Thinking Aloud—Too Proud

God, why are your people so righteous? They believe in righteousness, but fail in its definition. Tit-for-tat — is this your wicked plan? A lot of talk, little show. Lord, don’t be upset if I find it repulsive to be as your people are: Perfect… Yet, The pursuit to find your perfection in them, lingers. I thank you for you and for what you are! … Continue reading Thinking Aloud—Too Proud

Behind those Foster Grants Of Life

It is interesting to see how the emotions play such a huge part in our experiences. I turned on my computer this morning to see a small monkey gripping firmly to a tree branch as the Windows program was booting up. Random pictures appear in this process, and they are usually accompanied by a few words to draw interest that pertains to the image. Anyway, … Continue reading Behind those Foster Grants Of Life

So Ashamed Of Religious Righteousness

I had read an article earlier about someone who divides his relationships between “the rest of the world” and his brothers and sisters in Christ. Frankly, it made me shake my head as the bad taste in my mouth arose. Another Christian, dividing. Before someone comes to my post and dissects its content with Scripture, as I assume many will be thinking about how believers … Continue reading So Ashamed Of Religious Righteousness

Throwing Stones

From Our Daily Bread devotional. We should all be laying our stones down… By Alyson Kieda “Lisa felt no sympathy for those who cheated on their spouse . . . until she found herself deeply unsatisfied with her marriage and struggling to resist a dangerous attraction. That painful experience helped her gain a new compassion for others and greater understanding of Christ’s words: “Let any … Continue reading Throwing Stones

What We Are Owed

“But I’m entitled!!” Have you ever heard someone say this when it was clearly not true? It may not have been with these exact words, but the statement, or focus, was based upon their self-importance? I think I have not only heard it, but have also thought and said it at the most inappropriate times. There is currently a little boy who believes the entire … Continue reading What We Are Owed

Complacency

A man whom I wish to not reveal the name of has been heavy on my mind throughout the last several months. This man is an acquaintance, and he is someone whom I have known for many years. I will use the name ‘Bill’ throughout the post for the name of my acquaintance. Bill and I began speaking to each other off and on nearly … Continue reading Complacency

“My Way Or The Highway,” Said The Woman.

I’m not really sure? Is there any way I can live my life doing what is pleasing to the Lord, being sure that I’m still saved when I sin? There are two different ways nearly all believers (Christ followers) answer this question. Too many sins = hell. Or, we are saved no matter how terrible we are. I’m not sure which one is correct? I’ve … Continue reading “My Way Or The Highway,” Said The Woman.

Joyrides

Trying times can bring many different things to us as individuals. I took a long drive today. My wife works thirds on the weekends and two of my three kids always go to their grandparent’s home for the two days. Our twelve-year-old stays secluded in his room, literally all weekend, and plays Fortnite. It is absolutely his obsession right now. I have my feelings about … Continue reading Joyrides

The Mean and Abusive Christian

For the past few days I have been hung up on the abusive words of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Before I am judged as a hypocrite, I would like to explain how and why I have been feeling this way. So often I read the words of others. There are categories and topics that I follow on WordPress that I will not … Continue reading The Mean and Abusive Christian

3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge!

I want to thank my brother in Christ Ryan Callahan at authorryanc.com for choosing me to participate in the 3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge. Check out his encouraging blog and be blessed! His challenge word for me is: Peace   The Rules Of This Challenge Are As Follows: Thank the Selector Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day Select 3 bloggers to take … Continue reading 3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge!

“You Really Get On My Nerves, But I Still Love You!”

Originally posted on My Journey:
My kids are just that; kids. They are rambunctious, rebellious at times and full of energy that cannot be contained. They drive their mother and I up the wall. We get frustrated with them. Our patience is pushed to the limits. We sometimes find ourselves raising our voices, taking privileges away and grounding them. Some days are easier than others… Continue reading “You Really Get On My Nerves, But I Still Love You!”

What We Leave With Others

“Your legacy is defined in the values, the convictions and the hope you bestow upon the world. Therefore, it is not just something you leave – it is something you entrust.” – Unknown writer for The Salvation Army When I pass the man with the cardboard sign, many things run through my mind. Usually, one of the first things is the wonder of his or … Continue reading What We Leave With Others

Only He Knows The Heart

Here’s some honesty. I purposely do not follow certain Christians on WordPress for one simple reason: They make me feel like I’m not good enough. There are a few categories that I follow, and I find many writings within these categories from individuals all over the world. Different interpretations of His Word. Different feelings of what the meaning is. Lots of personal opinions. Lots of … Continue reading Only He Knows The Heart

“You Really Get On My Nerves, But I Still Love You!”

