Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thanks

Thanks for spending the 365 days of 2013 with me on this blog.
I look forward to our new format in 2014.
We won't be talking every day, but our conversations will be longer and more meaningful.
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year and I will be talking to you soon!

Monday, December 30, 2013

A new start...

“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” 
~ Peggy Toney Horton

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013

Unconditionally



In a change of tone from some of her previous work, Katy Perry wrote her new album, PRISM, in the wake of her divorce from Russell Brand.  Instead of a dark dirge of a record, she presents a message that, even in the midst of great personal suffering, there is hope. We all change and hopefully we all grow stronger as people. The source of our strength is love. What a marvelous truth that each one of us is unconditionally loved by God. Don't let the darkness steal that truth from you. Seek out light bearers - people who will love you as you are and also love you enough to help you become the person you can be.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Enjoy it...

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
~Andy Rooney

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas vow...

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
~Charles Dickens

Monday, December 23, 2013

Remember this Christmas...

“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Something to think about...

“How many observe Christ's birthday! 
How few, His precepts!”
~Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Have a wonderful weekend!

May God bless you with rest and renewal as you anticipate the joys of the coming week.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In life...

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice."
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Benefits of liberty...

"A free society is a place where it is safe to be unpopular."
~Adlai Stevenson 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We need to be involved in the lives of other people...

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent toward them: that's the essence of humanity."
~Noted skeptic George Benard Shaw

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday wisdom...

"The LORD will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever."
~Psalm 138:8

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Weekend praise...

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
~ Psalm 13:5-6

Friday, December 13, 2013

Time alone...


"…there are certain things that you and I will never learn in the presence of other people." 
~A.W. Tozer 

We are all so busy with the cares of life that many of us never take time to be alone. Silence and solitude are important parts of developing spiritual discipline. Find some time to be alone, to pray, to think, to consider your life. Through prayer and silence, we learn to become more attentive to what God is saying in our world. Five quality minutes alone with God can alter the whole direction of a day. We make time for what we make time for. The time we spend in contemplation is key to our spiritual survival. Take the time to reflect and you will soon see how in tune your life is spiritually.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Saved for something...

"Sometimes God redeems your story by surrounding you with people who need to hear your past so that it doesn't become their future."

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In this holiday season...

"He must increase, but I must decrease."
~ John the Baptist speaking of Jesus (John 3:30)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

All the way...

"Even to your old age, I am He,
And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear;
Even I will carry, and will deliver you."
~ Isaiah 46:4

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

On Sunday...

"Blessed the man and woman who is able to serve cheerfully in the second rank — a big test."
~A note found in the margins of missionary Mary Slessor's Bible

Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the age of the $250 million dollar contract...



C.T. Studd was one of the greatest cricket players of the 19th century. He has been called the "Babe Ruth of cricket." He was extremely popular in Great Britain, then the most powerful nation on earth. He was also independently wealthy. In his athletic prime, Studd was converted to Christ and felt God's call profoundly upon his life. He gave away his fortune and went first to China, then India, and later to Africa preaching the gospel. 
Many years later, near the end of his life, he wrote:


"...I do not say, 'Don't play games or cricket and so forth.' By all means play and enjoy them, giving thanks to Jesus for them. Only take care that games do not become an idol to you as they did to me. What good will it do to anybody in the next world to have been the best player that ever has been? And then think of the difference between that and winning souls for Jesus."



Friday, December 6, 2013

Reasons to be thankful...

Matthew Henry, the Bible scholar, was once robbed of his wallet. He had always made it a practice to give thanks in all seasons of life.  That night, he recorded in his diary:

"Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed."

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Truly...

"This is strength; this is peace; to feel, in entering on every day, that all its duties and trials have been committed to the Lord Jesus — that, come what may, He will use us for His own glory and our real good!"
~ John Paton

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Remember...

"Somewhere someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It is true...


"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. We all must work for our own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity."
- Marie Curie 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Remember...


"You will find, as you look back on your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others."
- Henry Drummond

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Have a blessed week ahead!


Like some of you who read this blog, I am a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy.  As you are likely aware, the second film in the series, Catching Fire, was released recently to theatres around the world.  People lined up for hours to gain one of the coveted spots at the first screening in cities across the country.  These people had read the books and seen the first film, and they were hoping the second movie would live up to their expectations.
As the people of God, we have read a book that tells us about a place we are going to see.  Just as all the fans of The Hunger Games pictured the Capital and the Districts in different ways in their minds, we too picture Heaven in different ways.  The Bible gives some clues as to what Heaven will be like, but much of the detail is left to our imaginations.  For the book lover, Heaven might be a kind of library.  For the music lover, a beautiful concert that never ends.  For many of us, the opportunity to see our loved ones again makes the thought of Heaven very precious to us.  I don’t pretend to understand exactly what happens when we die or exactly what Heaven will be like, but I do know that we have the promise of Jesus (John 14) that Heaven is being prepared for God’s children.  Heaven will be far greater than any novel or even the Bible can describe.  There we will be in the presence of God forever, praising Him and enjoying the fellowship of all the saints who have ever lived. By God's grace, I plan to be there and I hope you are looking forward to that great day as well.

Have a great week!