As I mentioned last post, in 2012, I began choosing a word for each year. This decision has deepened my faith and strengthened my foundation. Three Ways to Choose a Word for the Year 1. Ask. There is no special formula for choosing a word for the year. But, if you’re not sure where to begin, ask yourself these questions: What is the one thing I struggle with? What is my deepest desire? What do I want to accomplish this year? What character trait do I want to develop? Is ther
The name ‘winter’ derives from an old Germanic word meaning “time of water” and refers to the high rain and snowfall that often accompanies this season. Winter is a time for rest— a time for dormancy of crops and animals. The rest the winter season provides leads up to the next season of new growth. God rewards those who seek Him with rest and peace. Click To Tweet During this winter season, what would happen if we watered and rested our minds and soul on Christ? The Apostle
The shift from faith to doubt is subtle. I recently caught myself following the breadcrumb path that lead to restlessness. Unbeknownst to me I’d shifted postures from waiting on God to the I’ll do it myself posture. This shift towards self-sufficiency was slow and subtle. We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God’s heart. Spurgeon. @RedChairMoments Click To Tweet Recognizing the subtle shift away from God’s Sovereignty toward my self-sufficiency, I praye
Scholars believe King David penned Psalm 23 as an old man reflecting on his life. I believe it to be true. When I read this passage I can see David’s gnarled arthritic hands gripping a hand-carved shepherd’s staff. I envision David walking through the pasture, pausing at a babbling stream as he recites these words: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths
“Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV) “Hurry up and take the picture.” hissed Andrew and Rachel. The first day of school photo is one I will forever cherish, but the kids dread. Andrew is entering 7thgrade and Rachel 5th grade. After embarrassing my kids with a photo and a hug, I shout out, “I love you! Have a great day!” They run off, hoping no one heard me. I rub my hands together and laugh “My job here is done.” I have my own first da
Excruciating pain pierced through my head. At 3:00 a.m., I tiptoed to the kitchen to swallow a few ibuprofens. I returned to bed praying this headache will not debilitate me; I have too many things to do today. “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1, NLT) Four hours later, I rest on the porch swing, waiting for the impending storm. Thunder erupts, shaking the house. “Good morning Lord.” I reply. “The voice of th