On my right pinky finger I have a bright white scar from a deep cut caused by an accident with a whittling knife over 30 years ago. That cut was glued and taped up and has long since healed. I have the thin bright white scar to prove it. But when I bump that scar… Continue reading Why is Scar Tissue so Tender?
“Come to me.” Jesus whispers as He stretches out His hand.“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we come (back) to Him, accept His gift of salvation, repent and are forgiven, Jesus offers us a place to rest under His… Continue reading Take 5: Come to Me–Refinement and Restoration
Jesus’ offer of rest isn’t just for our bodies and burden-laden lives, but for our souls. Our hearts. Our minds. It’s a total package. Once we’ve surrendered our life to Him and accepted His gift of Salvation, He invites us to repent of our sins and unbelief. Our greatest oppression isn’t a result of the… Continue reading Take 5: Come To Me–Repent and Be Forgiven
You are the light of the world! ~ Let your light shine! ~ Be the light! How many times have you heard these things said to you? Over you? Countless I’d bet. So, what does Jesus mean when He says,“You are the light of the world”? First, let’s remember that Jesus said He is the… Continue reading Take 5: Let Your Light Shine
Where we fix our thoughts is our choice. And it’s a crucial choice. Why? Because what we fix our thoughts on, is what we invite into our heart. And what’s in our heart determines our attitude. When we have a bad day, when things aren’t going our way—where is our focus? On our irritations. Disappointments.… Continue reading Take 5: Our Attitude. Our Choice.
Do all things without grumbling or complaining. (Phil 2:14, NLT) Can you claim this? I can’t either. But where does our grumbling and complaining stem from? What’s at the root? In short. Pride. Pride partnered with selfishness and entitlement. Satan has deceived us into believing God is hateful and unfair. That He’s to blame for… Continue reading Take 5: Do ALL Things Without Complaining
God demonstrated the pleasure and joy found in work done with excellence. (read more about that here) And then… He passed that same pleasure and joy onto us. As creatures created in God’s very own image, we were always meant to work. And work was intended to bring us pleasure and joy—total satisfaction from a… Continue reading Rest: Work is a Gift
Our work is to be shared with others. To bless, encourage, and edify them in their own efforts None of us is an island. We all stand on someone else’s shoulders. For example: When we’re about to embark on a new venture we look for resources to guide us. That’s one of the supreme benefits… Continue reading Take 5: Our Work is to Bless, Encourage, and Edify Others
Time. Of all of the earthly resources God gave us, this may be the most priceless. And the most taken for granted, abused, and wasted. We get what we get, and that’s it. We can’t control it or influence it. We can’t make, purchase, or barter for more. We can’t save it or preserve it.… Continue reading Take 5: Making the Best Use of Our Time
Is it possible to take pleasure in your work? Yes! We often go to work dreading what the day holds. Dreading being with the people we work with (even if we’re self-employed). Dreading the tasks, challenges, and demands we’re about to come face-to-face with. But we can change our attitude when we determine to re-adjust… Continue reading Take 5: God Will Give You the Desire and Power To Do What Pleases Him