Real Faith

Thomas, like many, doubted that Jesus was resurrected. This morning in John 20:26-29 (KJV), I read, “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ Then saith he to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, … Continue reading Real Faith

Alive And Well

My wife had asked me this past week to put up the Christmas tree and decorations over the weekend. It was nice spending a little time by myself reminiscing as I went through some of the decorations and memories. I found an ornament my grandmother had made. A gift ornament from 1985, several ornaments our kids had made throughout the last several years and strings … Continue reading Alive And Well

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!

“I’m Not So Sure…”

My company hired a man as an outside sales representative a few years ago. He was a friendly man. He always seemed to have a smile on his face, and a kind word to say. As I got to know this man, I learned a few things about him. He had a terrible temper. The fits that he would throw at certain times were pretty … Continue reading “I’m Not So Sure…”

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

Originally posted on My Journey:
As things in my life are being dismantled, the destructive things, the things that I no longer find beneficial, I often put those things down and leave them alone. For a long time, maybe a year or so, I had a terrible habit that I truly hated. I would deliberately not purchase this habit, or engage in it. Many times… Continue reading Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

“Your Mental Illness Comes From Not Loving God Enough.”

Really?! Pain and suffering. Physical, mental, and Spiritual. I have heard it so many times. “You need to get right with the Lord in order for that pain to go away!” I read this today, and it is, in my humble opinion, great insight. We are going to have pain and suffering for reasons we may never know. There are tools in His creation that … Continue reading “Your Mental Illness Comes From Not Loving God Enough.”

Sometimes, Life Just Sucks!

Our own toxicity is sometimes what keeps us from moving forward. I had a brief talk with a co-worker yesterday about what we choose to fill our lives with, and how those things affect us. The conversation started out by me saying something that was interpreted as negative, and it was. I was very tired yesterday when first arriving. Unable to accurately recognize emotions in … Continue reading Sometimes, Life Just Sucks!

The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

There has been many bad habits I have developed throughout my life. It started with a simple beginning. That first time I had chosen to smoke a cigarette, drink a cup of coffee, snort a line of meth, or say that first curse word. All of these things transformed into a lengthy battle within that I would lose, many times over. All of these things … Continue reading The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

How We Have Served

I had a talk with my manager at my job last year. It was an interesting conversation to say the least. He had walked upstairs within the building that we work in. I was off in the distance of that floor when I heard him call me over. My boss and I have had many talks before. We see each other often and pass the … Continue reading How We Have Served

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 

In His Time

Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! -Psalm 27:14 (ESV) Sounds easy enough, right? Wait for the Lord to heal a loved one of cancer? Wait for the Lord to bring us peace after the death of a loved one? Wait for the Lord to take the heroin addiction away from a brother? We want it … Continue reading In His Time

Patiently Waiting For A Brighter Day

Patience. I can truly say that I haven’t really had much of it throughout my life. Impatience was always a big part of who I was. Within the strands of my life, there have been many lessons that have led me to a better understanding of patience. I’m thinking deeply about it this morning. I believe the early childhood trauma played a part in my … Continue reading Patiently Waiting For A Brighter Day

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

I’m Not At Peace

I’m not always a happy-go-lucky guy. In fact, I’m downright perturbed at times. This morning, I am thinking deeply about some of the facts within my life. To “count it all joy,” as it says in James 1:2-4, is not always a realistic thing for me to accomplish. My heart is full of real struggles, many emotions, and a loving relationship that is communicated through … Continue reading I’m Not At Peace

Running Away From The Unknown

I remember one particular day back when I was in high school. I had decided to leave the school through a side door. I used to do that often. I would show up, attend a few classes and then leave for the day. I probably had a pack of cigarettes and a little bit of cannabis, so I was okay. It was usually all that … Continue reading Running Away From The Unknown

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

A Clearer View Of My Yesterdays

Why do we complicate this life that God has given us? It was a marvelous world when I was very young. I had a very peaceful place that I would visit quite often called “grandma and grandpa’s house,” and they had a very big yard that I would explore. There were many different types of trees, beautiful rose bushes, a garden full of different types … Continue reading A Clearer View Of My Yesterdays

