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Gratitude: The gift that keeps on Giving!

Gratitude seems to be a boundary marker for our lives. An attitude of gratitude seems to color everything in our world. Kindness, grace, peace, and a sense of calm are just a few of the attributes that are evident in the lives of people who exercise gratitude. The...

The Danger of Self-Pity

Let’s face it, we have all fallen victim to feeling sorry for ourselves. There is an interesting quote by John Gardiner “Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates...

One Day At A Time

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV) We have been wondering for over one year what is going to happen next? How is this pandemic going to end? How will it...

The Power of Encouragement

Criticism and complaint seem to be the order of the day. It is easy for us to get into the habit of complaining, finding fault, and being generally disagreeable. One thing is sure you and I have a choice. It is just as easy to be an encourager as it to be a...
A Distant Country

A Distant Country

Recently while rereading the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, I was struck by the statement from Jesus that the prodigal left home for a “distant country.” Now, depending upon what translation you are reading, it can also be translated as a “far...
Bookend your Days!

Bookend your Days!

Routines are a part of all of our lives. At one time, someone had to remind you to brush your teeth and comb your hair. These were not things you were born doing. You had to learn how and then had to incorporate the practice into your everyday life. Little to any...
Remember:  Don’t Forget!

Remember: Don’t Forget!

As I was reading the Bible this morning, I came again to the book of Judges. Early in the book, we are told that Joshua has died. It is always difficult for folks to lose a leader. For so long, they have followed Joshua’s leadership that they could hardly...
I Don’t Know What To Do

I Don’t Know What To Do

Today is a time that few, if any, of us have ever experienced. Even the bravest find they are moving confidently forward, all the while knowing they do not know where they are going exactly! It is time to take a deep breath and be candid and confess: “I am not...
How to Handle Temptation

How to Handle Temptation

Temptation is seemingly everywhere. You cannot let down your guard; it will strike at the least opportune times. If you think you are immune, you must remember Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Before Jesus...