Birth Marks and the “Heart Parts”

My family and I have conversations about strange things. I’ve always enjoyed listening to my kids and how their minds work in comparison of my own. During a recent road trip, the topic of the moment was birth marks. I named each and the location. The kids were a bit “weirded out” for lack of a better vocabulary and to quote the teen gibberish of the time. I was immediately hit with stinging darts as to how I can remember the shapes and locations of such as birth marks but often can’t recall the correct sibling’s name or who likes …

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 …

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 …

A Carrier of Glory

Nothing like spending time in the dentist’s office. It was also time to update all my information, so paperwork was handed to me and as I filled it out It thought about all the diseases that I could have – it is quite the list on the paperwork. Thankfully I am not a carrier of all those things. I was blessed that the dentist even called me last night to check on how I was doing. Thankfully, again, I can say I am doing great. Oh beloved, aren’t’ we blessed that our lives are not just a list of things …

Believers Are To Be Pure and Lovely

   “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippine 4: 8-9 I am aware the writer of this scripture said we are to think on these qualities, but I believe they are qualities that every believer should endeavor to cultivate in his or her life. These are a few of the many scriptures which instruct us …

Believers Are To Think and Live Commendable Lives

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4: 8-9 Some parents don’t set worthy examples for their children to follow and expect them not to live as they do but as told to live. That is not a commendable way for parents to raise children. It isn’t always true, but most children imitate the lifestyle to …

Think On Things Worthy of Praise

Phillipians 4: 8-9 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” Paul ended this admonishment by saying if anything worthy of praise, to think about these things. Many believers are prone to look for weaknesses and sins of their sisters and brothers and dwell on them. Have you ever seen any person about whom it was possible …

Unpack Those Boxes

It’s hard to believe but we have some boxes in the shop that are still packed up from when we moved into this house nearly 20 years ago. Some boxes are trinkets and treasures still held dear, but no place to put them. Others are boxes with who knows what inside them. I need to open all the boxes and see what I can find. If I never get around to it I’ll never get to use a single thing in those boxes. Oh beloved, did you know that God has boxes of treasures just waiting for you to open? …