Thankful for Good Service (12 at 8) - Shopping is an activity that I usually enjoy, although the closer it gets to the holidays, the less my enthusiasm for being surrounded by hundreds of others searching for the "perfect" gift.
Spiritual Influences (11 at 6) -
I am in a particularly reflective mood this week (although that is not saying much, as I am nearly always in a reflective mood!). Tonight I started thinking about various people that God has gifted me with who have been powerful spiritual influences on my life.
While I am surrounded with many great influences in my family, church and among my friends, there are some influences that are no longer with me for one reason or another.
The Lost Horse (09 at 9) - This story is a good reminder that not everything is as bad (or as good) as it sometimes seems.
9/11 and the Sovereighnty of God (09 at 8) - September 11, 2001 was, for me, memorable. It marked the first morning of a very special trip with my wife to the quaint town of Chatham on Cape Cod.
Black, White and Gray (11 at 9) - Life would be so much easier if everything was black and white. Instead, it's filled with a lot of grays.
Praise Preceding Deliverance (10 at 8) - As I read through the Old Testament, sometimes I am stunned by the Israelites' lack of faith in trusting a God who delivered them time and time again.
Hitting the Wall (09 at 8) - Cut, paste, and send this to your teens or use it as an "Attention Getter" in a class or devo.
Life Is Fleeting (08 at 7) - The tragic scene at Virginia Tech has reminded me that life is fleeting. That's certainly not a new revelation, but one that I need to be reminded of from time to time.
Me, Me, Me (07 at 5) - By the time the worship service and Sunday school were over, I just wanted to get out of there and go home and take a nap. I found myself being less than my usual friendly self with people who were talking to me because I was focused on how tired I was.
Someone Needs This Prayer (06 at 5) - There are several prayers offered on behalf of the saints throughout the New Testament. I am learning to adopt these prayers as my own in praying for myself as well as for others.
Fresh Start (05 at 6) - Last night, I intended to spend much of the evening reading and studying my Bible. Instead, I spent much of it surfing the Internet, catching up on news stories and other people's blogs.
Expect the Unexpected (04 at 8) - Often things happen in our lives that are totally unexpected. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not but God is always in control.
Praying for Others (03 at 6) - Perhaps the two most powerful words in the English language are "I'm sorry." Surely the three most powerful words are "I love you". In my opinion, the four most powerful words are "I'm praying for you."
Am I the Only One? (02 at 7) - "That's great for them, but that would never happen to ME."
Excuses, Excuses (01 at 6) - How many times have I uttered excuses to rationalize my behavior?
Gift Giving (12 at 5) - If you were going to receive an unlimited gift card to any store or retailer of your choice, what would you choose?
Waiting for Daddy (02 at 5) - While my boyfriend's out of town for a week and a half,
I'm being a sweet girlfriend and dogsitting his dog Fletcher. It's actually not
a chore at all; I adore Fletcher and he loves me and my own dog loves him as
well, so we're all one big happy furry family right now.
A Lesson in the Tall Grass (02 at 5) - I mowed
my grass tonight. It really needed it. Between the bouts of rain we've had,
90-something degree weather every day, and a hectic schedule the last couple of
weeks, I'd neglected to cut it.
The Final Score (02 at 5) - The other night my boyfriend and I caught the re-airing
of last season's SEC football championship game between Auburn and Tennessee.
With him being a huge Auburn fan and me being a non-Tennessee fan (by virtue of
my being a huge Alabama fan), we both enjoyed watching the game again.
Although there were parts of the game that we didn't enjoy (hearing "Rocky
Top" just once is usually enough to have it stuck in my head all evening),
we could relax as we watched it because we knew what the final score would be
Skipping Thanksgiving (02 at 5) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The problem
is, it's not even November yet. Christmas is still a couple of months away.
But from the looks of many stores in the area, you'd think that ole Saint Nick
was about to scurry down the chimney.
Amazing Love (02 at 5) - Perhaps you heard the story this week of Tina Marie Stebbins of San
Bernadino, California. In June 2002, Stebbins' boyfriend shot her, then held
her hostage in his family's garage for six days before she was taken to a
As I see pictures and hear stories of the
devastation caused by Katrina, I am reminded of how truly blessed I am. Please
don't let me lose sight of all that You've given me.
Pigeonholed (02 at 5) - It seems like every other week or so, I get an e-mail with a fun little
personality quiz attached. Thanks to these oh-so-scientific quizzes, I know now
what kind of dessert I would be, what sign of affection I most resemble, and
where I rate on Dr.
Soaking (02 at 5) - Tonight I had
camp stew for dinner. The large stainless spoon rest I used got pretty greasy,
but rather than attack it right away with the olí scouring pad, I let it soak
in some dishwashing liquid for a long while.
Waiting for Daddy (02 at 5) - While my boyfriend's out of town for a week and a half, I'm being a sweet girlfriend and dogsitting his dog Fletcher. It's actually not a chore at all; I adore Fletcher and he loves me and my own dog loves him as well, so we're all one big happy furry family right now.
I Wonder... (02 at 5) - I Wonder
There are many questions that I have that the Bible doesn't give answers to, at least not directly. I wonder a lot about Jesus' life growing up in Nazareth, dealing with being a divine, perfect being in an extremely imperfect world.
...if Jesus kept His room clean or if He was messy.
...if He wrestled with His brothers and/or Joseph.
...what His voice sounded like when He was going through puberty, if it cracked and sounded all squeaky.
...if He was ever tempted to heal Himself when He had a cold or
Biblical Time Machine (02 at 5) - There are many moments in Biblical history that I wish I could be transported into, to be a fly on the wall and see the action firsthand.
The creation, for instance--can you imagine anything more breathtaking than that?
Or the parting of the Red Sea.
Choosing My Words (02 at 5) - I'm still on the road to recovery from this sinus crud, feeling even better today. However, the crud seems to have wrapped itself squarely around my throat, and as a result I'm losing my voice.
License Plate Inspiration (02 at 5) - Although I don't enjoy fighting my way through traffic, one of the upsides of driving is spotting personalized license plates. Some are funny, some are stupid, others are puzzling and sometimes take a moment to dicipher.
The Impossible Made Possible (02 at 5) - I've been focusing a lot on the topic of surrender, namely surrendering my will, my desires, my life to God for His purposes. I'll be honest, it is not an easy feat.
I Love This Game (02 at 5) - Autistic teen's 20-point night touches all
GREECE, N.Y. -- Jason McElwain had done everything he was asked to do for the Greece Athena High School basketball team -- keep the stats, run the clock, hand out water bottles.
That all changed last week for the team manager in the final home game of the season.
Led by the Spirit (02 at 5) - "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matt. 5:6)
Life is good right now. The last couple of weeks have been stressful, mainly due to a heavy workload, but since I've been making a conscious effort to dedicate each day to God, He's enabled me to get a great amount of work done in a short amount of time.
Abundance (02 at 5) - It's funny how you can read
the same passage over and over, and still discover something new about it.
This morning I was reading John 6, where Jesus feeds the 5,000+ crowd with five
loaves of bread and a couple of fish.