The second Christmas has passed and I have mixed emotions. Yesterday, I had many reminders of where I was emotionally one year ago. That time was very raw and painful. This year, there was a respectful awareness, but I had some joy and happiness, at the same time.
I think the joy and happiness was due to the Lord continuing to work in my life and to graciously bless me in at least two ways: First, in “Good Tidings of Great Joy“, I described re-focusing on the true subject of why we celebrate Christmas. Secondly, in “Trust and Obey“, I mentioned I had gone on a Continue reading
I would like to confess something. For the last ten to fifteen years, I’ve have found very little joy in Christmas. I know as a Christian, I should take great joy in celebrating this time of year the world acknowledges the birth of Jesus Christ. But I had lost focus and the meaning of what we were doing.
As I was growing up, Christmas was never like the Norman Rockwell paintings, the Hallmark Channel movies, it was much more Continue reading
The Lord had been gracious to me when I was diagnosed with oral cancer the first time. I had the best oral cancer surgeons in America work on me by removing a portion of my tongue and rebuilding it with a skin graft in a way that I could still speak and eat and remain close to a normal existence. I was told if I could go five years without getting cancer again, I would be considered healed.
I was so grateful to the Lord for He had shown Himself mightily Continue reading
Have you ever sat in a chair and had it collapse? I have and it’s not fun ending up setting on the floor! My experience was with a fold out seat on a two wheel push-pull golf cart. I was nineteen and weighed 170 pounds and I wanted to buy the cart for my future father-in-law. So while in the store, I sat the cart on the floor, folded out the seat and sat down, only to have it drop like an out of control elevator.
Do you know what I learned from that life lesson? To take a look and make a determination if the other chairs I want to sit in will hold me. We have to make hundreds of determinations every day about things we place our trust in every day. Will the truck that is passing me stay in his lane? Continue reading