One day Jesus is rudely interrupted by a lawyer in the crowd who poses a question,” What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Rather than telling him to shut up Jesus responds, “What is written in the Law?” Continue reading →
Lately I have been experiencing a renewed commitment to prayer. I have less desire to talk about it and more of a desire to just practice it. I am praying more with my kids. I am praying more with my wife. I pray more with friends. I am praying more on my own.
I am going to work hard at eliminating that little bulge which developed around my belt line over Christmas. And I will try to smile more in 2012 or be more thankful, but I don’t need New Year’s resolutions to do that stuff. After all I feel Bono summed it up best, “Nothing changes on New Year’s day.” (except the color and size of the shades)
Christmas is coming (crazy fast) and all around the world millions of people will celebrate the birth of a little baby named Jesus. At least that’s what I thought was his name. Turns out the prophet Isaiah was trying to name him over 700 years before he was even born!
It’s been a week of little sleep. One of our kids is struggling through a time of many anxieties and fears. Quite a journey. Then a message from a friend whose high school was rocked by suicide. Tragic.
Tonight I reflect back on thanksgiving. I am sipping tea from a black mug with the large word HOPE inscribed. It also says …those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint [Is 40:31].
Thankfully I don’t keep a journal for an English teacher, a critical editor or future blog posts. You would likely scoff at much of what I write. But I will let you in on a little secret, I write for me. My journal keeping is a devotional exercise, through which I hone my communication skills with my heavenly Father, it is a spiritual discipline.
This morning I reflected on why I continue to attempt a regular practice of journaling. Continue reading →