Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. – Matthew 5:14 In these toilet-paper-hoarding times, we Christians have an opportunity to share a roll. (Depending upon the situation in your community, that may literally be true.) I've been reminding myself, that not only should we… Continue reading Pass a Roll, Please – and Share Some Joy, Too!

The Warm Wind of the Holy Spirit

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak… Continue reading The Warm Wind of the Holy Spirit

Righteous Acts Bring Righteous Thoughts

Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. – Proverbs 16:3 Normally, I’m a planner. I like to think things through – sometimes to death – before I’m comfortable embarking on some new activity. But committing to any new, good habit often requires a little less thought and a lot more… Continue reading Righteous Acts Bring Righteous Thoughts

Choose Joy

I often read blog posts in which writers pour out their hearts about their trials and tribulations. These dear people are often suffering from depression or other chronic illnesses, or dealing with family problems. Others are simply running the race of life and feeling as though they will never catch up, never mind get ahead.… Continue reading Choose Joy

It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

The book of Job concludes in a most satisfying way. Job’s re-reversal of fortune always makes me sigh with contentment and dash away a tear or two. As I read the last chapter, I noticed a verse that reminded me of the final scene from It’s a Wonderful Life, when George Bailey returns home to… Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life, Job

The Best Listener

I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you?   A good listener hears without interrupting. A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words. A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.… Continue reading The Best Listener

From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

I do so appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Lord when he sends a timely little blessing. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the verses in my daily reading of the Psalms included this: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord. – Psalm 113:9 If I were… Continue reading From Barrenness to Joy, and Beyond

Nothing Between

We know that David was called a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14). If we desire that same designation, wouldn’t it be wise to study David’s thoughts and actions? Reading through the Psalms, I’ve noticed that David always poured out his honest, unrestrained emotions to the Lord. If David felt joyful, he lavishly… Continue reading Nothing Between

Distinctively Joyful

When I consider what separates Christianity from all other forms of religion, I see joy as one of our greatest distinctives. Not happiness, but joy:  deeply held hope, contentedness, peace, and optimism, no matter our circumstances. Sometimes, the small stuff can nearly overwhelm our joy: constant schedule interruptions, lack of sleep, friction with family members.… Continue reading Distinctively Joyful