must lay. But once you're out of public gaze Your perma grin goes out Fear and bitterness return You're full of pain and doubt Only Christ can set you free From all you have to bear Let them see your human side That you say isn't there.Read more +
Jul 4, 2012

Lucky Number 23

Wide-eyed and kinky-headed, they’re up at 7:50 a.m. anticipating the blessed occasion. Two weeks of arduous labor have led to this moment, and with giggles of expectation they quickly dress, make beds, and brush teeth. Today is the day—allowance day. Having carefully decided what to buy a month in advance, the girls are hyper and relentless in their twin, surround-sound quizzing. “Are you ready yet? Can we go now? When will you be done?” With the fervor of a slug that’s just been doused with salt, I go through my morning routine squeezing the life out every second like it’s...Read more +
Jul 3, 2012

Depression: You Really are in Charge

Depression wants you to feel powerless, hopeless, helpless, adrift. It wants you to sense that you are out of control, that the problems in your life are insurmountable, that you are left to ride out the tumultuous storms alone. “You can’t do it,” it says, “No one understands, no one cares, no one else has these problems. There’s nothing you can do. You’ll never feel better, your life will always be this way, so just quit now—it will be easier. You’re the victim. You have no power. Just go back to bed and stay there.” But remember, Depression lies. It...Read more +
Jul 3, 2012

DRAINED

Now is the time to face the fact What I am has had it's day And as I speak about my past The strength I own all drains away For I am built of imperfection Construction of a self made life Creation marred by infiltration I am full of pain and strife. Now is the time to let Him have me Need His strength to carry on All my building blocks lie shattered Leave a base to build upon I know that my reconstruction Will be perfect, kingdom made Come Lord Jesus, be the artist Your foundations to be laid.Read more +
Jun 30, 2012

NEED

We all need a Lord to follow Helps us with our sense of worth Keeps us from the realms of darkness New creation, brand new birth If we keep our eyes upon us We will draw into ourselves Festering in pools of pity It is dangerous for our health. Set your eyes upon The Saviour He who died to set us free Give Him all your fears and problems He will help your eyes to see A way out of your doorless chasm There is nothing He can't do Has the strength to move a mountain Cling on tight, He'll...Read more +
Jun 29, 2012

Sometimes and Free Books

Sometimes I wonder. Sometimes I wander. Sometimes I screw up. Sometimes I wish I could do it all over. Sometimes you couldn’t pay me enough. Sometimes I make plans. Sometimes they don’t work out. Sometimes I’m full of confidence. Sometimes I’m full of doubt. But God is in the sometimes. He knows just what I need. God allows the sometimes To prove His grace and peace. Be encouraged today. You might be in a sometime right now, but God is waiting with fresh grace and peace for your situation. Give it to Him—He can handle it. Today and tomorrow, Devotions...Read more +
Jun 28, 2012

My Cookies are Bigger than God

I still do it. I don’t want to, but I do—not all the time, but often enough for me to realize it’s still an issue. Everything’s a blur. I don’t think or chew or breathe. I just swallow and hope it falls on my hurt, absorbing the anger and sadness and pain. Sometimes I don’t even realize what I’ve done until a whole sleeve is gone, crammed into the God spot it’s never able to fill. But by then it’s too late. The damage is done, the guilt settles in, and now it’s time for penance. Force it out with...Read more +
Jun 27, 2012

Faith and Money

It is easy to be faithful when times are good. It is easy to have faith when you are not facing any adversity. Heb 11:1 (NIV) says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is put to the test when times are difficult. We begin to doubt God when things around us start to get a little unsettled. Sometimes we put all the faith in ourselves and are not truly relying on God. We should believe in ourselves and have self-confidence all the while understanding and knowing that...Read more +
Jun 27, 2012

On Jesus, Algebra, and Life

I hate algebra. It puts what is measurable into immeasurable terms; it allows that which is defined and structured to be represented theoretically, hypothetically, conceptually. It tolerates what is unconventional and seemingly contradictory. It takes everything you know to be true and turns it ten different ways from Sunday, making you question it all, dig deeper for more answers, and search for parallels between things that would not normally be connected. But actually, algebra is life. More accurately, algebra is life with Jesus. It is abstract and faith-filled and relational. It’s challenging and tricky and interactive. It requires a full...Read more +
Jun 27, 2012

Finding Your Path

Dave Ramsey has often said that “People who live deeply rich lives do so with great intentionality 100% of the time.” He has also often said that “Those who become wealthy in life do so with great intentionality 100% of the time.” When Dave is talking about this kind of stuff he usually says, “Happen to your life. Don’t let your life happen to you.” When we let life happen to us we usually end up saying things like “woe is me” or “how could something like this happen?” Some will even say, “Why would God let something like this...Read more +

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