Saturday, December 30, 2017

The One Thing You Should Commit to in 2018

There is something that you should commit to in 2018...

Diet?
Exercise?
Spiritual Growth?
Financial Freedom?
Travel?

Yes
Probably
Nah

These are all great

however

I believe that the one thing
you should commit to in 2018 is...

GRATITUDE

gratitude
noun grat·i·tude \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \
the state of being grateful : thankfulness

What does gratitude look like for you?
One Hundred Days of Grace

Friday, December 29, 2017

What is a Testimony Journal?

A few days ago I released
the first lesson from my testimony journal, but

"What is a Testimony Journal?"

A testimony journal is a place to... 

document
record
write
recall

the miracles in your life

Have you ever been...

saved?
rescued?
healed?
fed?
delivered?

Are you currently...

in a situation?
facing a dilemma?
fighting depression?
experiencing hardship?

Begin documenting your testimony journal!

1. click the link
2. download and print the pdf (or grab a notepad)
3. read the lesson
4. answer the self-reflection questions (to get you started)

click here to start at the beginning...

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"Having Eyes That See"
Life Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God
click here to read my first lesson
"You Are My Child"

Why a Testimony Journal?












you worried
you prayed
God answered

and you forgot

UNTIL...

the next time

you worried
you prayed
God answered

and you remembered...

that He is always faithful

so you wondered...

why you must 
first worry

Here's how it all began
   click to read the first lesson 
   from my testimony journal

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hurting During the Holidays

While you are enjoying the Holiday Season

please remember that this time of year
often brings stress and pain to others

and while I am not a licensed mental health expert

I wholeheartedly believe in living
a life full of gratitude and grace


If you or someone you know is hurting...

1. Acknowledge the pain (Job 14:1)
don't minimize or ignore your source of pain
(pretending will not produce healing)

2. Talk to someone (Proverbs 17:17)
Speak up. Tell a trusted friend, loved one,
or mental health professional if you are hurting

Please do not "suffer in silence"

3. Talk to the Lord (1 Peter 5:7)
Allowing time to pray, read, and meditate
is crucial because this is also a Spiritual fight

4. Do something for someone else (Acts 20:35)
Volunteer time, energy, or resources to help someone else

5. Give yourself the gift of time (Psalm 30:5)
Emotions come and go like waves.  Even the highest waves eventually recede.

Monday, December 25, 2017

God's Gift to Man

The boxes have all been opened

wrapping paper torn
and thrown to the side

leaving behind

a

dark
empty
tree

to remind us

that God's gift to man
wasn't under a tree...

it was on one

______________________________
"Having Eyes That See"
Life Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God
click here to read the first lesson
"You Are My Child"

Monday, December 11, 2017

How To Get What You Really Want For Christmas

We all want the same thing

all
humans
everywhere

want

the same thing

(Maslow summed it up)

supply
shelter
space
safety
specialness

same needs
different names

because...

it's really not just about the "stuff"
it's really just about "the stuff"


you know?

the stuff inside...

love
respect
joy
inner peace
meaningfulness
purpose

and that being said

the real way
the best way
the only way

to get the thing you really

want
crave
desire

is to learn to first...

give it

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let Thanks Giving Linger



Well...

the meal has been digested
the tree brought down
the lights put up

crisp leaves
cool air

boots
scarves
sweaters

first frosts
warm fires

all proof

that Christmas is approaching

But Thanksgiving is not over

(we simply cannot afford to let thanks giving end)

not now
not ever

so

throughout
this Holiday Season

and

into
the New Year

let's all hold on to the only thing that really matters...

gratitude
grace
graciousness

(as we give daily thanks)

while reminding

everyone around us
to also

let
thanks giving
linger

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fake Tree... Real Joy

"Please pull the tree down before you leave for work"

I asked

and

his response made me cringe
his word choice made me cringe

(it's funny how a word can do that)

elicit...

a reaction
an emotion
an actual feeling

in the gut

because some words are intended to do just that...

question
reach within
touch

December 10, 2016

And sometimes when left unchecked
we effectively manage to mass-produce

artificial

moments
days
lives

filled with...

manufactured

interactions
responses
praise

until

a word
His word
the Word

elicits a response that literally makes us cringe

finally stop
take note

and realize

that just because you look at my tree and see "fake"
the fact of the matter remains that...

there is absolutely nothing artificial about this joy


December 4, 2017