The Gift – Part 1

When my daughter was much younger, she received a birthday card with money in it. I can still remember holding in my laughter at the look of utter disappointment on her face. “This is it?” She asked disdainfully, holding the bill between her fingers. She was crushed because she hadn’t received a toy. To her…

Hurricane Horror

As a child I heard stories of terrible storms; of hurricanes that tore people’s lives apart. And I was fascinated. What would it be like, I wondered, to experience one. As a child however, I was doomed to disappointment. Unfortunately, as an adult I am now the unwilling veteran of two major hurricanes, three years…

Hope Helps

Getting down or discouraged does not require much effort on our part. Not today when we are bombarded with images and stories, both dismal and disturbing. At times we struggle with our faith as a result. But this is when we need to turn to God and His word the most. We’ve been given a…

Balancing Act

Being a Christian, I sometimes feel like a gymnast walking a tightrope or a balance beam. Daily, I need to balance living in this world, but not being of it. Daily, I struggle with giving in to my sinful nature versus adopting the character of Christ. Here’s an example. My Bible Study app recently informed…

Barriers or Boundaries?

There’s a tradition in my house that my daughter is quite fond of. Yet it produces the opposite effect in me. She’s gets to sleep with me whenever her dad travels on business. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy our time together, the long chats and the contagious giggles. But the problem begins once she…

Pruned for a Purpose

I recently bought some grapes and couldn’t wait to eat them. They were dark purple which signaled promises of juicy sweetness. As soon as I could, I tore into the plastic and grabbed a handful. Sticking them under water, I selected one, inspecting it briefly before I popped it in, only to find…a hole? How…

When the Going gets Tough

Some days are harder than others. Some days just seem to require a lot more oomph to get going. But if we give in to that desire to drop everything and stay put, we won’t get anything accomplished. The Christian walk is like that sometimes. Let’s be honest, some days the broad way appears more…

Consistency Counts

There are a couple of persons with whom I have cause to interact from time to time, and each time I am never quite sure of the reception I would receive. They blow hot one day and cold the next. Today a hearty hello, the next I may not even get an acknowledgement of my…

Pearls in a Parking Lot (Pt. 3)

Number 3: Finally, whose perspective do I rely on most? Mine or God’s? From my limited view of the parking lot, I could only see a couple of so-so options. Had I left it to God and asked Him to make a way, I would have had a different result. Similarly, in life I may…

Pearls in a Parking Lot (Pt. 2)

Number 2: Is my lack of patience actually preventing my progress? I had passed the lots directly outside of the building on my way in. At the time they had been filled and so I made the decision to take my chances elsewhere. Had I been patient and waited just a little longer, I would…