Beauty and Blemishes

Blemishes. You know what they are. Everyone from the high to the low has had them. They are the bane of existence for some teenagers who are about to go to prom (I’ve never done that, but I’ve certainly had my fair share of acne in the past). And for certain there is no end…

The King of the Grind

It’s Monday; you’ve chugged two cups of coffee, and already want work to be over with — and it didn’t even start yet. You look at your watch to see how many free minutes you have left to yourself before you clock into the corporate slug-fest (or so it feels). You do so, and the…

Worry, Worship, and Love

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa 41:10, ESV A classic verse from Isaiah. It is one of my personal favorites. It reminds me that for all the little…

Guard thy heart!

To they who yield their hearts unto many… this is for you. All people have commitments to things… whither they be other people, obligations, or passions. In life there are many forces and dynamics vying for your attention and time. It’s almost like a marketplace of ideas, contraptions, and whatnot — that people put forth…

Staying Still

I have a confession. I ALWAYS like to move. I don’t feel myself unless I am doing some activity, or doing something to enhance my knowledge and skills. Sometimes I start to feel guilty for taking it easy. Even after a long day of landscaping I can feel that way. It’s very common to work…

Listening

In the public square, there are so many words pushed about that it takes on the character of noise and relentless chatter; filtering through it can be a herculean task, even for the most gifted of hearers. James the Apostle says, But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of…

Talking through Fire

Conflict, tension, and an atmosphere so thick a fruitcake is easier to cut. All have been in situations like this. Parents with their children, supervisors at jobs, and personal relationships aren’t immune from the the occurrence of disagreements, and the tricky bits of communication. What makes these events so tricky for us is facing the…

Introversion and Reflection

If you ever feel disconnected from the world; you are totally happy being by yourself in the zen of your own thoughts, and you think that makes you kind of strange. You are not. I can assure you. If it doesn’t apply let it fly, but it may be introversion, or what I like to…

Optimism

Positive thinking. The name brings about the remembrance of many a book or show on its power and prestige, yet today in spite of all the advances we have made in society with health, longevity, technology, and other things — we are at a loss of something very important. That to me is being optimistically…

The Heart of the Lamb

Some people look at a sheep, or a lamb and go “SHEEP = ITCHY!” It really depends on the wool and how it is cared for. Thank Goodness for that! I love my wool socks. Sheep were a mainstay in the time of Jesus. The people of that time used them for more than wool….