Running with God’s Plan for My Life

Running with God’s Plan for My Life

Galatians 5: 7 – You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? (NIV)   I am sitting on the porch this morning trying to soak up all that God is trying to show me through His word. Last year I participated in Phyllis Shirer’s study of Jonah. The memories of this study came back to me this morning when I began thinking about the times in my life when I became frustrated because God interrupted my life. I personally thought everything was going just fine and I had a handle …

Running to His Arms

Running to His Arms

Galatians 2: 2 – I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preached among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders; for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.” (NIV)   One of the greatest joys of being the parent of a child comes at the end of the day when you walk into the rooms and you hear “mommy” or “daddy” and that bundle of endless energy comes running toward you with a smile on their face and arms wide …

Running for a Cause

Running for a Cause

Hebrews 12: 1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (NIV)   Why people want to get out of bed at the crack of dawn and run is a foreign concept to me. I cannot understand why anyone would leave a warm bed just to go out in the rain or cold to run five miles. To go to a good estate sale – well we all have …

Running for the Prize

Running for the Prize

1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 – “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have …

It’s Not Smart to Run from God

It’s Not Smart to Run from God

I love stories. Everything we do, see or experience is forever in our memory. The following story is one of those precious memories. One afternoon, I was spending some quality time with my two oldest grandsons. Chance was 5 and Boston was 2 ½ at the time. We were going to the park to play and as little boys of that age tend to do, they were getting restless during the drive to the park. My attempts to divert their attention were not being successful. I was running out of ideas when I asked if either of them wanted to …

Share Your Joy

Share Your Joy

Christmas is a time of great joy as we celebrate the greatest gift ever given. We see joy in the faces of children of all ages as they marvel at the lights and decorations. We also see the joy on Christmas morning as wishes and dreams are fulfilled. This past Friday evening I saw joy on the faces of several hundreds people who were attending the performance of The Singing Christmas Tree at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. For a few short hours adults and children were taken back into time to meet a modern day Naomi and Ruth and …

To Be Shared

To Be Shared

Today’s writing is what I refer to as a soul searcher. I have been doing a lot of soul searching in the past year and this is one thing that the Lord has revealed to me. Am I Burdened for Others – A few years ago, my oldest son, Scott, came by for a few minutes. When he was leaving he asked if we could pick up the boys after school. I told him I was leading a Beth Moore Bible study for the next 10 weeks. He then looked at me and said something that has bothered me since …

In His Word

In His Word

  Have you ever thought about how a Bible verse becomes popular?  I Have.  Did you know that there are 23,145 verses in the Old Testament and 7,957 verses in the New Testament, making a grand total of 31,102 verses in the entire Bible?  Each is just as important as the next or God would not have included them in His book. Some verses are more popular than others i.e., John [3:16], Philippians [4:13], Genesis 1:1, I John 1:1 are just a few.  On occasion someone will make a t-shirt with a verse printed on the front or on the …

God Has More Grace Waiting for You

God Has More Grace Waiting for You

Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through [Christ] who gives me strength.” Philippians [4:12]-13 (NIV) The art of being content is a very difficult lesson to learn. Very few people are really content for longer than a few hours at a time. By that I mean you will say you are content and have all you need then …

Forgiving Grace

Forgiving Grace

Our God is such a gentleman He opens doors for us all the time and He will even close the doors when the time comes to an end. Sometimes He cautions me before I open the door for myself instead of waiting on Him. Even then He will love me through my journey. There is a special door He wants to open everyday and that is the door to my time with Him. One of my favorite hymns is “In the Garden”. I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses And the voice I …

Comes With Wisdom

Comes With Wisdom

“My son pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are left to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  Proverbs [4:20]-23 The wisdom we receive from our Heavenly Father is to be placed in our hearts where it will be forever.  We may try to ignore it but it will always be there.  The wicked will enter our lives and try to disrupt the way …

Abundant Grace

Abundant Grace

  Okay, I admit it – I am a people observer.  My cousin, Stephen Smith, is a professional photographer and lives in Alaska one day he posted this to his Facebook page and I was immediately drawn to the sign the man is holding.  It is a piece of cardboard with the following written in Magic Marker – “Need 13¢”. I began going through a gauntlet of questions in my mind and kept asking why just 13¢?  The photo was taken in Alaska and that amount of money will not go very far in today’s economy.  Driving around town on …