Joy of Serving

Recently at a family gathering, I found I would be almost done with one task when someone would holler at me, “hey, it’s time for you to do the one thing!” Then I’d nearly be done with that when someone else would holler at me, “oh, it’s time for the other thing-You’re in charge of…

If not for God…

“Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” -1 Corinthians 6:11 NLT Paul describes in this chapter of 1 Corinthians, about the wide variety of…

Heavenly Reward

I was reading the Sermon on the Mount today (Matthew 5-7) and kept thinking about how counter-cultural everything was that Jesus said! He spoke in such a way like he was not bound by the world’s ways. It’s crazy! Then all the sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks. The way this man…

Releasing it to God

She recalled after losing her full term baby how she struggled with the fear that God would take one of her other children too. Wanting to hold them especially close and protected, she had to daily trust them with the Lord. It seems Jacob in the Bible had a similar fear. Genesis 42:36 NASB “Their…

God Owns it All

Psalm 50:10 “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.” Our church recently did a series on how God owns everything. While that sermon series was mainly financial, I have been thinking about the concept in more broad terms too. Think about the concept of God owning not only all…

Family Relations

Since getting married, it has become common for extended family to stay with us over holidays or for a week here or there. It’s also become just as common for us to go stay with family. At first this might have seemed a bit strange, but it has become “the norm.” In fact, it has…

Wisdom is Better

  Sometimes I’ll pass a big house and be super overwhelmed and impressed at either it’s size, fanciness, or some other aspect. Occasionally though, I’ll see a house so massive that it makes even big houses seem small in comparison. Most of the time I see these mansions on earth, I think about our heavenly…

Servant-like

  I once heard Dr. Tony Evans say that you can tell how servant-like you are when you get treated like a servant. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not like being treated like a servant! I’m one of those few people that really enjoyed working in catering. I loved the organization,…

Readiness

  Sometimes I hear people say, “I’m SO not ready for kids.” Or they’ll say, “if you wait to have kids until you’re ready, you’ll never have them.” Whatever the version of that, it always has to do with our readiness. But that’s completely the wrong focus. People worry about getting to the place where…