Grow With Your No

Grow With Your No

It’s a phrase that was shared with me several years ago. The idea is if you say yes to everything, while it seems like you’re growing, you’re not. Why? Because you’re not leaving room to grow. While I could write several posts on that idea alone, that’s not where I’m...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

It’s one of those things that we know we’re supposed to give and do. Yet it can be a tricky thing, right? Especially when we’ve been hurt by someone else. We may even feel like we are owed something, so we don’t forgive and let go until what’s owed has been paid. The...
Complaining

Complaining

What I’m about to share may upset you. And I’m ok with that! A few weeks ago, after finishing my laps in the YMCA pool, I overheard a conversation full of grumbling and complaining. I wasn’t trying to eavesdrop; the conversation was loud enough that you couldn’t help...
Just a text message

Just a text message

I really don’t like being anxious.  It just doesn’t make for a happy writer.  It’s hard to focus when I’m anxious.  My mind wants to wander off to things I perceive as being beyond my abilities.  I begin to look further into the future, thinking I...
Leaving room to learn

Leaving room to learn

Running the soundboard Have you ever tried to learn something new? I’m sure you have! It’s something we all have in common. Take learning to run a soundboard in church. Thirteen years ago, I hadn’t even touched a soundboard. Today, I couldn’t count my hours behind the...
Hurry

Hurry

The older I get, the more the word hurry scares me. Life can feel like it is nothing but hurry. But more than that, it reminds me of another word that hurry seems to resonate with. Hurricane. Hurricanes leave chaos behind as they move through an area. Homes are...
Discipline of Fasting

Discipline of Fasting

A new stroke Over the last several weeks, we’ve explored spiritual disciplines. The disciplined practice, spiritually speaking, creates the environment for God’s grace to do His best work in you and through you! We’ve talked about meditation and prayer. And today, we...
Discipline of Prayer

Discipline of Prayer

Wireless mics are lovely! They make life a little bit easier for me since there aren’t as many cords to make the mic work. And it’s super awesome that they give whoever is on stage the freedom of movement. And for someone who speaks with his hands (insert...
Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation

Have you ever given someone else directions only to have them do the exact opposite of what you asked? My wife knows all about this. Oh, and not with the kids, but with me. She knows better than to ask me to take care of the laundry. Bath towels would be the only...
Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines

A few years ago, I took it upon myself to learn to swim freestyle the right way. I’ve swam for as long as I can remember but never used any technique. So I started down the road of learning to swim freestyle. I started slow and worked up speed and distance till...