What You Can Learn From My Limp

What You Can Learn From My Limp

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched. And he was limping because of his hip. (Genesis 32:24-25, 31 / NIV) Dad was a...
God, Please Make My Will Your Will

God, Please Make My Will Your Will

Pray for us to the Lord your God, that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God. (Jeremiah 42:2-3, 6 / NKJV) “God, please tell me or show...
Learn to Respect the “No” Answers of Life

Learn to Respect the “No” Answers of Life

When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (Acts 16:7, NIV) Typically, we don’t like hearing “No” – yet we hear it often in life. As children, we hear “No” when grabbing cookies...
The Loving Touch of Pruning

The Loving Touch of Pruning

Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  (John 15:2) When I prune a tree or bush I don’t care about, I quickly use the hedge clippers to cut it back without a second thought. When it comes to a special tree, my pruning is more strategic...
The Bumpy Road of Apology

The Bumpy Road of Apology

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37, NIV) While driving to church one Sunday morning, I noticed several signs warned of road improvements up ahead. That specific roadway...