Encouragement

Encouragement is so important. The Bible tells us to encourage others. I have personally seen encouragement go a long way in a person’s life. Paul wrote how he wanted to encourage others in their faith, but then he said something interesting. He said, “But I also want to be encouraged by yours.” What? He wanted […]

Share Alike

When it was time to go to battle against the Amalekites, there was a group of people who were exhausted so they stayed back. I can certainly understand exhaustion. Sometimes I barely can find the energy to swing my legs over the edge and rise in the morning due to my health. This group was […]

Open House

I like to keep an open house. When someone comes over, they see us as we are—nothing gets tossed in a closet or swept under the rug. I do not need an advance notice to prepare. The kids’ friends walk in and out as they wish, and they know that they are welcome to anything […]

Because of Laughter and Joy

Solomon wrote Psalm 126 and spoke of the joy and laughter from returning to Jerusalem. The people were laughing and singing songs of joy this Psalm mentions. Why? Because The Lord did great things for them. The people would speak of these great things as a result of this joy and laughter. They would see […]

Make Some Noise

“What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” – Matthew 10:27 [NIV] My daughter has two hermit crabs, each with totally different personalities. As I was reading my Bible the other day, I heard a strange noise and looked over at the […]

Saying Nothing

In King Lear, William Shakespeare wrote, “No, I will be the pattern of all patience; I will say nothing.” I have considered my personal experience and the challenge to “say nothing.” We don’t like to not say a word. When someone comes up to us and says something that differs from what we think, we […]

Excuses

This morning it was drizzling but I still faithfully took my dog for a walk. As we continued up the street, I noticed that there was a newspaper that was poking through the plastic covering that the delivery person used for protection. In a quick moment, I passed by thinking that the newspaper would get […]

The Car Park

As I walked by the church car park, I noticed that a lady pulled her car into the lot, and then she turned around and drove out of the car park, only to park down the street. She used the lot simply to turn around so that she could get on the side of the […]

A Hand of Prayer

I recently read of an interesting way to be intentional with prayer. A man named George Reindrop wrote in No Common Task about how a nurse taught a grumpy man how to pray. The nurse had each finger on her hands signify a person. Her thumbs reminded her to pray for the people that were […]

Making an Impact

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 [NLT] “Do not neglect to do good and to share […]