Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weekend reminder...

"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."
-Multiple sources

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Holy work...

"I finally came to know that my work is God's work, unfinished by God because God meant it to be finished by me."
~Joan Chittister

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Reminder today...

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
~Jesus to His disciples (John 16:33)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


"Be nice to people on the way up - you just might meet them on the way down."
~Multiple sources

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Remember today...

"Lord, when I feel that what I'm doing is insignificant and unimportant, help me to remember that everything I do is significant and important in your eyes, because you love me and you put me here, and no one else can do what I am doing in exactly the way I do it."
~Brennan Manning

Saturday, August 24, 2013

In life...

"The way to change others' minds is with affection, and not anger."
~Dalai Lama XIV

Friday, August 23, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday

The musical Once takes a novel approach to the stage as the actors also serve as the orchestra. At intermission, the audience is invited onto the stage to buy concessions from the bar that serves as the main location of the story. This is a recording of the OBC singing the featured song, "Falling Slowly."

Thursday, August 22, 2013


"Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. "
~Brennan Manning quoting from Apocalypse Now

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


"Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike."
~J.K. Rowling

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
~Henri Nouwen

Sunday, August 18, 2013

In your ministry...

"So do not destroy your own strength by taking the glory of it to yourself."
~Charles H. Spurgeon 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

5MP: Day 7

Take 5 minutes and pray for personal courage to face the hard things of life. Pray for strength, for focus, and for discipline to tackle the challenges that life brings.

Friday, August 16, 2013

5MP: Day 6

Take 5 minutes and pray for those traveling/those in the military/those who are separated from their love ones.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

5MP: Day 5

Take 5 minutes and pray for your enemies/estranged loved ones/people who are different from you.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

5MP: Day 4

Take 5 minutes and pray for your friends/your coworkers/your neighbors.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5MP: Day 3

Take 5 minutes and pray for the poor/the lonely/the brokenhearted.

Monday, August 12, 2013

5MP: Day 2

Take 5 minutes and pray for your children/the children of your community.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

5MP: Day 1

This week we will have seven days of five minute prayer focuses. Each day will have a different emphasis to include in your personal prayer life.

Take 5 minutes and pray for your church family/your church leadership/your minister/your Bible class teachers/missionaries that your church supports.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Happy Saturday!

New track from the new self-titled album from the The Civil Wars. This is the first time this song was ever performed in front of an audience. As you may know, The Civil Wars broke up last winter shortly after producing this new album. The album was released this past week and was the number one downloaded album on iTunes. Joy Williams has spoken to the media about hoping for a return to the group while John Paul White has been silent. The reason for the group's demise is unknown.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday

In a return to Musical Theatre Fridays, Idina Menzel is joined by her husband, Taye Diggs, in a performance from her PBS concert, LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony. The couple met nearly 20 years ago when both were in the original company of RENT. The late, great Marvin Hamlisch introduces Diggs and conducts.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

In life...

"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
~Margaret Mead

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
~Henry Brooks Adams

Monday, August 5, 2013


I want to ask you one question: 
Have you done anything lately that made you uncomfortable?

Over the last several weeks, I have done some things that took me outside of my comfort zone. I placed myself in some social situations that I had not been in for quite some time. Some of these situations led to positive conversations and others didn't go so well. I was happy with myself for how I handled some of the situations and disappointed in myself concerning others. It is true that if you never play you will never strike out, but it is also true that if you never play you will never get a hit. Sometimes you have to put yourself out there even at the risk of failing. People who have never made mistakes are people that have never attempted anything.

I am glad I decided to get a pet although she requires some time and energy.
I am glad I went back to my old support group even though things didn't go at all like I had planned.
I am glad I have been able to hear different speakers this summer although I don't agree with everything that was said.
I am glad I have read challenging books even though they make me rethink my beliefs and values.
I am glad I have a trip planned soon even though it will throw of my schedule somewhat.

If you are unwilling to take risks, if you are unwilling to be uncomfortable, you will never do anything great. In fact, you will never do anything at all. You will never be the spouse you could be, the parent you could be, the employee you could be, the Christian you could be, the person you could be unless you are willing to take risks. Dare to shake things up. Have the courage to risk making the wrong choice. You will only succeed in proportion to the amount you venture.

What areas of life do you need to make changes in? 
Family time? 
Work relationships? 
Social priorities? 
Spiritual life?

With every moment we sit idle, more and more opportunities pass us by. 
Dare to get out there and try something new. 
Dare to be uncomfortable.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

This week...

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
~Paul to the Philippians (4:8)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Musical Theatre Friday

Michael Ball and Sierra Boggess pay tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber with "All I Ask of You" from the Broadway-recording setting Phantom of the Opera.

Thursday, August 1, 2013