Spring is Here!

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Can you believe it. Spring is finally here. We have been waiting for it and now its official. So, this morning I got out my shorts and sandals. I packed away all my sweaters. And then I walked outside…

Hey, wait a minute. 20 degrees. Snow. Where is spring?

You ever feel that way when it comes to life. You know that God has brought new life to you, but nothing has changed. You still don’t have relief. You still face the challenges in your marriage. You still think your job is a waste of time. What do you do in those times?

Faith is knowing that though everything looks cold and wintery around you, Spring is still on the way. It is trusting God that he does provide for our needs. He does refresh us when we need it. He is sprouting new life below the layer of snow and ice.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Choose Joy Everyday

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I read about someone recently who really inspires me when it comes to joy. His name is Bill and he chose joy even though he was losing his wife to cancer. The story comes from Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. This is what Mark relays about Bill’s joy-filled Continue reading

Frog and Toad on Willpower

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There is a lot you can learn from story-time with kids just before bed. While tucking my daughter into bed recently, I picked up one of my favorite books off my daughter’s bookshelf. Its a story of two web-footed friends. One is named Frog and the other Toad. The moral of the story is its hard Continue reading

No Arguing or Complaining…come on be serious!

grumbler1“Do everything without arguing or complaining…” Philippians 2:14. Rick Warren, from Saddleback Church in California, speaking of this passage said, “I don’t have trouble with the verses of the Bible that I don’t understand, I have trouble with the ones I do understand. This passage has only one interpretation. Don’t argue and don’t complain! Holy moly guacamole.” Paul makes this very clear. Followers of Christ should not argue or complain. Woah! Is that even possible? Paul is not saying  Continue reading

Enjoying Humble Pie

IMG_9915You have probably heard the saying “eating humble pie.” It’s an idiom that means being humbled when you discover you were wrong about something. This is a funny idea. Have you ever had a humbling moment and thought to yourself, “that experience was just like eating a slice of pie.” I love pie. Pretty much any kind of pie. Apple. Pumpkin. Pecan. Banana Cream. Cherry. There are few treats I enjoy more than a warm slice of pie. I don’t know about you, but the humbling moments I have had
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The Gift of Suffering: Clarity

lord386-pictureLast week I was having lunch with Keith one of our amazing staff members at Community Church. If you have met him, you know he is an encourager extraordinaire and has a contagious passion for life. While we ate he shared why he is so pumped about life. He said he began looking at life differently after he faced a series of brain surgeries. He went through Continue reading