Wednesday, July 9, 2014

When...Then...

When we come to the end of ourselves,
When we are finished being in control,
When whatever we do will no longer fix it or us,
When the only way to freedom is surrender,
Then and only then, as a captive, we can be set free!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day...The Perfect Time To Surrender!

Today we celebrate Independence Day here in the U.S. It's a big deal, although I believe many have lost the appreciation for the cost our country has paid to win our freedom and keep it. Many lives were lost and changed because of the willingness of soldiers and leaders to pay the ultimate price.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kitchen Flood

I have been putting down new laminate floors in my house lately. With all the stuff going on around here it has been an on again, off again process. I have completed the living room and have a little trim work yet to do in the kitchen and hallway.

Installing the kitchen floor required the disconnection and removal of our dishwasher. In retrospect, I probably should have disconnected ALL of the water lines from the dishwasher BEFORE attempting to REMOVE the dishwasher! Yea, OK, major brain fart. Stop laughing! Excessive water is fatal to laminate flooring. And it was killing a lot of my expensive flooring!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Leap Of Faith

I was thinking back to a time when some friends and I went down to this certain river bridge that we heard some guys were jumping off of into the river below. It really seemed like something cool to see and I was into that kind of thing back in the day. Maybe I viewed this kind of stuff as some right of passage into manhood, showing my courage in the face of danger instead of using wisdom to avoid the danger.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spiritual Anorexia

(Spiritual) Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by immoderate food restriction (not consuming the Word of God), and an irrational fear of weight gain (what man thinks), as well as a distorted self-perception (of who one is in Christ). It typically involves excessive weight (faith) loss.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Scheming To Be Blessed

I've been praying and telling God that I want to "trust and obey Him", and I mean completely! The first area that this seems to be manifesting (or should I say "maniTESTING") is in my finances. You'd think I would be over this one, having been delivered by Him from considerable debt, yet here I am.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chillin With "The Lou"

We're having some nice days around here lately. They have followed a stretch of nasty weather, so it's kind of extra nice to sit out on the "Dock of the May" in the cool breeze at sunset. Louie seems to like the outdoors more than he used to, especially in this type weather.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spiritual Diet

A couple of years ago I went on a diet (lifestyle change in eating). I lost seventy pounds! I went from 265 down to 195. My doctor cut my BP meds, I stopped snoring, I had tons more energy, wasn't sleepy and generally felt much healthier.

Monday, February 24, 2014

You Are What You Eat

Have you ever heard this one? "You are what you eat." I'm sure most of us have run across that one! There is truth in this; that eating healthy is a big part of being healthy. We really can't argue with that statement.

The same is true with our spiritual lives, we are what we eat. In other words, what we consume is part of our inner man. We consume things in many ways. We can eat, see, and hear things, thereby consuming them into our being.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Creatures Of Habit

As a mailman, I often have the opportunity to witness and become aware of tendencies and habits in the animal kingdom out and about on my route. I'll bet many of you are thinking: "He's talking about dogs!" Although I have learned a lot about canine behavior over the years, every once in a while, one will break the mold of what I expect and surprise me. You would think with all the time I have spent around a dog as abnormal as Louie that nothing would surprise me! Anyway...