Thanksgiving Isn’t Just a Holiday

Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday, it is an expression of gratitude. It’s not just something we do, it’s who we are to be. It is a word that shapes character, reveals the heart and colors our every word and action. In all our conduct, we either display a spirit of joyful thanksgiving or discontented grumbling. ... Continue Reading →

Water and the Word

As each year ticks by, I am learning that I can’t eat the way I used to. Apparently, a diet that consists largely of carbs and dessert is not only not the healthiest but tends to make for tight clothes. I guess there are some that intentionally buy clothes that are tight, but that has... Continue Reading →

The Oil of Sacrifice

"You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me. She has done what she could...." Mark 14:7-8a You are probably familiar with the setting in which Jesus spoke these words. While Jesus was reclining at the table of the home... Continue Reading →

Dying in Color

It’s a strange world here in South Dakota. One month from our last day of summer, we had our first snowstorm. And, just like that, we seem to have closed the door on fall, as well. I am thankful for the month of autumn we had, though. Watching a tree’s leaves change color really is... Continue Reading →

The Waters of Comparison

It’s amazing how we so easily compare ourselves with others. Our gaze is so quick to rest on the horizon and ignore the vertical, our true reality. It is so easy to look around at others, and yet we have to fight hard to look up to the Creator and Sustainer of all things.  Discontentment... Continue Reading →

Encouragement from a Brown Thumb

“The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.”  Mark 4:26-29 I’ve often told... Continue Reading →

From Protest to Praise

 "The word of the Lord came to me: I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations. But I protested, "Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don't know how to speak since I am [only] a youth." Then the Lord said... Continue Reading →

A Quarter for Your Thoughts

I often remind my own heart that the only way I can have a right perspective of my life is if I have a right perspective of God. And the only way I can have a right perspective of God is through the daily pursuit of reading and meditating on the Word of God. When... Continue Reading →

Heaven’s Given Everything

I was listening to CityAlight’s "Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me", and the first verse struck me anew:  "What gift of grace is Jesus my redeemer There is no more for heaven now to give He is my joy, my righteousness, and freedom My steadfast love, my deep and boundless peace There is... Continue Reading →

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