personal growth

Down in My Heart – 6/29/2015

JOURNAL:  The integration of God’s Word into our lives is a tough thing.  But I believe that God calls us to exactly that…His truth changing our very lives.  It is not a natural thing for us but rather a supernatural thing for us…done with God’s help.

Skating Away – 6/9/2015

JOURNAL:  Sometimes, we just don’t realize when something is not a good idea.  At the time, in your head, it seems like a great idea…but then when plugged into real life…not so much.  Such a time was my experience last year when I found my daughter’s skateboard calling out to me in the garage.

Rooting for the Good Guy – 6/9/2015

JOURNAL:  In my front yard, my wife, Denice, and I have a tree with a planter around it.  It has some very pretty lily flowers in it that have come up the past two years.  We did not plant them but rather, they were already planted here when we moved into this house.  We just get to enjoy their beauty.  But along with their beauty, there is also something else that comes up along with them that are not nearly as pretty.  Yes, I am speaking of the ever present, sprouting and tenacious weeds.

Mom's Fifth Anniversary - 6/5/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  It's been five years now...five years since I lost the one that brought me into this world.  Losing a mom is a unique loss it seems to me.  Losing the one that has been there your whole life and was your gateway into this life.  In some ways, the loss seems like yesterday and in other ways it seems like forever ago.

A Bright Idea - 6/3/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  As a child, I was so bright, my dad use to call me son.  Now, as a Christian, I have the privilege to again be called, “a son” by my Heavenly Father.  Not because I am so great and wonderful and not because of my brightness.  It’s actually not because of anything that I have done but only because of what has been done for me on the cross when Jesus made a way for one such as me.  Thank you Jesus!!!

So with that great news, here is a verse for you today with a bright idea inside.

Carry on,
David​

Leaning and Learning – 4/28/2015

JOURNAL:  This life can have chapters of super fantastic times but it can have some chapters we would rather have just skipped.  There is so much that we do not understand and when hard times come and bad things happen, it is natural for us to wonder why.  But we don't see the whole book of our life.  We are only looking at today's page and drawing upon what has already been written.  We do not see what lies in the next chapter or more importantly, the last chapter of our lives.

A Choice - 4/15/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  We all have a choice to make.  Free will is exactly that...the right to choose.  With each choice we make, we reap the consequences of that choice...be it good or bad.  We are responsible in part for what our lives look like.  We have a say in how we mold our lives because of the gift of free will that God has given us all.

Finding Faith – 4/9/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Do you feel like you lack faith?  What is faith?  How do you get faith?  You can't find it on eBay or Craigslist and I have looked for it at the Christian book store and they are not selling it.  I have even been watching all the TV ads and so far, there no "faith pill" or buy one set of faith and get a second set free for only seven easy payments of $9.99.  So how exactly do we get this faith stuff anyway?

Give and Take – 4/7/2015

Give and TakeJOURNAL:  As I was leaving work yesterday, my friend, Larry, told me that he would be in late the next day.  He said he had to go to the dentist to get some final work done on a crown and added, “There’s a thousand dollars down the drain!”  I replied, “Yes, but not for the dentist.”  Then as I was leaving I shared with him the thought that popped into my head.  “One man’s drain is another man’s

The Great Conductor – 4/3/2015

JOURNAL:  Last night, my wife, Denice, and I went and watch, "No Greater Love.”  I cannot even tell you how many years we have been meaning to go see this production of the life of Jesus.  This local church has been putting on this production for the past thirty four years.  We were invited this year by my "red headed" daughter, Kelsey, her boyfriend, Andrew, and this year it happened.

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