It’s hard to believe we are already in 2015! Amazing.
As I look back on 2014, I see both great things and hard things – both joys and sorrows.
As for the joys and good things, they include:
- The birth of my second child, Angelina Elizabeth, born March 6, 2014.
- Writing and publishing my second book, It’s Possible: How To Thrive, Not Just Survive.
- God opening many doors for me to speak and preach at churches, colleges, events, and retreats.
- A much-needed dose of renewal and inspiration, which was (by God’s grace) through some of the books I read, namely some classic works on holiness, practicing God’s presence, and longing for heaven.
As far as the hard things, some of them were: [click to continue…]
Resolved is a powerful word, an adjective denoting determination and action.
It is said of Daniel, in the Bible, that he “resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine…” (Daniel 1:8).
Daniel determined, decided, acted on the decision to not defile himself as a person of faith in a dark and evil environment (Babylon), including watching what kind of food and drink he consumed.
And as a result, he lived a life of great influence during a dark time in history.
In the 1700′s, another “Daniel” emerged in a time of great confusion and shift in colonial America – a shift away from God and toward the philosophy of Enlightenment. His name? Jonathan Edwards. [click to continue…]
As we enter this time of year, I am reminded of how God chose to show up in such an incredible and unexpected way. For starters, the Messiah came at a very unique time in history.
Life was bleak and dark for the people living in Palestine 2,000 years ago. The Roman Empire was at its height and dominated the world through oppression. People felt hopeless, as if God had turned His back on them.
Then one day, the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young teenaged girl. Mary, who was probably about 15 at the time, had her whole life ahead of her. She was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter, a young man who was probably about 18 or 19. Mary was greatly anticipating her wedding day, a day she dreamt about for so long. [click to continue…]
In the movie, Hugo, there’s a great scene where Hugo and his friend Isabelle are looking at the automaton, a mechanical wind-up figure that Hugo was trying to repair. You see, this was Hugo’s mission – to get the mechanical man to work again, something he and his father worked on together.
But tragedy struck and Hugo’s father died in a fire. Now, more than ever, Hugo had to get the broken mechanical figure to work again. The problem was, he didn’t have all the right parts. [click to continue…]
What does it mean to be devoted?
Devotion/devoted is defined as: “Commitment to some purpose; feelings of ardent love.”
I’ve been thinking about devotion lately, namely, what I am devoted to.
If I’m honest with myself, I am too often devoted to myself: my comforts, my needs, my attempts to arrange my life to avoid pain.
Notice the operative word is “my.” And that’s the problem. When I devote my attention and time to myself, I miss so much of what God is doing and what’s going on with others. [click to continue…]