“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

An Unexpected Friend

Over the years, there have been many dreams that have left their mysterious messages embedded within my memories. I had a dream about my friend who’d passed away twelve years ago this coming September. In the dream, Metallica was coming to our city. Metallica is a heavy metal band, and back when my friend and I were at our closest, we both liked their music. … Continue reading An Unexpected Friend

Still Waters

There is a landscape display in my city that has a constant flow of water springing from the rocks within it. The water supply is never shut off. It is constantly being circulated through the pumps that force the water to the top of the rocks. The water cascades down the stone, and the pumps repeat the cycle. It is a nice display. Pleasing to … Continue reading Still Waters

What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And Truth?

Question: “What does it mean to worship the Lord in spirit and truth?” Answer: The idea of worshipping the Lord “in spirit and truth” comes from Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4:6-30. In the conversation, the woman was discussing places of worship with Jesus, saying that the Jews worshipped at Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped at Mount Gerizim. Jesus had … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Worship The Lord In Spirit And Truth?

The Spotlight Is Incredibly Blinding

What we accomplish has great reward. We set out to do a good deed, or go to a school in order to receive a degree. We work our way up the ladder within the corporate world. As we progress in whatever success we have dedicated ourselves to, we reflect on the work that we have put in. We experience feelings of euphoria, or happiness. We … Continue reading The Spotlight Is Incredibly Blinding

“How Do We Get There?”

A writing by Terry “Going To Church” is Not in the Bible There is nothing righteous about a building. There is also nothing righteous about a home or a living room. Most people agree that the building where people meet is not the church. It’s funny though how 99 out of 100 individuals will emphatically nod their head and say “Right, the building is not … Continue reading “How Do We Get There?”

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 New Way To Begin

The appreciation for each morning has really evolved over that past few years. I lost a good friend in 2006, and it was a very trying time for me. My buddy, who actually was one of my enemies for years prior, became one of the most trusted confidants I have ever known. We would have the deepest conversations, and he was one of the reasons … Continue reading A New Way To Begin

The Devil Laughs As I Go

Sometimes my walk with the Lord is a very real emotional rollercoaster. Yesterday started off very nice. It was a peaceful morning, and I had planned on meeting a friend of mine who needed a helping hand later within the day. The weather outside was nice. Bright, and calm. I had accomplished some things around the outside of the house that needed to be done. … Continue reading The Devil Laughs As I Go

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

The Competition Within Ourselves

There was a certain kid in my grade as I was growing up who always had to win. Basketball was his favorite thing to do, and he was always practicing in the parking area behind his home. When we would play at school, I remember the kid yelling about bad plays, or bad shots. He was always so frustrated with everyone, and I’m sure it … Continue reading The Competition Within Ourselves

Another Path To Clear

Throughout the past several months, I have been running the gauntlet of emotional turmoil. There is a battle that has been brewing between myself and my parent. We have not been able to communicate, have become very distant because of events that have taken place, and we are about to meet with a therapist to begin the healing process. Unfortunately, I am not ready to … Continue reading Another Path To Clear

The Mysterious Trail Of Thoughts

There are days where I am so deep in thought. It seems to be a thing I’ve carried as I walk along the roads of my journey. In past times, I would periodically sit in the woods for hours, just thinking. Thinking about the life I was living, and how empty it really was. I would think about all of the ugliness within it. I … Continue reading The Mysterious Trail Of Thoughts

Reaping What We Have Sown

There are some things that are not very good for us. For instance, it is not wise to eat fried foods all of the time. Although it may be delicious, it has numerous ways of harming our health. We may choose to smoke heavily, and that also has its consequences. If we were to drive over flooded roads during heavy rains, we would run the … Continue reading Reaping What We Have Sown

Driving Past A Man Like Me

There is a part of the westside of my city that has a large population of homeless people. Several times a week, I drive past these men and women who are on the street corners. With a cardboard sign in their hand, along with a dejected expression upon their faces, they wait for a handout. The signs read, “God bless,” or “Anything helps.” Some appear … Continue reading Driving Past A Man Like Me