232018Jan
A Closer Look at Our Prayers

A Closer Look at Our Prayers

Prayer is a wonderful thing. It is communication between us and God. It is amazing that, by His grace, we have direct access to such a loving Father who actually wants to hear from us. He wants to speak to us, too. Why do we look up? I have noticed that I often tend to…

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122018Jan
A Plan to Be Abandoned

A Plan to Be Abandoned

I’m a planner. Some people might not even notice that about me. That is because most of the planning goes on in my mind. I don’t necessarily share my plans with those around me. The planning usually starts when my eyes open up in the morning. “Get up, floss, brush teeth, eat breakfast, work out,…

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182017Dec
I’d Rather Be Broken

I’d Rather Be Broken

I’d Rather Be Broken I’d rather be broken Than to fake my way through The mask I’ve been wearing Has worn nearly in two   For a time it felt good To keep myself hidden But now I must question “Who have I been kidding?”   Those who know the real me Have seen through…

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132017Nov
Grace To Be Me

Grace To Be Me

I came across this picture with a quote that said: “GRACE CHANGES EVERYTHING: The secret to being enough in a do-more world.” It goes along perfectly with the theme of grace we’ve been discussing in a small group we’re participating in at Hood Memorial Church entitled Freeway. In going through this the past several weeks,…

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22017Nov
Pray for Patience

Pray for Patience

Have you ever heard the comment, “Be careful what you ask for!”? I have heard this said many times when referencing what we pray for. One example is, “Don’t pray for patience!” It usually comes across as a warning, implying that if we pray for something in particular, God will somehow give it to us…

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232017Oct
New Mercies

New Mercies

I love lots of different types of music. So many emotions can be expressed through music.  I like listening to the words and trying to picture what the writer is painting with the lyrics.   Depending on where I’m at on life’s journey, I get different pictures from the same song at different times.  That happened…

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182017Oct
Nothing to Fix, Someone to Love

Nothing to Fix, Someone to Love

About 13 years ago, I was in the middle of one of the hardest struggles that I have experienced in my life. I felt like I was drowning in overwhelming anxiety and panic attacks. My wife, Melissa, looked at me and my situation, and she only wanted to relieve me of the suffering. I looked…

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52017Oct
We Don’t Have to Hide Anymore

We Don’t Have to Hide Anymore

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV) We do not have to be ashamed anymore. Our loving Father’s grace has the power…

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282017Sep
What Have I Done?

What Have I Done?

This past Sunday, the following passage of Scripture was read and discussed at the church we attended: As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned,…

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112017Sep
How to Have Some Fun

How to Have Some Fun

This may sound like a ridiculous topic to write about. Having fun should come natural right? Well, for some of us (me included), it’s not so easy. For those of you who are like me and need some guidance on how to let loose and enjoy yourself, here’s some thoughts I picked up recently that…

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