Category Archives : Personal

3 Patterns Not to Follow

“You’re being unnecessassy.” I heard these words come from our 5 year old just the other day.  You might be thinking, “Where did she come up with a word like that?” Well, you see, some of our family friends had come to visit.  Their two teenage daughters would say that phrase to one another when […]

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When We Delight in Him

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 Psalm 37:4 has been one of my favorite verses for over 15 years.  I don’t remember the circumstances surrounding my life at the time that it stood out to me, but it is one that often comes […]

4 Things to Teach Children About Forgiveness

Leslie and Kate had been great friends throughout childhood.  They enjoyed playing soccer together and shared many of the same friends.  One afternoon Leslie heard that Kate had been spreading rumors about how she wanted to date one of their friends.  Leslie was angry that Kate had betrayed her.  Leslie wasn’t sure what to do, […]

4 Things to Teach Children about Forgiveness

Ironies of Life

Isn’t It Ironic?

Have you ever seen a tow truck towing another tow truck or perhaps a regular truck pulling a tow truck? I saw a regular truck pulling a tow truck just the other day and it reminded me of a few different things. First there was the reminder of the irony in life. Life is not […]

2 Steps to Easier Bible Navigation

How often do you find yourself fumbling through your Bible trying to find the reference for the Sunday sermon? Or maybe you were looking up several passages for a Bible study. Even if you have the helpful “index” tabs on the pages, it can take time to find the passage, and you don’t always have […]

When you’re running in circles…

Has there ever been a season in your life where you felt you were running in circles? Or…maybe you are just so busy that you haven’t been able to come up for air?   That’s been the case for us the last few weeks. Jaymi has been busy with events for the students in our […]

Fruits of Maturity

When was the last time you heard a sermon on the fruit of the Spirit?  How was the subject approached?  Have you ever considered that the fruit of the Spirit are the fruit of maturity? I was challenged to consider my view of the work of the Holy Spirit and the fruit that is produced […]

Our Accountability to God 1

His truth never changes. The one thing you can count on in this world is God.  You cannot put your faith and hope in your church, children, or even your spouse.  Christ is our solid rock in whom our faith and hope should be found.  One day there will be judgment, and you will give […]

The Consequences of Obedience

Part 3 of 3 “Obey God, and leave all the consequences to Him.”  Charles Stanley spoke these words to the congregation who had gathered in November 2012 during the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.  Little did I realize how they would impact me.   The truth is no one wants to deal with the consequences […]

The Cost of Obedience 1

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”  Luke 14:28 (ESV) In Part 1 of this series on obedience, we discussed how God desires obedience from all those who follow Him.  Obedience is not easy.  It requires a […]