Fulfilled

It’s so quiet. Our home was never a “loud” place. But, there was always a good deal of laughter and horsing around. Even just conversation would fill the air. There is still a bit of chatter and sounds of people doing their thing, but it feels quieter. I am involved in a more solitary life….

Character – Authentic Faith

We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. Romans…

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Sympathizers. Encouragers. Well-wishers. Helpers. Those who come alongside you in times of trouble. I have had many! And, I am thankful, and continue to be thankful, for their support! We all approach our own grief differently – this is true in how we approach somebody else’s grief, too. I understand a person’s orientation to trials…

Grief’s Selfish Design

My prayers have been very conversational, lately. I have been explaining my feelings to God and asking His help for very specific things. There is a confidence that I have when talking to God. When He assures me that all is under His control and I rest in His mighty hand, then I am calm…

Endurance – Faith Building

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation…

Affliction – A Stand in Grace

I am in the middle of heavy troubles…now what do I do? Romans 5:1-5 CSB [1] Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. [2] We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice…

Source of Joy

What is the true source of my joy? When the person who is most dear to me dies, the source of my joy may be revealed. Was my life and happiness bound in my relationship with my wife? Much of my happiness, in this world, certainly was. Our faithful relationship brought much joy, this is…

Dreaming of You

In 1998, Jana and I went to Cancun for our honeymoon. We stayed in a nice hotel on the beach and enjoyed visiting Mayan ruins, swimming, and the food. One night the movie “Selena” was on cable and we watched that together. From then on I always associated the music or the movie, itself, with…

A Cord of Three Strands

Friends. Good friends. Godly friends. When I speak of not “going alone”, the people around you are part of God’s plan for community and burden-sharing. He created us to be together, knit our lives into one tapestry of life and ministry, and to comfort and love each other – as He has loved us! Have…

Learning from Psalm 71

God, you have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim your wondrous works. Psalm 71:17 I could not count the lessons He has taught me in the last 22 years. God was working on me for a long time prior to that, too! He had patience with me, bearing with my mistakes and…