Uprooted

Ever felt like this? “God has demolished me on every side, and I am finished. He has uprooted my hope like a fallen tree.” (Job 19:10) What does ‘uproot’ mean? The dictionary gives three primary definitions: 1. To pull out by the roots. 2. To remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment. 3. To destroy or eradicate …

Spring Cleaning…..You?

Ben shared about his family clearing trees and brushes from their yard a few days ago, so the surroundings would look nice and bright this spring.Ashley decluttered her garage over the weekend, enabling the family to park their cars indoors, which is the prime purpose of garages.Jon (not his real name), battling an addiction to porn and sexual deviations, signed …

No Right to Judge

“For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:2 Though Jesus uses this same phrase differently in another passage, here He speaks of us being judged by the standards by which we judge others. He warns us here that we will not “get away …

Dancing Sparrows

This morning, it’s icy, snowy, and cold outside. I am sitting at our kitchen table and looking out into the neighbor’s backyard, admiring a few sparrows dancing in the snow. Our neighbor has stocked her bird feeder with bird seeds, and the sparrows are enjoying themselves. Earlier this week, I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) about the musical …

Being Watched

I dropped off a packet at a friend’s house. It was a normal afternoon, the neighborhood seemed quiet, and as I walked up the driveway, I looked around and saw no one. Completing my mission, I retreated to my car and called my friend to inform him that I had just left the item by his front door. My friend …

Better Option

Is there a better option? What is it? How do I go for it?These questions can be asked in just about every facet of life. Human beings have been created with incredible gifts and talents, and if you look, resources abound to explore those newer possibilities.Then, are you dissatisfied in life because you have settled for less than something better? …

Writing that letter

In 2022, what is one area in your life where you want to improve/grow/ change/do better? Here’s a sure way to get it accomplished: Craft a letter to God, on your computer, way before New Year’s Day. You can begin today, tomorrow, the day after, or next week. Edit it as many times as you want before January 1. Your letter must begin …

The Uncomfort Zone

You might have seen ads on tv for the comfort zone. How about the uncomfort zone? Never heard of the uncomfort zone? Neither have I; just came up with it.The uncomfort zone is where you don’t like to be/go because it is not comfortable there. It is where you feel like the proverbial ‘fish out of water.’ So many lives …

Here’s to Hope

As 2021 grinds towards its end, a foundational question to consider might have to do with hope, for 2022 – hope for a strong economy, hope for unflinching national security, hope for better standards of living, and hope for future generations. Such hopes are very natural for everyone in our country, and around the world. Beyond these aspirations, how about …

Generous People

The 2012 Science of Generosity Initiative defined generosity as “the virtue of giving good things to others freely and abundantly…….What exactly generosity gives can be various things: money, possessions, time, attention, aid, encouragement, emotional availability, and more.” What one possesses does not determine their generosity; there are rich folk and poor people who are generous, just like there are the …