“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1 Somebody Framed the Cow Most people are familiar with the Great Chicago Fire. Most of us (adults anyway) learned about it in school. Even today you… Read More Your Impact isn’t Determined by the Attention you Receive for your Work
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7 Something Strange in the Neighborhood I was on my way to work this morning when something strange in my peripheral vision caught my attention. There was a thin strand of spider web on the outside… Read More What a Spider Taught Me about Holding Tight and Never Giving Up!
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 God’s… Read More God’s Grace Shines Brightest in Hard Times
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 The prescription for peace. Instead of dwelling on that which makes us anxious, present it… Read More The Formula for Peace
“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ” Psalm 3:6 As much as I appreciate the amazing fact that we can fly, I don’t actually love being on a plane myself. I am not exactly scared. I can do it. I am just on edge until the flight… Read More Soaring with Confidence
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:1 Not gonna lie, I’m feeling down today. I often wonder why I feel this way. I have no reason to really–just the circumstances of life, I suppose. Disappointments, failures, various… Read More God is our Source of Hope–Always!
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 Discouragement I recently had what I felt was a rough Sunday working with the kids at church. They were hard to calm down, many little “twittery bird type” conversations going on during the lesson, plus a slightly stressful situation and a… Read More Serving Faithfully–How the Movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ Challenged Me
If you are serving in ministry, likely you will have a time or two (a week?) when you feel unappreciated. You work without thanks, probably without pay and with little encouragement. Not fun. So, what’s a person to do in that situation? I was in that situation recently and after much, much prayer and a… Read More Five Things to do when You Feel Unappreciated in Ministry
Way back in January of 2003, I began my job as the “Minister to Children.” I had never heard of such a thing before and didn’t know anyone who was doing that job to give me some tips, (I looked, believe me, but it was not as easy in the pre-social media days). Looking back,… Read More Five Things I wish I’d Known as a Rookie Children’s Minister