We count our blessings each year on Thanksgiving, but what would happen if we practiced gratitude each and every day? After all, it doesn’t have to cost any money and takes very little time and effort. The answer might surprise you. Recent studies have found that being thankful throughout the year has many wonderful benefits: [Read More]
Have you ever gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle without having somewhere to go? Unless you’re a parent driving around the neighborhood hoping that the motion of the car will settle down a cranky baby or child so she can fall asleep, none of us gets into a car and just drives around without having a specific place to go. If we recognize we must have a destination when it comes to the mundane task of driving—otherwise its completely mindless and crazy—why do we think we can simply go through the motions of life without being mindful of our final destination? How we live our days is how we live our lives; and how we live our lives is how our life stories are crafted. So why do we think we can lead a meaningful life while ignoring the fact that the choices we make each and every day are creating paths that are either taking us toward or away from that which really matters?
In terms of goals and a clear direction, many of us are going nowhere fast. Ralph Marston aptly said, “If you must choose between speed and direction, going faster will do you no good if the destination is not where you want to end up.” [Read More]
Most of us have heard of it. FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a phenomenon that’s thriving in our culture. A relentless task master, it drives us to constantly check our social media feed because we want to be in the know. Better yet, we just can’t afford to miss out on what’s happening. It sucks our time as we satisfy our seemingly endless curiosities about the status of others—who’s doing what, with whom, and, of course, where. For many, the start of a new day begins with the habitual reach for the mobile device in order to catch what’s happening, or heaven forbid, what was missed while away. Then as though it were a duty, we continually check our news feed throughout the day. The truth of the matter, however, is that many of us have no clue that we’re addicted to this silent thief and invisible drug. [Read More]
Clutter…. I don’t like it. But you’d never know judging from the current upheaval in my bedroom. There’s a mountain of mail on the desk, file folders to be put away, and non-urgent letters and junk mail by the nightstand that need to be sorted through. Oh, did I mention the random assortment of items on the floor that are clumsily out of place? Sad to say the kitchen, guest room, and basement are in a similar state. And a laundry list of things that need to be done in and around the house has not been touched for going on ten months now. [Read More]
You might be praying for a breakthrough.
Begging God to answer your prayer.
Desperate for God to open that door of opportunity for you to walk through.
Yet nothing seems to be happening. You wonder, Has God not heard my prayer? If He has, why won’t He answer? Frustrated, maybe even angry, you conclude that God is absent when you need Him most. But could it be that the reason has nothing to do with your assumption that God has seemingly forgotten you? Might it just be that God’s blessings are eluding you because of you? [Read More]
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14).”
It’s so easy to mindlessly forget that this life is but a passing mist. Even more profound is that everything we do in this brief life matters forever. Are you embracing
This is a powerful song! It beautifully declares the redemptive names of our GOD. My spirit, my mind, my heart, my soul…indeed my inmost being overflows with praise to my Creator and Father, my Savior and Redeemer, my Counselor and ever-present Help… A billion times and for all eternity, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!!!
“The Lord is gracious
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“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).
How often do you think about the music of your life coming to an end? It’s