My Personal New Year’s Thoughts

New Year’s Eve used to be my favorite holiday. Now, it’s my least. That’s because I stopped drinking nearly twenty-nine years ago. When you don’t drink, being around drunks loses its appeal very quickly. If I hadn’t stopped, I doubt I would be alive today, but I am alive and have used my sobriety to…

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An Orderly Life is a Happy Life

Many years ago, after transferring my grocery bags into the trunk of my car I noticed the trash I had left in the cart. Deep down inside of me I heard these words, “Clean up your mess.” I picked up my trash and put it in a bag to dispose of when I got home.…

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This is Our Worldview Our Weltanschauung

When asked, nearly every Christian will readily acknowledge that God has a purpose for his or her life. This belief is a quintessential aspect of being a believer. It is such a deeply held value that it is common for people like us to regularly reevaluate our purpose in life.   By understanding that our…

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Block The Toxic

I don’t know why, at times, I’ve allowed a toxic person to remain in my life, and at the same time thought God would actually bring healthy people into my circle. That’s just not how things work. God does not operate with “mixtures”. It was 2 a.m., and I don’t even remember getting out of…

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Best Day

To all of my friends who are going through a difficult time right now: The old man was sitting under a tree when a child came running up to him.  “Grandpa, grandpa, tell me again about the best day of your life.” Grandpa Shadrach pulled the little child onto his lap and said, “Well, it…

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Promised Land

Friends, today is like the days of Joshua when the Lord spoke to him to be strong and courageous.  There is much going on in the world, but we are over-comers.  Don’t give into the feelings of being overwhelmed.  I know things look bleak and the world seems to be a scary place, but remember,…

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More Than Enough

We are moving, and it has been I daunting task.  The other day Fred was carrying a box into the house, and it slipped right out of his arms, and as it fell to the floor, I heard the glass inside the box shatter into a thousand pieces. Fred looked up at me, feeling bad,…

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The Cave of Despair

Having experienced the epic climax of his career, the prophet wallowed in despair.  Frustration dogged him like a rabid hound looking for someone to pick a fight with.  One would think Elijah would be happy, feeling at the top of his game, but no. He was depressed and anxious, and he fought demons of suicide. …

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The Prophesy

The Prophesy

The night was dark, and the stars were twinkling in the sky as he wandered back to his flock of sheep.   The sound of baaing lambs settled on him like a warm blanket.  He was home among his wooly friends.  He leaned up against a gnarly tree and pulled out his harp and started…

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