One Word: Hope

"This just doesn't seem fair. Now our insurance may go up because she decided to lie?" "Sorry, hun. Now it's a matter of principle. This time I filed a claim purely for justice sake. I am not paying for the damage she caused. I am not paying for her to lie and get away with…

one word: acceptance

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.  Surrender. My word for 2016. A word that challenged me to let…

Out of the Valley of Fear

The Lord is my light and my salvation-so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? Psalm 27:1 Fear. It is the one word I said I was going to overcome this year. That one word I chose to ditch at the beginning of 2014.…

I Have Run the Race

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 2 Timothy 4:7 At the beginning of the year I embarked on a mission to not come up with any resolutions I would not keep, but to instead let one word shape the next year of my life. My…

He Goes Before Me

For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you" Hebrews 13:5 Remember that past I mentioned I had to face on my journey to become a licensed pastor in my district? That past the devil used for weeks to taunt me? Well, today was the actual day I had to…

Me, Of Such Little Faith

Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. "You have such little faith," Jesus said. "Why did you doubt me?" Matthew 14:31 In a few weeks I will head back to Lynchburg, Virginia to attend a week long class. Alone, just like the last time. I have spent many of the past few weeks once again…

Forward, Not Back

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 You can't move forward if you are constantly looking backward. These have been the…

Fearless in the Face of Doubt

"Truly, I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." Mark 11:23 This week marks the beginning of another semester of homework deadlines, on-line discussions, and late Sunday…

One Word: Fearless

But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 My children often teach me many lessons on life and parenthood. Having one child with autism has also taught me to embrace the fact that many of the obsessions children with this diagnosis have are often not completely rational, and sometimes…