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Month: June 2017

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

“What do you want to be when you get big?” our 3 year old grandson asked my wife Nancy. “Well, I think I will be a grandma,” she replied. Gabe said, “No. You can’t do that. You can be a farmer, like me.” Gabe already has his future figured out. So what is in your future? The Bible advises: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5. What is the key of walking into the future? Today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s solutions. Tomorrow’s problems will not be solved with today’s answers. Living in nostalgia-land is living in the state of denial. What to do? Trust God and wait for His insight and wisdom. The first step to prepare for tomorrow is to realize God is God and you are not. Humility opens us for the future. Humility admits we don’t have all of the answers. Only the humble are teachable. Step one is let God be in charge. The second step is to have a grateful heart. A walk with God is a walk of joy. Our gratitude may contain the seed of the solution we seek. All we…

What Daniel Teaches Us About Committed Prayer

“Pray to me or it is the lions for you.” And so King Darius commanded all people to pray to him as their god. Pretty bold law isn’t it? But the governor of the nation, Daniel the Hebrew, is bolder still. What was Daniel’s response to the law to worship King Darius? The Bible says: “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” Daniel 6:10 Daniel prayed as usual. He worshiped the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Prayer for Daniel was routine, a time to be alone with God. He had a set time, a specific place, a schedule for prayer. “As usual”, the Bible says, Daniel prayed. Would that be your response? There are lots of ways to pray. There are the quick lightening prayers scattered throughout the day. There are prayer books you can use to guide your thoughts. Short devotional books can show you an aspect of God’s character and encourage prayer. Smart phone apps can send you…

Slippery Slopes and Dirty Laundry

Whenever we go on a trip we always forget something. Home from a recent trip Nancy asked where I put the bag of dirty clothes. I had to mumble, “I don’t remember.”  My memory was registering high on the “forgetter-meter”. “I just don’t remember.” I finally had to confess. About twenty minutes later Nancy came back into the room. “I looked everyplace for that dirty laundry. You forgot it didn’t you?” “Uh. I think you are right. I don’t remember putting it into the car with the suitcase.” Yep. As per usual I forgot something. Do you think the motel will wash and return our dirty clothes? I don’t think so, either. Dirty laundry. I see people posting dirty laundry all over Facebook. Cursing, obscenities and gossip with no source in reality, is everywhere. In earlier times the F-bomb, when it was used, was truly an explosion. Now it has the effect of a wet firecracker. What happened? When did we start gaining speed on this slippery slide of incivility? Do we lack empathy for others? Why are we quick to judge? Has stress hardened us?Are there so many messages vying for our attention we can’t filter out the harmful?…