The Narrow or Broad Road

Have you ever driven a car on a country road, with all the twists and turns around every bend? There are speed limits posted for your safety, because if you were to try and drive that same road at a high speed, the results could be catastrophic. The Bible tells us there are two roads we can travel. The wide or sometimes called broad road, is heavily traveled and crowded. The narrow road, where few travel, leads to eternal life. The wide road represents the people who are going their own way, making their own plans; living destructive lives. The …

Bow and Arrow

In my late 30’s and 40’s, I was introduced to hunting. I tried various types of guns, but my weapon of choice was a compound bow and arrow. Although a little more challenging, it was fun to practice, trying to hit the bull’s eye. With a bow and arrow, you have to be patient, but purposeful, direct and confident. I’ve given up hunting, and to tell you the truth, the only way I could kill an animal is if I was hungry and needed to eat to survive. I relate the bow and arrow to my Christian walk. In order to …

Together is Better

I’ve talked about teams before; being connected to people, having the same interests, the same goals. Our current environment has forced us all to alter our lives to a new normal. We have been asked to stay home to prevent the spread of this virus. To some, staying home, getting back to our family, is a wonderful thing. A time to reflect and continue our continuity within our family unit. It’s always been God’s desire for us to be together. In the Bible, it tells us that we need each other. Together is better, but unfortunately there are broken families, lives …

Missed Blessings

I spent most of my early adult years trying to do life on my own terms. Looking back, I see so many lost blessings; so many gifts from God that I rejected. Oh, I did thank God occasionally for an answered prayer or an unanticipated favor. At best, I had temporal faith. As long as I was getting what I thought I should have, I was grateful. But this is no way to live life. I was trying to be my own god. Not even trying to understand what God was doing, I missed out on blessings He had for me. Until the day I …

Are You Running From What is Right

  If you’re a Christian, you probably know about the story of Jonah in the Bible. You know, the guy who gets swallowed up by a large fish? Well, you also know that this was no coincidence that this happened. God was trying to get Jonah’s attention. You think He did what He was set out to do? I think so. You see, Jonah knew what was right. He knew where God told him to go, but he ran from it, and you see the trouble he got in by not listening to God. This happens to a lot of …

We Can Trust Him When We Are Scared

As I stepped out on my favorite dock, I noticed that the water was higher than usual.  I felt uneasy as I walked to the edge because I’d never been on it with that deep of water before.  I knew that if the water rose up much higher, the dock could easily be emerged and flooded. Do you ever feel like that in life sometimes?  I sure do, especially right now. I don’t know why we’re called to the deep waters sometimes and I don’t know why there are scary and unpredictable storms in life.  This reminds me of Peter …

We Can Trust Him When We Step Out in Faith

    The other morning I felt the urge to go on a walk outside, but I took one look outside and decided that was a bad idea.  In fact, I had reasonable justification not to go. 1. It was foggy, I wouldn’t be able to see. 2. It was cold, I hate the cold.  3. I didn’t get very much sleep last night, I’m tired. However, the feeling was so strong that I decided to get on my winter workout clothes and go.  I got my music ready, mustered up the courage, took one step outside, and turned around …

We Can Trust Him When We Break

  Have you broken anything?  I think we break a dish almost every week in our house.    Cars break down, dishes break, toys break, trees break… everything breaks.   I often wonder if there is a point to things breaking? I don’t always know why things have to break but I do know that God can use broken things and in fact, sometimes breaking is essential.   Grapes have to be broken to make wine. Olives have to be crushed to make oil. Tomatoes have to be crushed to make spaghetti sauce. You get the point, but did you …

We Can Trust Him On Our Journey

I’ll never forget climbing the steep, rocky mountain sides of Petra… on a mule!! If you’re unfamiliar, Petra is an ancient city in Jordan that dates back to 300BC.  It is one of the world wonders as it used to be a thriving civilization. Everything there is carved in rocks that are about 600 ft tall. Houses, temples, amphitheatres are all carved into rocks.  Perhaps the most recognizable site in Petra is The Treasury. Most of you have probably seen this in the movie “Indiana Jones”. The treasury is 130 ft tall and the rocks surrounding The Treasury are about …

We Can Trust Him When We are Anxious

Have any of you lost your kids?  I’ve lost one of my kids once. It was actually at an Easter Egg hunt.  It was at one of those events where eggs are scattered in a huge field and 200 kids are lined up ready to grab all the candy filled eggs they can.  I’ll never forget this hunt. As they counted down and the whistle blew, there was a sudden mass of kids. Before I knew it, I couldn’t find my daughter.   Kids were everywhere, and all of a sudden everything was a blur. Everyone was moving so fast …

We Can Trust Him With Our Scars

On a walk the other day, I found a leaf with a hole in the middle of it.  I held it up to the sun and the sun shined perfectly through it. It reminded me of the scars we all have.  It was a great illustration of how wounds and scars tell our story and how telling our story is part of our story.  The message from that leaf didn’t stop there. I carried it with me for the rest of the walk and eventually ended up at a pond.  I felt I needed to release it into the peaceful …