The holiday season is upon us now, and many people will entertain family and friends in their homes. With much company comes much noise. It’s always a joy to have company and fellowship one with another; however, as much as we enjoy it sometimes, we are ready to enjoy quietness. Sometimes I enjoy going to […]
How do you define the word, “promise”? I thought a long time about it and finally decided I would use a dictionary. I looked up the word promise and found this definition: promise — a declaration made, as to another person, with respect to the future, giving assurance that one will do, not do, give, […]
A few weeks ago, my 2-year-old great-granddaughter discovered shadows for the first time. Noelle is a very cute and inquisitive little girl. Her mother put her to bed for the evening, and it wasn’t long before they heard her crying. Lyndsay, her mother, went into Noelle’s room to see what the problem was. Noelle pointed […]
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 Most of us have learned when we work, we work, but when we pray, God works. Prayer is powerful. When we pray, the divine power of God is released. The power in prayer is God’s power, which is activated by prayer. “Prayer is not eloquence but […]
My parents were very insistent that wherever we were going we should be on time. They set the example, and we learned by it. There is always an exception of being late, and I’m sure we have all experienced that. However, whenever possible everyone should do their best to be on time. To be on […]
When we start out in our life, most people begin by developing a special friendship with one special friend. Some children begin by becoming friends with a schoolmate or a neighbor. This becomes someone special in their life that they can trust and have something in common with. “Be cautious with whom you associate, and […]
If you are anything like I am, I enjoy being around people who are of good cheer. Nothing can ruin your day more than being around a person who is always negative, critical, crabby, and down in the dumps about life in general. Don’t misunderstand me. I realize every now and then we all have […]
Have a Nice Day! When was the last time someone said to you, “Have a nice day?” One way you can have a nice day is to tell someone else to have a nice day. If you don’t believe me, try it. You will be pleasantly surprised. You may be thinking, as you read this […]
I remember when I was very young, my parents bought me a little book that told the story of a little train trying to climb a mountain.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” [Psalm 33:12]. America, with all of its needs and problems, is still the greatest country in the world. I am reminded every day, as I look out my front window and see the flag waving in the air, just how blessed we really are. How thankful […]
What are priorities? Where have they gone? Are they still important? Can they change your life? What effect do they have on you and others if you fail to keep them? When you pause and give serious thought to the word “priority,” you will conclude it plays a very vital part in your life and […]
If you really want a blessing once in awhile, do something nice for a friend or a stranger, and do not accept any pay for it. You will experience that giving is a blessing.
PRIORITIES What are priorities? Where have they gone? Are they still important? Can they change your life? What effect do they have on you and others if you fail to keep them? When you pause and give serious thought to the word “priority”, you will conclude that it plays a very vital part in your […]
For many years, every morning I have taken my daily vitamins. My daughter, Karen, tells me what I should take and I follow her instructions. I’m not really sure what they do for me, however, they don’t seem to hurt me so I will continue. Today, I want to remind you of some B-vitamins that […]
PRAYER We all know that breathing is essential to stay alive. Praying is also essential to stay spiritually alive. Prayer time is not always easy for us. Sometimes we find it very difficult to make time to pray as we should. In Luke 11:1 the disciples said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” First, […]
We are all in the process of growing old, whether we like it or not. I have heard it said, “You are only young once.” I’m not sure just how long young is. I have known people who in their early 20s were already starting to grow old. Some had physical issues and other issues […]
I was thinking recently about my parents who are now both in heaven. The thought came to me about my years of growing up, and it suddenly dawned on me the many times they forgave me of my actions and even worse. They forgave me because they loved me.
What has happened to the word “conduct?” I recall when I was a young man growing up, the word conduct was often mentioned in our home and school. It was instilled in me by my parents that I practice good conduct in my everyday life. It was unheard of to walk in front of a […]
“How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house … I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:1-4, 10 How important is the church to you? Is it just a building or […]
My friend, Jan, often quotes Psalm 118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” How often do you quote that scripture and practice what is says? It’s a very good scripture and I hear people often quote it; however, it’s a scripture we must have […]