holidays

holidays

thanksgiving arrives soon,hurrying her way here.i can already see the colorsand hear the soundsand smell the memoriesof meals and gatheringsand family and time.the choice.choosing to be thankful.to voice the thankfulness,the appreciation,the gratitude. not obligation....
Knowing and Accepting Limitations

Knowing and Accepting Limitations

From Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces. Living with epilepsy has taught me much about limitations. We all have some. Find yours. I need to take my medicine right on time. I need to avoid exhaustion, stress, bright lights, flickering...
Words We Need 

Words We Need 

I recently spoke from 2 Timothy. The letter is honest, encouraging, and hopeful. The author’s words continue his journey of mentoring a younger friend.  The phrases reminded me of why many of us do what we do, and how we need to do what we do.  True purpose....
Refusing to Travel Alone

Refusing to Travel Alone

From Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces  Who are you traveling with in this season’s narrative? Life is a lengthy and bumpy journey. Traveling alone is not safe. It is not wise. It is not necessary. Stories in the Bible might focus...
What is Church?

What is Church?

From Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces  What is church? Not a building or a service or a day or a time. It is a collection of people gathering together to worship God and develop relationships with Him and one another. The...
Early Thanksgiving 

Early Thanksgiving 

From the book Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces. Giving thanks might come easy some days.  Many days—or often it might seem like most days—maintaining a thankful attitude isn’t simple.  But we can make it intentional. It...
Celebrities for Jesus

Celebrities for Jesus

Celebrities for Jesus by Katelyn Beaty  This is not an official book review. I’ve written many of those for various magazines and websites.  This is more a confession. My honest reflections about a book—a book I would give a high grade in quality of work and...
Nothingness

Nothingness

From the book Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces  Our schedules are overloaded with duties. We are carrying too much luggage to board the planes of our relationships, our jobs, our lives. We need to push aside some baggage. We need...
Comments Worth Reading and Receiving

Comments Worth Reading and Receiving

Pastoral listening requires unhurried leisure, even if it’s only for five minutes. Leisure is a quality of spirit, not a quantity of time. Only in that ambiance of leisure do persons know they are listened to with absolute seriousness, treated with dignity and...
A Few Reminders We All Need

A Few Reminders We All Need

We all need healthy reminders. Of truth, of hope, of peace, of assurance, we all need those reminders. At least I do. Here are a few for me, for you, for us. Read them. Slowly. Think about what they mean. Think about what they are saying to you today. I lie down and...