A Place of Dependence

A Place of Dependence Most kids are completely comfortable being dependent on their parents. I realize there does reach a certain age where they desire a bit of independence. And that is healthy. I cannot help but think about when Jesus instructed that if anybody...

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Hi God It’s Me

"Hi God....are you there?, It's me Margaret!" Every time I start to talk to God with a "Hi God",  I can' t help but think of that line from a book I read as a kid by Judy Blume! Makes me smile and often laugh out loud! Good books will do that and I've been quoting...

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Cost of discipleship

Cost of discipleship “No! That’s where I was sitting!” “No it’s not! I’ve been sitting here all day!” “No you haven’t! It’s my turn to sit there! Mom, Dad! She’s not sharing! I want to sit there and she is sitting there!” This is just peek at one of many conversations...

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Listening, Resting, Unburdening

Listening, Resting, Unburdening “Girls it’s time for dinner!” Silence, not in that there was lack of noise for there is always an abundance of noise in my house. No, it was silence from a lack of response from my girls. They couldn’t hear my voice over their iPods,...

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Thoughts

Thoughts You know as a kid I did some pretty dumb things. Ok, so I’ve done some dumb things as an adult too, but you’ll have to ask my wife about those - she’ll be glad to fill you in. I remember a time shortly after July 4th that a friend and I thought it would be a...

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Do Not Squander

To squander - to recklessly waste, misuse, throw away. To allow an opportunity to be lost - especially money or time. The word doesn’t have happy, joyous connotations. I can think of times that I’ve squandered money - Like the time I thought it was a good idea to go...

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Ice Cream, Kids, and Delight

Ice Cream, Kids, and Delight Ice cream is delightful! I don’t know of many that would disagree with me. As a boy, Dad and I would go out to shoot the bows or go fishing and on the return trip, it seemed to me that we would pass an ice cream shop. I’d set my chin on...

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Communication and the Trashcan of Doom

Communication and the Trashcan of Doom Each day at BNC I'll face all sorts of different challenges and I love that! I need tasks and projects that push me out of the comfort of the known. That's where I meet Jesus walking on the water. And most challenges I face as...

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I love the altar

I love the altar! There’s no place like it. Certainly I can pray wherever I am. In fact Paul tells us to pray without ceasing which tells me to pray many other places than in the sanctuary of my church. But ya know, there’s just something about the altar. Oh, and when...

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Bloom Where You Are Planted!

"Bloom where you are planted." This is painted on a sign in my garden...and the weeds are doing a wonderful job of blooming nearby! But today as I looked out at my flower bed, something I had read in a devotional recently went through my mind- "Fear thou not; for I am...

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