Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013
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Clear shot at an eight-point buck, missed.
Perfect moment for a first kiss, interrupted.
Business plan, rejected.
Cleaned the house, not good enough.
Sincere proposal, denied.
Studied hard, failed.
Doctor’s report, bad news.
Ran your best race, lost.
Life is filled with disappointments.
Life is filled with happiness-crushing hassles.
But that’s not the end of the story.
Despite our circumstances and doubts Happiness IS possible … for all of us.
Sometimes, the pursuit of happiness involves a change of mind, a new perspective, a reversal of direction. Sometimes it’s a mind-altering mysteries like, “great pain can become great possibilities and you can “pray your pain out.”
Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013
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We’re all looking for happiness, and despite our doubts Happiness IS possible … for all of us.
Sometimes, the pursuit of happiness involves a change of mind, a new perspective, a reversal of direction. Sometimes it’s a mind-altering mystery like, “Great pain can become great possibilities.”
Pray Your Pain Out
There are many reasons I have chosen to follow Jesus Christ, but one of the nearest and dearest reasons is that despite my sins, shortcomings, and slanderous rants God has not blown me up with a bolt of lightning. Not that God ever threatened to do so, but you know sometimes I just think I deserved it.
Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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We’re all looking for happiness. Fortunately, as I explained Monday, Happiness IS possible for all of us.
Sometimes, we discussed yesterday, the pursuit of happiness involves a change of mind, a new perspective, a reversal of direction.
The life of a man named Joseph was certainly challenging. He was someone whose life, heart and soul was challenged at every turn.
Great Pain Can Become Great Possibilities
Joseph, the eleventh of twelve brothers, was disliked by his older brothers. He lacked tact. He lacked humility. Despite his flaws, as God has done many times, God uses the unlikely to do the extraordinary.
Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2013
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As you begin reading today, give Evanescence’s song “What You Want” a listen.
I asked some friends at TreeHouse, “What line stands out? Why that one?”
My friends Erin, Gabe, and Kelly liked:
Do what you, what you want
If you have a dream for better
Erin and Gabe agreed, “I like doing what I want.” Kelly added, “If you want to do something, don’t let people hold you back from doing something good.”
Stand and face the unknown (got to remember who you really are)
Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013
A few years ago my wife introduced me to Sarah Young’s writing. In 2004 Thomas Nelson published Jesus Calling.
Jesus Calling is a book of daily inspiration written from the perspective of Jesus Christ speaking to the reader. My wife likes it so much she has given away several copies.
Eventually her enthusiasm led me to download a copy.
I’m not a daily Jesus Calling reader, but I’m almost never disappointed when I take the time to read Sarah’s writing. Today in particular her words challenged me and my sense of humor.
Watch Your Words Diligently
Posted on Monday, April 29, 2013
in Education, Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Music, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
The other night my wife, my daughter and I watched the movie “The Help.” As the movie ended the tears continued. My heart was breaking for men, women and children entrenched in overt and covert human trafficking.
I remembered why I pray: Because I am desperate for a power greater than my own to do that which I cannot.
Josh Groban’s song The Prayer is one such prayer. He begins: 1
I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
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Human Trafficking and The Prayer by Josh Groban
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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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“Grace is God walking into your world with a sparkle in his eye and an offer that’s hard to resist. ‘Sit still for a bit. I can do wonders with this mess of yours.’ ” 1
Life and the challenges we face can leave us perplexed. This “mess” can bring distress. Rather than rush into action, or sit in sullen solitude God calls us to pray.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 2
Years ago some friends and I rented snowshoes and drove into A-Basin (Arapahoe Basin) in Colorado. When we arrived we strapped on our snowshoes.
Though we were all about the same size with the same size snowshoe, no one seemed to have any trouble, except me. For some reason I kept dropping through the snow-pack. I kept getting stuck.
The worst was when I had one leg plunged deep into the snow all the way to my groin and the other flat on the surface. While trying to extricate my left leg my right leg plunged through the snow nearly reaching the depth of the other. I howled something impolite as I realized that I was now going to dig myself out of the snow while wearing my snowshoes.
Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013
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Yesterday my friend and pastor Steve Wiens recommended three prayers for Holy Week this year:
1. God, reveal where I’m enslaved and set me free.
2. God, reveal where I’m wandering, and help me remember my covenant.
3. God, reveal where I’m hidden and help me to see.
While thinking about the value of praying these prayers these quotes from Tilden H. Edwards came to mind:
Some of us are more naturally night people or morning people. Our situations further influence what time is best to set aside.
Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013
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Back to the door
Laptop on the table
Earphones in my ears
If I sit in this coffee shop for more than an hour I’ll watch people come and go.
– Maybe I’ll smile at them
– Maybe I’ll nod a hello
Usually we’re silent strangers.
A couple of minutes ago two guys sat at the table behind me.
I knew that they were there three feet away.
I barely even looked their way.
It’s an interesting bubble of space: being close to strangers.
My music stopped
I heard my neighbors talking
They’re planning the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast