What We Deserve

From time to time in my journey of faith I get confused. For one reason or another I begin to believe that God owes me something. Our faith is probably never weaker then when we believe that we deserve to have God do anything for us.

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Desiring Perfection

There have been many times when I’ve felt so upset at my failures and shortcomings. I become angry at myself whenever I fail, mess up, or sin. I become angry when I require help, and when I easily tire at persevering through trials and struggles. I want to be strong for God; I want to please God; I want to do everything right.

While I can acknowledge that it’s impossible for me to do everything right, I still find myself upset and discouraged whenever I mess up. At times like this I often rally and resolve to do better next time. I become consumed with my quest for perfection. That’s a good thing, right? Shouldn’t I be trying to perfect, sanctify, and renew myself daily? Doesn’t that please God?

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Helping Our Children Finish Strong

If we want our children to finish strong we have to be willing to run alongside them when they are struggling.

Last fall I ran a 5K with three of my older children. When the race began all three kids were running strong and well ahead of me. After we passed the first mile marker one of them started falling back behind the other two and eventually fell far enough back that I caught up to her. I came alongside her and asked how she was doing. She complained of cramps. We continued running together well behind her brother and sister. I was enjoying the run and hadn’t noticed that my straggling child had now fallen back behind me and was barely running. At this point I had a tough decision to make. I had been Continue reading “Helping Our Children Finish Strong”

Jesus True and Only

     There is only one answer for every problem, only one healer for every hurt, only one rock in which to hide, only one person who alone can save. His Name is Jesus. He never forsakes His people, He hears every single prayer, He catches every single tear, and He is here. If I was asked what the one thing would be that I would tell someone struggling with anxiety, fear, doubt, or depression, it would be this: Jesus. He is the only one in all my struggles that has never failed me.

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Diligent on the Watch

“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”        -Psalm 130:6

How’s your watch going?

Caroline and I have found that when we get past the “why” in our struggles, we slam straight into the “how long?”  How long am I going to have to deal with this?  How long will it take before my prayers are answered?  How long before I see God move on my behalf?

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