What comes to mind when you think of meditation? The first image that pops into my head is someone sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, palms facing up on their knees. The next word that comes to my mind is, hard. Because I tend to think meditation takes work. But I don’t think “work” is what God had in mind for biblical… Read More
Growing in our relationship with God
God wants us to know Him!
Knowing God was Moses' supreme desire (Exodus 33:12-34:8).
The Apostle Paul wanted to know Christ and participate in His suffering (Philippians 3:8-10). His passion was for fellow believers to to know how wide and long, how high and deep God's love was for them (Ephesians 3:18).
If we want to know God, we must spend time with Him in His Word--because that is the primary way that He makes Himself known. God is pleased when we pursue Him. He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13-14). God delights in us, and we in Him. It is truly the sweetest relationship ever.
I pray you are enjoying and reflecting on our Savior’s birth! The New Year is a week away, along with the beginning of new things. For many, this includes reading through the Bible. It can be a daunting task, especially with the first few books of the Bible. Beginning in Exodus, God tells Moses how to build the Tabernacle. Then Moses… Read More
Not too long ago, I made a trip to Houston. I drove near The Galleria, a favorite shopping place for our family during the holidays. Each year we go window-shopping for a few hours. Sometimes we make a purchase or two and then go out to eat. Afterward, we look at Christmas lights. It’s been a fun, family tradition. As I… Read More
Recently I asked a group to give thanks for specific things. Each took a turn sharing. Except for one, who commented, “Shouldn’t we be thankful all year round? If I state that I’m thankful for one specific thing, it takes away the value of how thankful I am about other things.” True, we should be thankful all year round. But… Read More
Transformation. Change. We leave the old behind and embrace the new. The vast majority of social media posts with a #transformation hashtag are about lifestyle improvement. From weight loss to minimalism, people want to become a better version of themselves. Enter personality typing. It’s been around for a long time and quizzes abound. It appears the Enneagram and personality typing… Read More
Where would we be without words? We use them constantly. We speak and think them. And we write and text them. Combined with music, they become the language of the heart. Even our body language translates into unspoken words. Crossed arms and a scowl can say, I’m mad at you. A gentle touch or a hug can say, I love… Read More
Are you a rule follower? There are rules for everything. Rules for games and sports. Rules for punctuation, and rules for completing math problems. Even rules for how we behave at work and at school. In some cases, the word guidelines might be more effective. Some of us simply aren’t rule followers. We want to do things our own way. No… Read More
God desires a growing relationship with us. He wants more of us. And I think most of us want more of God. The key to both is time together. And not just any time, but quality time. Quality time includes focused communication, free from distraction. Our culture, however, encourages the opposite. We are a busy people. Parents are involved in… Read More