Yesterday I noticed a thing that I do. I noticed that I do it all the time but I do it almost unconsciously. I cry out to the Lord throughout the day. Not loudly, no tears and I don't think anyone else would notice, even if they were paying attention. It's more of a sigh but almost whispered...a quiet murmur, yeah that's what it is, a quiet murmur. "Help me Father." It is my constant plea to the Lord. That I repeat without even thinking about it. I usually say it when m
Grief and sorrow are a natural part of life. Especially when someone you love dies. People react to grief in many different ways. There are emotional, physical and even psychiatric responses to grief. Most of these are normal and positive because grief is a process that we all have to work our way through. But if you are not careful you can get stuck and your grieving process can become unhealthy. I have seen people who have been grieving for years, refusing to move forw
The Bible is no ordinary book. It is a collection of books, letters and texts written under divine inspiration. These stories are Gods words to us. Through these texts God reveals who He is, who we are to Him and why we are all here. It explains things about prayer, our true nature as spiritual beings and tells the stories of many people from all different walks of life. While reading the Bible, it can speak to you. It can speak to your life, your current situation and t
The definition of a friend is a person that you have a bond of mutual affection with. This connection is typically exclusive of sexual or family relations. But if you are lucky you have family members that have become friends, that you can share your closest secrets with. Or you may have friends that are closer to you than your blood relatives. Either way you should consider yourself extremely blessed. You have no choice of the family you are born into but you can choose
(This is a letter I submitted to Alley Muse (www.alleymuse,com) as part of a 'Dear Fear', encouragement contest, I LOVE their pens- hopefully I'll win some:)) Dear Fear, We have had this binding relationship for far too long. Over the years I have depended on you to keep me safe, but at the risk of stunting my own growth. You have always been there for me and you have never let me down. Every time I wanted to do something too risky or too exciting, you were right there, pu
I have had anxiety my whole life. Before I even knew what to call it, it was already there. It became so much a part of me that I claimed it, as just who I was. I held on to it as a part of my identity. All things that I believed about myself was connected to it. So many negative thoughts, and I believed them all. No one else had to tell me because I had already convinced myself of who I was. Growing up, I didn't say much because I never thought I had anything worth say
The life of a Christian begins with a belief in Jesus Christ. A belief in who He is, The Son of God. A part of the godhead, the Father, 'the Son' and the Holy Spirit. A belief that He came to save us and gave his life so that we may have the right to eternal life. He is known as the Lamb of God, the Messiah, the visible image of an invisible God, God in the flesh and so many other things. He is our Savior, the King of Kings. For me He is my everything, my daily motivatio
Idolatry is defined as the extreme love, adoration or reverence of someone or something. The bible is very clear that, we should have no other gods before Him. It is actually one of the ten commandments. He created us for a purpose and He doesn't demand but He deserves for us to show Him reverence. He is worthy of all of our praise and worship. When I think of idolatry I often think of bowing down and saying prayers to a statue. Like in the story of Moses. When Moses ca
Work is an activity involving mental or physical effort, done to achieve a goal. For most of us the work we do on our jobs accomplishes a goal for our employers. And for many more of us the motivation to continue these tasks is financial compensation. We work so that we can provide for ourselves and take care of our families. The jobs most of us work do not require 24 hour attention. We are allowed time off. If you work a 40 hour work week like I do, you also get days of
Seasons are separations that break up the year. These separations are marked by changes in the weather. Even the behavior of the plants and animals change throughout the seasons. Seasons come and they go but they affect us all. We have four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. Spring is the season where life starts. When seeds are planted and take root. In the summer, the temperatures rise. This is when growth takes place and fruit is produced. The fall is the se
There are times when I don't feel as close to the Lord. Despite praying and reading His word. Sometimes I just feel like I am not doing enough, like their is something else I could or should be doing. I always want to do more for the Lord and I always want more of Him. But in those times He seems so far away. We can all be happy and contented when we feel close to the Lord. When he is speaking directly to us and working things out in our lives. In the midst of being ble
My whole intention as I write is to motivate, encourage and inspire someone's walk in Christ. I feel that maybe by sharing my own experiences, that someone out there may decide that they want a closer walk with Him too. I believe that no matter who you are or how well you think you know Him that there is always room for growth. This has been my constant goal while on this journey. I want more of Him in my life. I want to be closer to Him than I was the moment before. I
Prayer is our communication with God. It is how we acknowledge Him. It is how we show respect and reverence to who He is. It is also how we exhibit our faith. It takes faith and trust to quietly go to the Lord with your head held low, hands pressed together and know that your God has heard your request. In prayer we open our hearts, minds and thoughts to God. Of course He knows everything anyway. But this is more for us to show Him that we know exactly who He is. There
I am just returning from a wonderful visit with some of my friends. We have an annual event that we call 'friendsgiving'. Where we take the time to gather, share food, conversation and generally have a good time. We all have our own lives, families, businesses and relationships. And some of us live many miles apart. But we always make time to reconnect. It is so nice to have friends that make a conscious effort to spend time with you. We actually anticipate the times tha
Friends with benefits is typically a term that is used to describe friends that have sex without an emotional involvement. This term encourages casual sex. Relationships that start like this usual end with the couple falling in love or continues until someone gets their heart broken. But to put it plainly this is fornication, it can be adultery or even infidelity. But no matter how you spin it, it is a sin. There is nothing casual about sex. God never intended for us to s
Six months ago, at our annual marriage retreat, I was given a parting gift of a salt and pepper shaker. The two shakers were tied together. These were given to each couple as a symbol and a very specific reminder about our marriages. This symbol comes from a movie that we all watched together called Fireproof. There is a fire chief in Fireproof that talks about how salt and pepper are very different. Their color, their make up and their tastes are very different but you a
Prayer is defined as an earnest hope or wish. It is also a request for help or an expression of thanks addressed to God. But to put it simply prayer is our communication with God. Of course He already knows everything but it is important for us to make an effort to talk to Him. It gives us the chance to acknowledge Him for who He is. To come to Him in reverence and with respect as our...everything. If God is really important to you, you will make the time to talk to Him.
The mind is a very powerful thing. Not only does the mind control what we think. It also controls what we do. Everything we do first starts off as a single thought. Our thoughts and mindset are very important to everything we accomplish and everything that we are in life. We all have thoughts that run through our minds. I going to ask you to pay good attention to the thoughts that occupy your mind during day. Our thoughts set the base for the type of person that we are.
I was at a conference yesterday. It was called Faith Over Fear. The title made me think about my own fears. About how every time I speak in public, I fight my fear. Each time I choose my faith over my fear. I spoke about this briefly yesterday to a room full of strangers but today I am going to speak about something I have dealt with for most of my life. Social anxiety. Social anxiety is defined as an emotion that is associated with discomfort and fear. When a person i
Dear Candis, You know how mommy always say that you should give people their flowers while they are alive. Well today, I would like to give you some flowers. I don't think that there is anything unsaid between us. I believe that you know exactly how I feel about you. And I believe that I know exactly how you feel about me. However there are some things that I would like to say to you publicly. You are the most kind, the most selfless, the most caring person that I know.