The holidays are tough enough to get through.

Do what you can.

Give yourself some grace.

Take a deep, slow breath.

Spend time in solitary prayer.

You can't be everything to everyone, so just be kind to yourself and others.

People may be going through something we know nothing about.

Forgive all. Especially yourself.

Pick Your Poison

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured."--Mark Twain

Last week, as they laid former President George H.W. Bush to rest, his dear friend, former Senator Alan Simpson, gave the eulogy. The gentleman from Wyoming told of something #41 told him once.

"He never hated anyone," Sen. Simpson said of President Bush. "He knew what his mother and my mother always knew: Hatred corrodes the container it's carried in."

My own experience with bitterness reveals that it pins you in place. No forward progress or growth is possible as long as the unfinished business of anger lingers in your life.

Further, I've discovered that when I practice the hard work of forgiveness, it allows me to move my focus where it belongs--serving God and helping people.

The gift of forgiveness doesn't benefit the one who wronged you, but rather the gift is for you. Believe me, you want this gift.

Don't …

Graceful Rain

Matthew 6:34 (KJV) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

When the Jews wandered in the desert for 40 years, God provided food for them. Manna fell from heaven each night and in the morning, the people gathered just enough for that day. If they tried to save some, it spoiled.

The lesson taught to them by their Heavenly Father was to trust Him for all their needs and to focus on one day at a time.

This daily blessing was completely from God--no other. It was freely given to all; they just had to accept it.

Manna is a picture of the grace that God rains down on us each day. We simply have to pick up what we need, and it will suffice.

Worry, if left unchecked, will ruin your today and tomorrow, too.

Don't borrow tomorrow's troubles--stay in the day.


Notable Quote:

"It's easy to look at the things of this world to solve our challenges and obstacles in life, but …

Fill Me Up, Lord

Lord, my tank is empty tonight. I am so tired. 

And I am grateful; that I have a job to do, people that love me, a church to worship with, and a blog to pour out my soul. Thank You, Father, for the mission that you have chosen me to do, the path you have me following. Forgive me when I stumble in sin and when I grow weary of this world. 

With You as my guide, I will be obedient, because You want the best for me--in that I trust. What is ahead? Only my Savior knows. You are showing me how to make a difference in other's lives--but mine first. 

Fill me up, Lord. In Your name, Amen.

That Ye May Know

Exodus 10:2 (KJV) And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

God is not mysterious. He wants to be known and loved by you and me. I have the same yearning. It's truly stunning that He knows everything about me...and loves me still.

There is a song playing frequently on The House FM. "Known" by Tauren Wells is my new favorite.

"I'm fully known and loved by You
You won't let go no matter what I do
And it's not one or the other
It's hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known fully known and loved by You"

The Bible displays God's desire to be known. In verse after verse, our Father's attributes are revealed. He knows that the closer we are to Him, the more we will desire to know Him and the more intimate our relationship will be. Just like dear friends, as we confide and share with each other,…

I Am A Student

I loved school. The routine, the challenge, even the tests were things I enjoyed. During the summer, I ached to return to class. Since finishing college, I have thought often about returning to learn new subjects. Work, finances, and life are roadblocks to me becoming a student again. In the meantime, I will read and research what interests me.

Studying the Bible is one thing I never grow tired of. I can research the lives of the saints, the history of worship in the temple, or trace the journey to the promised land by the Jews. When I need encouragement, I can look up verses about joy, loss, pain, patience, and fortitude.

Check out all the Bible verses regarding learning:

Deuteronomy 4:5 (KJV)
5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.

1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the …

Failure is Not Your Future

Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Sometimes, I just want to kick myself.

I said or did the wrong thing; made a mistake; failed.

After I pray for forgiveness--what's next?

It's not just what you leave behind, it's what you reach for in the future. When you free yourself from old burdens, you are free of that weight. Next, you will be able to attain more, better, bigger blessings.

Forget the past and reach for your good future. The prize is your eternal soul. Be encouraged, friend.


Notable Quote:

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."--Henry Ford