For Mine Eyes Have Seen

For mine eyes have seen… We have a daughter that is a glasses girl. It’s a big part of her physical feature and enhances her fun personality.  However, for the last several years, the prescription changes far faster than either the doctors or I can keep track. Time escaped and the prescription changed drastically. While driving home, she talked and talked about viewing details. And when I say details, for the first time, she realized trees had leaves high in the their tops. Sounds ridiculous, right. My daughter had been living her life not viewing the leaves in the tops …

Paul and a Farmer’s Tan

  The summer harvest time is certainly a favorite.  In small farm-like community you will most likely, at some point, drive behind a gentleman moving his equipment from one field to another. Slow and steady, the driver eases to and from an acre of green to the next. It is likely that in your haste to pass the man and his equipment, you’ve not considered nor witnessed the long and hot preparation to hit the highway or side road. You just need to move on; pass; and get on with the drive.  In our family, the guys have always broke, …

Cue The Smile

CUE THE SMILE; WELCOME TO WORSHIP SERVICES. Proper church work is God’s work; and it’s important! And I believe it! But can we just take a moment and be honest! While reading my commentary, please provide a bit of lee- way, this is the blog of a grace guzzling sinner that attends worship service for worship! There is much buzz on media outlets as to church etiquette, how to make visitors feel welcome, how to make new parents feel welcome, how to make new couples feel welcome, and the lists and suggestions go on and on. The writers and sites …

It’s Not About Perfection

It’s not about perfection. It’s about practice. Some of you may know someone who always wants things perfect; someone who likes things in order and gets stressed out if they’re not. Nobody’s perfect, and if you’re a Christian, you know that our perfection is only found in Jesus, and when He takes us home to live with Him one day, our lives will accomplish perfection. Jesus doesn’t expect us to be the ‘perfect’ Christian. He asks that we obey Him and succumb to His will, daily. How do we do this? Practice. To be good at something, anything, it takes …

Victory in Everything

Victory in everything. We all love the thrill of victory. Some say they get a ‘high’ out of watching their team win a game. I love it when I follow a recipe and the results are mouth watering! Everyone loves to win, but how are you winning in life? Do you occasionally have little victories on the job that keep you motivated? Are you looking for opportunities to put a spark in your marriage? Are you consistently seeking to serve others? God wants to give us victory in everything. He wants our life to be successful, our marriages to thrive …

People Don’t Care What You Know

People don’t care what you know until they know you care. I heard the above statement yesterday and it is so true. John 11: 33 – “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” The best thing we can do for people when they are hurting is to listen. Open up your heart and really listen to what they’re saying, or even what they’re not saying. When people are discouraged or troubled, they don’t want advice from us, they just want to tell …

Get Out of ‘Selfie Mode”

  ‘Get out of ‘selfie mode.’ Everywhere you go, you’ll see someone taking a picture of themselves, a selfie. I’ll admit, I’ve done it. But some people take it too far. They take selfies when they’re eating their favorite food, or standing in front of a famous landmark. Does it sound like we’re obsessed with ourselves? Are we solely thinking of ‘me’ all the time? Philippians 2: 3 – “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” The Bible clearly states to not merely look at our own personal interests, but to …

Faith Not Tested

Faith that has not been tested is faith that cannot be trusted. If you’ve been a Christian more than 24 hours, then you can’t deny that your faith has already been tested. Moments after my conversion to Christ, the devil was trying to tell me, “that didn’t work, you’re not saved.” Testing our faith is one way that God determines our authenticity. God knows our heart already, He just wants to bring it out in our character. I’ve had my faith tested many many times over the years. Most of the time I failed the test. But, the wonderful thing …

Pride

Pride can be a dangerous thing. The opposite of being prideful is being humble. Are you too proud to ask for help? Proverbs 16: 5 – “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” I can remember my own kids, more specifically, my daughter, as she was a, let’s just say ‘active’ toddler. As her strong-willed character began to blossom, I became more aware of what I needed to do to enable her character to submit to my will. Often times her stubborn pride won, but over time, she …

Think What is True

Always Express Positive Thoughts Scripture: Philippians 3: 8-9b “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these on these things—practice these things and the God of peace will be with you.” During modern times we are bombarded with tragic news, and scarcely do we hear news that is uplifting and encouraging. Though we are living in times like Jesus said would happen before He returns for His Bride, we need to hear some encouraging words. We hear of false ways to find peace and …