But there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Although its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump begins to die in the soil, at the scent of water it will flourish and put forth shoots like a … Continue reading Hope Alive
Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times—speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Ephesians 4:15 TLB Recently, I received a comment on an older post, Guard Your Mouth R-Rated Version. Below is a portion … Continue reading Speak Up
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. (Proverbs 3:1-12 NIV) Have you ever had a hard time rejoicing with those who rejoice? Felt disheartened when you heard someone else receive a compliment? Suffered dejection … Continue reading Resented Rebukes
Yours is the mighty power and glory and victory and majesty. Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. 1 Chronicles 29:11 TLB Recently, I went out on a limb and revealed something personal on Facebook. Don’t worry. It … Continue reading OUT OF CONTROL
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8 A loud cry came from downstairs, “Mommmmmm!”. My heart nearly stopped but my body took flight as I raced down two stairs at a time and into the living room from where the scream had come. Expecting to … Continue reading Indecent Exposure
If I did not love others, I would be nothing more than a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 CEV Recently I reached a milestone in my life. I have now lived half a century! And, at absolutely no cost to you–’cause that’s just the kind of person I am–I’m going to let you in … Continue reading Clanging Cymbals
Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. Romans 6:13 NIV If you have spent even just five minutes with … Continue reading The Prayer From Assisi?
I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. Jeremiah 31:3 NLT During our workout this morning, my friend told me her teen wanted to see the new movie remake, Endless Love. I’ve not seen the movie so I will reserve judgment. However, if it … Continue reading The Real “Endless Love”!
Love keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV I think it has already long been established that I am “just not right in the head”. But just in case you need more proof—There we were discussing our Bible study questions when suddenly, I began to hear in my head The King of Calypso, Harry Belafonte, singing … Continue reading The Tallyman
For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself. Hebrews 13:8 MSG Our youngest daughter is very unique. While many kids try to hide their disobedience or lie about what they have done wrong, she comes to us and asks to be punished. Just about nine times out of ten, no punishment is necessary … Continue reading Unfailingly Unchanging