Tagged with encourage

What Will You Do With This Day?

Not too long ago a Facebook friend posted the message “You only get one today, what are you going to do with it?” Each day brings with it a plethora of options: You can start off by sleeping in or getting up early. You can shower first or eat first. You can cook breakfast or … Continue reading

Getting Out of Complacency and Finding Joy

This is a follow-up to the two previous posts on complacency inspired by this week’s In Other Words quote. The first two posts are Complacency Should Not be a Permanet Address and Complacency – The Danger and the Hope. com-pla-cen-cy – a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, … Continue reading

Complacency – The Danger and The Hope

This week’s In Other Words quote struck such a chord in me that it will take at least three posts to say all that I want to say. Because reading shorter posts is more to my liking, I thought it might be to yours as well. For that reason, I started my Complacency series on … Continue reading

Complacency Should Not Be a Permanent Address

com-pla-cen-cy — a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc. (Webster’s @ dictionary.com) Sadly, complacency hits nearly every Christian at some point in his or her walk with Christ. Often it comes without warning and … Continue reading

Church in the Spirit: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

Disillusionment with the church is rampant in society today. From books like unChristian and They Like Jesus but Not the Church, voices resonant with disenchantment with the church, crying that the church no longer meets their needs. While there is some truth to the perceptions set forth in these writings and uttered by individuals across … Continue reading

Laugh Together – Revisited

Joanne Woodward, actress and wife of Paul Newman, is quoted as saying Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat How do you and your spouse fare in the “laughter” category? Laughter, you say! We … Continue reading

But All I Really Want Is

When I was a junior in college I took racquetball for a PE credit. All I wanted for Christmas that year was a racquetball racket. Nothing else. Just a racquetball racket. What I got for Christmas was everything but a racquetball racket, or so I thought. When each gift was opened, instead of being grateful … Continue reading

Book Review: Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado

Giants. We all have them, we just call them by different names: despair, grief, divorce, disease, strongholds, family issues, bosses with unrealistic expectations. You name it. The verse that I’ve thought of over and over again since reading Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado is I Samuel 17:48 (NLT) As Goliath moved closer to attack, … Continue reading

You’ve Got to Stick the Landing

My husband and I aren’t huge winter Olympics fans, but we do watch ski jumping and snowboarding. While there are many lessons we can learn from the Olympians and their sports, one thing I’ve learned from ski jumping and snowboarding is, you’ve got to stick the landing. It doesn’t matter how long you fly through … Continue reading

It’s Sunday, and I Look Great on the Outside

So with a painted grin, I play the part again, So everyone will see me the way that I see them… Are we happy plastic people, under shiny plastic steeples, with walls around our weakness and smiles to hide our pain, but if the invitation’s open, to every heart that has been broken, maybe then … Continue reading