Archive for October, 2011

A genius passed yesterday. It is no secret that I am an Apple fiend. You can find just about anything put out by Apple in my home. Today, I am writing this on my iPad 2. So today is a sad day. Steve Jobs, creator and innovator of Apple, passed away yesterday after several years of battling cancer. There are eulogies all over the internet this morning. But this is one you need to read.

Jim Dennison offers up a daily devotion and I make it a habit to read it each day. But today I wanted share it with you. You can link to it here.

Have a blessed day today – and think about how you can make your life count today.






Read Full Post »

Trusting God in Trying Times

We all go through trying times.  In our region of the country, we are in the midst of a drought unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime.  There is talk of water rationing for the farmers and prices on all things escalating in the very near future.  In fact, we have already begun to see higher prices at the grocery store and other places.  I was in a meeting last week in which a speaker told the group that we could expect the cost of electricity in our homes to double as of January 1st, due to the fact that the EPA has passed a law that will prohibit the company from generating electricity by burning coal.

In our own community, the local government struggles daily to make ends meet.  There are a couple of big ticket items that are a constant drain on the budget and there is just no money to do some things that the city needs to do.  Things here in our small west Texas town look pretty bleak!

It would be easy to curl up in the fetal position and give up.  Things don’t look good.  In fact, if one continues to focus on these negative realities, hope can be lost.

But I ran across this passage this morning in Habakkuk.  Chapter 3 verses 17-19 say this:

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, 
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, 
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

When faced with trying times, we need to remember the source of our strength and the joy.  If our focus is on our situation, we will always face the possibility that we will lose hope and joy because trying times come to all of us.  But if our focus is on God, we will have contact with the source of all joy and hope.

Be blessed today!

Read Full Post »

Sometimes we need to stop and thank God for the beauty of creation.  This morning I got to the office a little early, so I did the unusual (which is not that unusual for me).  I took my coffee and climbed up on the roof of the church to see the sun come up.

A little extreme?  Maybe.  But I have found it inspiring not only to see God’s creation from that vantage point but also to see the community to which God has called me from that vantage point as well.

I wanted to share this sight with you from this morning.  God is good!  Stop today and take in what God has created and pause to give thanks!

Be blessed today!



Read Full Post »

When God Seems Distant

Have you ever felt God was distant – that your prayers seem to get no farther than the ceiling?  Maybe you feel that way today.

Here are some things to remember at such times:

  1. It is not uncommon to feel this way
  2. God is not distant – God may be silent but never distant
  3. Typically when we feel God is distant it is because we have moved – not God.  We have taken our focus off of our relationship with God and turned it to something or someone else

We must never forget that God promised to be with us always – Deuteronomy 31:6 says,   Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The thing we must always keep at the forefront of our minds is that God is always with us and God is completely trustworthy.  Jesus, on the cross felt abandoned.  God could not look on what was going on and for a moment, Jesus felt completely alone.  But he endured that loneliness because he understood the ultimate goal.

The result?  An empty tomb!

God can be trusted and God never leaves us.  Regardless of God’s silence, hold on to this promise today!

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts