“You need boundaries…even in our material creations, boundaries mark the most beautiful of places, between the ocean and the shore, between the mountains and the plains, where the canyon meets the river.”
― Wm. Paul Young, Cross Roads
There’s a place where I end and you begin.
It’s called a boundary.
This place defines who you are.
Separate from me.
It protects your thoughts, and ideals
Your own vision to see.
It lets you choose the path you walk
Your own guide to be.
If I push and prod my way
Across this boundary,
You cease to be uniquely you.
In fact, you become me.
I wrote the poem above to reflect a simple but important concept….that boundaries are essential to a healthy relationship. Without boundaries…dysfunction and heartache thrive. Please join me in a series on boundaries. Read the rest of this entry
Have you been listening to a voice of discouragement? Has that voice caused you to have doubts, fears, or worries that you didn’t have before? Has that voice dampened your enthusiasm and clarity of purpose? Has that voice distracted you from hearing God’s voice speaking in your life?
I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.-Psalm 16:8
I am human. I have a tendency to say things I should not say. Sometimes, it’s not what I say, but how I say it that inflicts the damage.
Today I am convicted as I realize that within my choice of words is the power to edify or destroy.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
God has bestowed grace upon me. I have been given a chance to bestow grace as well, HIS GRACE.
God wants my words to MINISTER. When I minister, I help attend to the wants and NEEDS of others. Read the rest of this entry
In the form of stories retold, the author places memories of his childhood, his relatives, and his own children under the microscope lens and dissects how the moments captured have spiritual value. He awakens in rich detail the telling of everyday events, happy moments and sad, the joy of new birth and childhood fun, as well as the bittersweet farewells of final days on Earth. He emphasizes how our individual and unique life experiences deeply connect us to each other and to God. God’s Sovereignty and grace are predominant themes, and the author wants us to realize that the richness of life is realizing that God is the one who gives meaning and purpose to every facet of its continuum.
I enjoyed reading this book when I had ample leisure time to savor the storytelling aspect. The author uses a lot of colorful, descriptive wording that many may find distracting and not easy reading. There are many layers of reflection and spiritual significance explored, that are nice to chew on in small segments at a time. If you are a deep thinker, and like finding spiritual nuggets in the everyday circumstances of life, then you will enjoy this author’s deeply reflective and philosophical style.
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Wisdom is: Knowing How To Run off the Spiritual Buzzards Who Take Up Residence In Your Life
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.” Psalm 27:1
This is a strange post, I admit. But what faced my husband and I early this morning, was strange as well. When we arose and the early morning fog was still lingering, we looked out of our windows to find ourselves surrounded by an intimidating gathering of buzzards. Every where we looked, we saw a mix of turkey buzzards and black buzzards perched in our yard (front, back, and yes even a few on the roof of our home).
We counted at least 50 of these ominous birds, and it definitely placed our home place in the “eerie” category. Even though the birds were no immediate threat to us or our pets, what they represented still made us eager to be rid of their presence. As I looked up information on the internet about legal ways to deter these birds from making our yard their favorite new hangout, I couldn’t help but think about the spiritual comparisons: Read the rest of this entry
It’s back again: Women Living Well’s Annual Making your Home A Haven for October. This is my favorite annual thing that Courtney does and my kids love it too.
Please check out her site for all the details and join the challenge.
“By wisdom a house is built, & through understanding it is established.”
Week One starts Oct 7. Light a candle in your home daily and when your eye catches the flickering flames, let it remind you to pray for peace to abound in your home. Read the rest of this entry
We all enter this Earth, live our life, and impact others with the legacy of that life. Through our legacy, we remain connected to others and influence their own life experiences, decisions and beliefs. How precious it is when we can impart a legacy of faith that draws others closer to God.
This past weekend, we traveled to Columbus, GA to celebrate the 95th birthday of Jewel Austin. She is my husband’s grandmother and without a doubt the “Jewel” of the family. As loved ones and relatives gathered near, words were spoken in love and tenderness to honor her. One of her granddaughters spoke of Grandmother’s great faith and how much that had impacted her whole life. She said, ” I didn’t know any other way to live because she filled my heart and mind with such stories of faith, and she lived as an example of that faith.” Read the rest of this entry
James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Have you ever faced a challenge that felt impossible to deal with? Have you ever grown weary of trying to do the right thing when life seemed to just keep beating you down. Have you ever wondered What’s the point? What does it matter the choices I make, or the actions I take if I don’t seem to be getting anywhere?
Well, God says it does matter. Just like a thin blade of grass can remain nourished in the dark as it slowly pushes it’s way through hard concrete to find the light of day, so we too can be strengthened as we endure and push with our faith through life’s obstacles to find the light of God’s purpose. Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Knowing the Importance of Clear Communication When Forming Healthy Relationships.
Lack of communication or miscommunication is a tool of the devil to cause division, hurt feelings, trust issues, and unnecessary heartache.
Have you ever been around a person that you offended when you didn’t mean to….as if they lived by some unwritten code that you weren’t privy to? People are raised with different perspectives, rules of engagement among family members, and ideas about how others should or shouldn’t behave. Often misunderstandings occur because of these differences. Without good communication, neutral behaviors can be wrongly interpreted by others and cause them to think the wrong thing, or take offense to something not meant to cause offence. Read the rest of this entry
Wisdom is Having A Relationship With Jesus As The Foundation Of Your Faith!
“Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things you love are being stripped out of your hands, then the test is real. If God remains precious in those moments, then his supreme worth shines more brightly. He is most glorified.” — John Piper
My mother used to say, “If nothing bad or difficult ever happened to Christians, then every one would want to be a Christian.”
That resonates within me when I see suffering. God never promised that Christians would always be blessed with prosperity, excellent health, or every prayer magically answered to keep us out of difficulty, hardship or distress. In fact, after Jesus tells the disciples about his departure from this world to go to the Father, he says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Read the rest of this entry