If we could have coffee today, I’d say, "You’re part of a plan!" When you look at the future, you wonder what’s ahead. How will everything work out? Where are you going? What will tomorrow bring? You can rest assured that there is One who already knows the answer to all of those questions.
In the gospel of Luke, Jesus asks a question. "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?" Planning is crucial to any endeavor. The old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
You've likely already seen the images of destruction on the news from tornadoes that ripped through Mayflower and Vilonia here in Arkansas, as well as Quapaw in Oklahoma and Baxter Springs in Kansas. Yesterday, additional storms caused even more widespread damage in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and several other states.
Dr. Richard Dobbins has been in counseling for about 40 years. He made this statement: "In all my years at Emerge Ministries, I have never had someone with significant issues who had adequate verbal love expressed by their parents. " That is a huge, time-bomb statement made by an expert.
"Liesel observed her foster Father's eyes. They were made of kindness, and silver. Like soft silver, melting. Liesel, upon seeing those eyes, understood that her father was worth a lot. " A few months ago I read those words in a story by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief.
If we could have coffee today I'd say, "You've already won!" You've been fighting a hard battle. Behind closed doors, within the quietness of your heart, in the hours when it seems the rest of the world is sleeping. You are a warrior, my friend. A person of courage. Yes, you.
Husbands and wives may be different in the way they view money. Some like to save, some spend. Some like detail and looking at numbers, while others don’t want to be bothered with the details. The fact is that God has made us different for a reason.
If I could ask you to name one of your biggest highlights from the past month, how would you respond? Was it a Spring break trip with the family? Maybe God taught you something new through your church or small group? Or, maybe you just discovered that you will be getting a refund on your taxes! For us, the highlight was...
Most of the women had left the room. I could sense that she wanted to flee, but something kept her feet rooted to the floor. "I've been told for years that when I forgive myself I'll be free," she said. "But I can't do it. I've tried.
What is a "comfort zone?" Comfort zones are invisible barriers of belief, attitude and behavior that make us feel comfortable and secure. Comfort is good unless it restricts us from needed change.