My kids are just that; kids. They are rambunctious, rebellious at times and full of energy that cannot be contained. They drive their mother and I up the wall. We get frustrated with them. Our patience is pushed to the limits. We sometimes find ourselves raising our voices, taking privileges away and grounding them. Some days are easier than others when it comes to dealing … Continue reading “You Really Get On My Nerves, But I Still Love You!”

Our Need To Be Liked, No Matter The Cost

We pass the many homes lining the streets. At a glance, they are usually still. We see the exterior boundaries that surround an unknown world inside. In the evening, early morning or during a cloudy day, we may see a light through a window. We may occasionally catch a glimpse of movement. Those exterior walls guard against intruders. They provide safety and security. All of … Continue reading Our Need To Be Liked, No Matter The Cost

People Run From People Who Judge Them, And Run To People Who Love Them 

Within the last several years, my heart has gone through many changes. There has definitely been a drastic change in how I view the world, others, and how my whole perspective of both has developed into what it is at this very moment. There was a definitive moment in which these drastic changes began to take place. There was a time, approximately six or seven … Continue reading People Run From People Who Judge Them, And Run To People Who Love Them 

A Day Just Like Any Other

I’ll never forget where I was when I had heard that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. It was a Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001. I was outside loading a delivery truck for the company I had been working for. The radio was on as I was loading items in the cab of the truck. The actual sound of the impact … Continue reading A Day Just Like Any Other

He Stands At My Door

It has been yet another long work week, and I have been so incredibly thankful for this day of rest. I woke at 2 A.M. this morning, which is not even close to the time I’d wished to get up on a Saturday. This past week has been very hard on my body. But, I woke up and spent some time writing, reading and just … Continue reading He Stands At My Door

His Cocktail Of Chaos

There is a guy I have known for nearly ten years. A quiet man who obviously lives with a lot of frustration. He is in his late fifties, has no children, has never been married and lives alone. I know a few things about him that have really made my heart bleed for him on more than one occasion. From the little I have gathered … Continue reading His Cocktail Of Chaos

Let It Go

It is hard to sit and think about a situation that someone is going through, and not be able to say a word to them about what could be done in order for their pain to be relieved. To know just how to reach a point of healing by taking the right steps. When you have “been there and done that,” it is already water … Continue reading Let It Go

Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds

We are greedy, are we not? We have an insatiable appetite for more. We must acquire! But really, how much is enough? Are we ever fulfilled? I have a different appetite than the next guy. We are all unique, and we all have different needs. I don’t need a Jaguar to transport myself to a six-figure place of employment, but my neighbor does. Perhaps he … Continue reading Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds

“You’re Grounded! For Life!”

“This Bible! So many rules!” This is the mindset I had several years ago. As I was being introduced to the Lord and learning about His Word, everything that I was reading was about a bunch of rules, and how I did not measure up. I would read, go to a “church” that constantly reminded of how imperfect I was, and beat myself to a … Continue reading “You’re Grounded! For Life!”

A Father I’ve Never Known

I grew up with a lot of friends who had cool dads. I realize that many of them may not have thought that their dad was very cool, but I had a different view of them. In my eyes, these men were not like my dad. They were not always distant, and preoccupied. They were engaging in the things that dads do with their children. … Continue reading A Father I’ve Never Known

The Signs That We Keep Passing By

Another day of His choosing. He has blessed me with another day, and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful for the things that He has been showing me this past week. I watched a few good movies over the weekend, and they really spoke to me. They were movies that had a message of the healing power of the Lord. I didn’t … Continue reading The Signs That We Keep Passing By

Processing His Progression

We used to have an Atari game system in my home as I was growing up. The graphics were very poor in quality when compared to those of games today, but they were fun. We had big blocky computers at our school, with green and black monitor display. My mother had a typewriter that I remember playing with. I think it weighed about three hundred … Continue reading Processing His Progression

A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

Many things enter my mind that I not only make a mental note of, but also enter into the memo app on my phone. They are things of importance that I know will be forgotten within a short amount of time. Periodically, I go into my memo and take a look at my short thoughts from the past. I’ve read one of my notes today … Continue reading A Spiritual Shelter of Refuge

A Friend For Life

Sometimes others just need a buddy. I have a friend who is quite a bit older than me. We have known each other for well over thirty years. When I was very young, my buddy was already an adult. He was always walking around the neighborhood, and never wandered far from his home. An accident had left him with multiple injuries to his brain and … Continue reading A Friend For Life