I have a pug. Just saying it feels like a confession. You see pugs aren’t really impressive or practical dogs. They were literally bread to be lap dogs. So when we moved a few years ago from a small city lot, to a home with a few acres, it was an adjustment for our pug … More Chasing cars: when pursuing passion doesn’t honor your design
Any time there is a tragedy or hardship, we can often here people offer their “thoughts and prayers”. It’s become such a common idiom, that we say it without a second thought, which is a bit ironic I think. I’m not really sure where this started, or why we feel compelled to say it, other … More “Thoughts & Prayers”
This question is both a sincere request and a loaded proposition at the same time. Let me be clear, I love prayer. It’s the single most mysterious, beautiful, powerful and meaningful thing I have the privilege to do. If someone lifts me up in prayer? Awesome! I’ll take it! If you are going before the … More “Can I pray for you?”
When facing impossible circumstances, it’s easy to run to God. When there are no other options, faith can suddenly appear. But what happens when in the midst of a crisis, we become distracted by minor problems. When my wife was pregnant with our third daughter, we faced the biggest challenge we had ever encountered to … More Faith can move mountains, but what about mole hills?
Fear is essentially equal to anxiety. The Bible tells us over and over to fear not, as it also tells us to be anxious for nothing. These statements in scripture are always in the imperative. While I admit that is a bit of an inference, it would seem that God does not have much room … More Be anxious for nothing: the importance of casting cares
Today we are honoring mothers. They should be honored for lots of reasons, most of which are pretty obvious. A mom is someone who puts herself on hold to bring life to someone else. She’s someone who loves unconditionally and forgives repeatedly. She sacrifices more than anyone around her knows. She experienced more pain bringing … More Mother’s Day
Have you ever needed something? Not a want, but a true need. Like a “if-this-doesn’t-happen-I-don’t-know-what-I’ll-do” need. These are the kind of situations that drive us to our prayer closet like never before, we might even enlist others to pray for us. Maybe you put out a call on facebook or come to the front of … More Unanswered prayers
It may seem like a small difference, but it’s something that can have a huge impact. When someone values a person, they esteem them for who they are, not what they can provide. When someone treats someone as valuable, it may seem like the same thing, but in actuality, they are esteeming the benefit that … More The difference between being valued and being valuable.
My wife recently hinted at wanting some new earrings as a gift. Knowing her simple taste, I thought some understated diamond studs would make a nice gift. While at the jewelry store, the salesperson asked if I wanted real diamonds, or “CZ’s”. “CZ’s?” I asked, “what are you talking about?” With a roll of her … More Good Friday: more precious than diamonds
This may be wrong, but I don’t believe compromise is a biblical truth. As it relates to relationships, compromise entails both people losing a little. As it relates to an individual, compromising what you believe trades eternal reward for temporary gain. Despite this, I was advised time and time again early in my marriage, … More Broken relationships, and the myth of compromise: exploited givers, wounded takers, and a way forward