Comparing yourself to someone else is like comparing apples to oranges. It doesn't compare, and Scripture tells us it's not wise.
I am not very good at contentment. I wrestle with this every day. Maybe it’s the way I’m wired, maybe it’s my experiences, for sure it’s my fallen nature, but I struggle with contentment. Our culture's contentment is like Cotton Candy. It might taste good, but it’s fleeting. You can’t build your life on it. You can’t eat too much of it, or it will make you sick.
We are starting this as a family Christmas tradition in our house this year! The 3-Gift Christmas is based on the Scripture in Matthew 2:11, "And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
What kind of parent are you? You are either a Bulldozer, Drop & Run, Helicopter or Steady Eddy kind of parent.
Peter taught me a lesson, and I want to share it with you! We often put off the miraculous as stuff that happened a long time ago in the Bible, not in my every day, boring, hum drum, familiar, day-in and day-out life. The Lord wants us to expect Him to show up and bring the miraculous in our every day, boring, hum drum, familiar, day-in & day-out lives! That's what makes life abundant, exciting, & adventurous! Guess what? I AM GOING FISHING!
On November 5, 1998, our son, Jadan, passed away at the age of 18 months. The doctors told us it was due to respiratory arrest, but the cause of it was unknown. It wasn't until 10 years later, in 2008, that we received the answer to the cause of his death.
Cremation or Burial? This is a question that I have been asked several times as a Pastor. What does the Bible say about this? This is a Biblical perspective to answer this question.
Written by Taya Haney. Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things."
“The greatest feats of love are performed by those who have had much practice in performing daily acts of kindness.” -Anonymous
When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G. K. Chesterton
If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it. -Henry Blackaby
Conflict between family members can happen anytime. But the holidays seem to heighten our tension levels, or at least our awareness of it. Romans 12:18 ESV says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” That’s a pretty tough assignment when the “Griswolds” are coming to visit. Do what you can to get along but remember, you are not responsible for the actions and attitudes of anyone but yourself. Smile, and be nice. Laugh, and be nice. Here’s a thought… make amends. Maybe even give forgiveness a try…
Sometimes love requires confronting people. But it must be done in the right way, and only over the right issues. If you spend your life correcting people you'll finish up with no credibility, and no friends. At what point should you confront somebody? Only when you've answered these questions.
“It’s the most [stressful] time of the year…” the Christmas carol may well say. More than just shopping and family gatherings, the Christmas season brings with it an increased risk of a number of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, abuse, and even suicide attempts.
There is a Rock that is higher than your circumstances. Climb up onto it. Plant your feet firmly there. Drink deeply from the water that flows out of it.
The more time you give to someone, the more you reveal their importance to you. It's not enough to tell them they're important, you must prove it by investing in them. The best way to spell love is T-I-M-E.
Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. -Rick Warren
Little foxes are small things that seem unimportant can spoil tender grapes, like a relationship, a career, or a life dedicated to Christ. How many marriages fail because spouses paid no attention to the little things?
Jesus talked about a place of prayer that really mattered to Him - The Secret Place. A place of solitude where He would often withdraw into privacy and spiritual intimacy with His Father. In the secret place, it's God and you.