Without A Thought

I was studying my Sunday school lesson, this evening.  The subject was about being diligent in our stewardship of what God has allowed us to have.  The subject covered more than just money.

The title of the second point was “Carelessness Leads To Disaster!” (by Greg Keenen).  The scripture reference was from Proverbs 10:4-5 (by King Soloman). Continue reading

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In Need of Grace

I have been concerned about a spirit of intolerance in our country.  I’m aware of the political differences and the impatience of even listening to a thought that may be different than your own.  I’m aware there is a movement to restrict our free speech by attaching labels (racist, misogynist, xenophobic, etc.)  to someone in order to try to silence a discussion. Continue reading

Leaning Into The Wave

 

I’m at an awkward place in my life.

There are two dates coming up shortly, that represents painful memories for me.  The first date is this coming Sunday.  My church is having its annual Thanksgiving dinner after the evening service.  Two years ago, Terrie wasn’t feeling well and didn’t make it for the service or to the dinner.  I went alone and felt alone.  Seeing family and friends sitting together, laughing, and having a good time was difficult for me.  Continue reading

But For A Good Lid

Saturday was a beautiful start to November.   A bright sunny day with the temperatures in the mid-70’s and a light breeze from the North.

I had the usual Saturday duties to perform: laundry, haircut, drug store, lunch, studying and then grocery shopping.

 

I thought I wanted a Burger King Whopper with cheese and a chocolate shake for lunch.  That could have carried me past supper time and even to breakfast.  Continue reading

The Hug

Sunday morning, I was sitting in the church auditorium waiting for the service to begin.  As people started coming in, a father and his two small sons joined me on my row.  The boys started walking toward me and when they were near, I bent over and gave each of them a hug.    They then turned and walked back to their father.  They looked over their shoulders at me as they were walking and smiled at me.

I can’t tell you what that 30 second exchange did for me, other than it refreshed me and made my heart very happy.   What a precious moment.

As a result, the following day, I wrote these words:

How to avoid bitterness, a cold heart, and dismay: Give/Get a hug from a small child. Cherish their little arms and hands holding on to you. Allow their sweet smile and gleaming eyes renew the hope within you. It washes all the bad from you.  

There may be some days you feel like your nothing more than a pinata and the Lord will bring to you a innocent, sweet child to remind you that not everyone wants to hit you with a stick.   Take courage, my friend!

Crying Out

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”  Psalm 18:6 ESV

I had gone through a few hard days physically.   I had a weekend of aching (glowing) arthritic knees and sinus pressure that was effecting my vision.

So, the following Monday, I went to my doctor to get help.  He told me to take Musinex and Flonase for the sinus pressure and gave me a shot to help my knees.  It was suggested that I take my annual flu shot, so I got a flu shot.

The next morning, I had a CT scan to make sure I was Continue reading

A Helping Hand

I was teaching my Sunday school lesson yesterday, speaking on God’s miraculous grace.  It is not uncommon for me to remember an event that relates to a given subject while I am teaching.  This is the memory that came to me while I was teaching.

When I was going through chemotherapy, I was in a weakened state.  It was in January, I believe, and the left front tire of Terrie’s car was low and needed air.  If it had gone flat, I would not have been able to exchange the tire on the side of the highway.  She would have been unable to change it.  So, picking the lesser of two hard positions, we went to the corner gas station to add air. Continue reading

Dare To Dream

There is a billboard on the interstate near downtown Oklahoma City that reads “Dare To Dream”.  Since I’m driving 60 miles an hour, that’s about all I can read.  It may have something to do with a home mortgage or something like that, but I’m not sure.

I have been thinking about those three words for a couple of days now and wondered if I dare to dream or has life killed that desire. Continue reading

The “Unlikely’s”

 

I was listening to my pastor preach and he said something about someone in the Bible that would have be unlikely to be used by God.  I began to think on that subject and began recalling some names that would make you think that they were not qualified as we might see them, but were perfectly qualified from God’s point of view.  Here are a few of the ones I thought of:

How about Abraham and Sarah?   Continue reading

Church Softball

My interest in sports had some major roadblocks when I was growing up.

In the fourth grade, we they would play baseball during recess time.  They would pick teams based upon throwing a bat vertically and someone grabbing it near the end, then fist over fist until team members were chosen.  I was usually last, of coarse, the fact that I didn’t know how to play or had ever received instructions about playing contributed to my status.  I recall standing in left field, a borrowed glove on my left hand, when a ball was hit my way.  I reacted by raising my right hand to catch it, only to have the burn of the ball cause me to drop it.  A very embarrassing moment, Continue reading