How often have we heard about seeking God for who He is, for His heart, and not for His hand, as in a hand out, as in, His benefits? What person wants a gold-digger (or, "benefit-digger") for a lover? Don't we as people, as individuals, want to be loved precisely for who we are versus … Continue reading Love and benefits
Fear, or Opportunity?
An excerpt from a lovely little book, Napkin Notes, by Garth Callaghan: "There were twin boys. They were young - probably around six. Although the boys were twins, their personalities were incredibly different. One was extremely happy and the other was extremely anxious. The parents took the boys to see a counselor. The counselor devised an exam. … Continue reading Fear, or Opportunity?
Fear, or Love?
Action that stems from the motivator of fear does not have the ability to produce true, lasting continuance of those actions. Only action stemming from love has the power to last, built on a rock indestructible from storms and floods. If an individual is training for a marathon or beginning an exercise routine for the … Continue reading Fear, or Love?
The Happy Dialogue Dream: prison. Solo cell at first .. or is it? Solid concrete blocks painted white, dirty from years of existence - wait, are they solid? The walls are melting down. Is this a person talking to me, or is it an angel? I thought I was alone in here. Concrete walls that then … Continue reading Prison?
I remember when I first began working out. I was an insecure teenager that wanted to finally feel comfortable in her skin. A funny thing happened when I joined my first gym. Sure, I was taught a few basics between using the cardiovascular equipment, the strength machines, and free weights. I even had a visualisation … Continue reading Focus
The Heart What does "guard your heart" mean, anyway? "Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life," Proverbs 4:23 tells us. The King James version tells us "for out of it are the issues of life." I believe that one facet is this: It is to be sure … Continue reading The Heart
What’s in a Name?
"Cinnamon" There was a little girl that had a huge heart for animals. She was always making attempts to rescue the neighborhood cats, or adopt another hamster from the pet store when she and her mom would go. One day, she and her mother were out running errands, getting food for the dogs, the critters, … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Some enemies come as calamities through the front door, loud and clamorous, clearly seeking to kill, steal and destroy our lives. Others take a gentler, more subtle approach. They crawl in the back window. They come in a harmless form, even offering to help in the kitchen. You know, we go through life experiences and … Continue reading The Sneak
My heart aches when my friends suffer. At times, I'd rather take it on for them than see them in pain and anguish. Yet, is this proper thinking? Yes, we are called to bear one another's burdens. But, the burden-bearing is not of "I'm taking this one completely off of your shoulders," rather, it is … Continue reading Heartache