A promise is something that cannot change. It cannot morph into something else. A promise can only be kept – or broken. If you can’t make good on a promise, don’t make it in the first place.
We bought a power washer. After borrowing one, we became instant believers. Gone was the greenish mossy mold on the house siding. The deck changed back to its natural wood color instead of the dingy gray-brown it had sported for a couple of seasons. Honestly, the difference was stunning. The cleaning power of water is pretty convincing. And power tools make life easier.
What would our lives be without power tools, not to mention our computers and technology gadgets? How would we ever function if there was a power blackout? We need power.
During this global COVID-19 pandemic, we should be reaching for God’s Power Tools often. His tool box is open with resources for every person. And His tools are free! No rental or purchase fees.
Do you know how it feels to be at your edge? Perhaps you have been living there for a long time. It’s scary to live at the edge of what you can manage, what you can cope with. Scripture gives advice, but – at first read, it feels a little unrealistic. When you read the progressive list from Rom. 5:3-5 (check it out), you instinctively know you can’t do that stuff in your own strength. It’s not normal.
You are who you are, and if you are synced with God, you are what God wants you to be. It may be different than what you had wanted. You may have had a completely different picture in your mind. But if you are synced with God, you have character.
What does synced with God mean? Read More …
Weary vs lazy! What a challenging subject. If you’re reading this, you are likely not lazy. If you are weary, you might feel fatigued as you read. Why are you reading this article? Maybe you are lazy and realize you need a good kick in the pants. Maybe you are weary and thirst for hope . . . and wondered if you’d find a dribble here.
Whatever your motive, I hope you find what you need.
How can you take the sour load life dumps on you and squeeze out a glass of something sweet? Your heart was created by a Designer to do 7 very specific things as you live your life in “Lemon Land.” Every one of these 7 things flows out of a very specific character quality: FAITH!
Depression and Pain are cousins. Sometimes they come visiting . . . and linger too long as your “guests.” More often, they feel like predators. As much as you want them OUT, you feel helpless to make them leave. You cannot shake the depression. Or perhaps it’s the pain, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. So, instead you find yourself asking questions like:
- Why is this condition present?
- Why won’t it leave?
- What have I mismanaged that this continues?
- Am I being punished?
- Why do I have to live with circumstances I would never wish on anyone?
Part 1 stated that while you hope, pray, and wait for a good marriage partner, you should also be doing certain things to “be becoming” a quality partner, yourself. The list of doing centered strongly around excellent character qualities. In fact, it’s a list of qualities many are hoping to find in a future spouse. (To refresh, click on Part 1.
So, how do you become mature, hard-working, kind, honest, authentic, gentle, fun, and humble? Wow. That is a really good question. You can’t just go to Wal-Mart and fill your cart with those qualities. And I’m pretty certain you can’t order them on line. So where do they come from? How can a person load up on them? How much do they cost? Read More …