Tag: Spiritual growth

When Somebody “Busts Your Bubble”…

What do you do? Do you… Quit? Throw a fit? Lash out? Stomp and pout? It happens.  Sometimes intentional and other times not so much.  Maybe not at all intentional, but still just as painful. This one wasn’t so much painful for me, just sobering.  AND, this one was completely unintentional, I’m sure of it.

Scripture Challenge Recap: Genesis-2 Kings

I realize that not all of my readers are following the Scripture Challenge that I started last year, but it’s a new year and time to get busy memorizing! Even if you didn’t commit to memorizing a passage from every book of the Bible, why not pick a few of these verses and challenge yourself…

Were it Simply A Matter of Resolve

I admit it.  I’m done with resolutions and “trying to do better”. How many times have we tried to start a new year off full of good intentions and resolutions, only to find ourselves falling short and disappointing no one but ourselves. Keep reading and you’ll find some encouragement, I promise! I am by no…

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

A New Year, A New Day, A New Perspective

Mrs. Turnipseed was in her 80’s when she approached my pastor-husband and exclaimed with great exuberance, “Pastor, I’m so excited!  I’ve found a new ministry!” Can you picture that in your mind?  How many seniors are even looking for new opportunities to serve?  What a testimony to younger generations. On a day that I typically just…

2 KINGS: The God of Angel Armies

When I first read this verse, the thought that came to mind was, “I don’t really have any enemies…” I know they are real–those people that hate you just because you call yourself a Christian.  There are those who absolutely despise those of us who believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation, but I personally…

HOPE

“Plunging deeper into faith can mean swimming in some choppy waters. Our fallen world is filled with storms and difficulties. But deepening discipleship involves a deepening of our commitment to the Lord regardless of circumstances or comfort.” “Our focal verse is Job’s affirmation that his decision was not based on circumstances.  He would follow the…

Scripture Challenge: 2 SAMUEL — “Not for the Faint of Heart”

Murder, war, adultery, rape, and betrayal.  Sounds like a television show… One that I wouldn’t want to watch because it would probably be rated “R”, yet here I am, reading through the book of 2 Samuel, and I am a bit overwhelmed at the gory details. Most of the time when we study the life…

I Like it Better When You’re Nice

I am not even tempted to use foul language. Commonly used words that are not even considered curse words (like stupid or crap) are offensive to me, but just because I choose to eliminate certain words from my vocabulary doesn’t mean that I’m exempt from the implication of this passage. They say that confession is…