March Gladness

No it's not a typo! This is not an article about Bracketology and College Basketball. It's my prayer for this spring to be a season of joy and gladness. I must confess that I am a huge College sports fan and I do get joy out of this time of year! As I was reading Philippians 2 in the Message Bible, I began to see some great suggestions for living a life filled with joy. See if you can pick some of them out…
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
So many things to ponder today! Be agreeable, loving, and deeply inve…

Dealing with Discouragement

So is there a way to take COURAGE out of disCOURAGEment? Can the pattern be broken and this disease be cured? Let’s counter the four causes with four remedies that can help us be strong and courageous.
Rest: Combat fatigue with rest…something that calms you. The most spiritual thing you can do when you’re tired is rest. Jesus said, come to me if you are weary and I will give you rest. Rest is not always an end to activity but often an exchange of activities. Exchange the things that weary you with some things that will refresh you.
Reorganize: You can eliminate the frustration of being overwhelmed by putting things in order…first things first…one thing at a time. Discouragement doesn’t necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing…maybe you are doing the right thing the wrong way. Try another approach…shake things up a bit. Start little, one space at a time, one pile on the desk…and keep going!
Remember: You take the punch out of fear by remembering God and how he has shown up for other…


Is discouragement a disease? Can it be cured? Discouragement can show up in many ways in our lives. Sometimes it manifests as depression. The question is how can we pull courage out of the discouragement? Let me offer some ways discouragement gets access to our lives so we can begin to close the gaps.
Fatigue: When you are tired and drained emotionally, you are a sure target for the infection known as discouragement. During fatigue your immune system is weakened, your defenses are low and things always look a lot worse than they are. You see this when you get half way through a major project and lose steam. When you feel fatigue, you’ll lose the intrigue. Frustration: There is nothing worse than seeing tasks pile up and having that overwhelmed feeling. It’s natural to feel this way. When trivial things show up and interrupt you and prevent you from accomplishing what you really need to do, your frustration can easily produce discouragement. When there’s frustration, there’s no elation. Fe…

Two is Better

Sometimes I am guilty of going off by myself to try and figure things out. Especially when I was younger I would alienate myself from other people in hopes that just being by myself could produce the answers that I was seeking. Often what happened was that I stayed confused about the situation and grew lonely in the process. We were not made to be lone rangers! In fact, things will always go better when you team up with others. When Jesus sent out the disciples to do the work of the ministry he sent them in two's. Why? Perhaps this verse in Ecclesiastes can explain... 4:9Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-…

Stay at Home King

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1  David stayed home. Yes, a stay at home King. Kings were supposed to go off and lead their troops in battle during the spring. Kings were supposed to be out in front of trouble. Kings were supposed to be with their troops. King David stayed home. What happened next was devastating. It was during this idle season that David found himself gazing at the neighbors wife and well, the downward spiral was awful. David wrecked himself, the family he betrayed and brought horrific consequences to his own family. There are always consequences for bad behavior.  Today's story makes me think about all of those harmful things that I've experienced in my life when I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Being out of balance, out of position and out of line always leads to…


Inspire me! What does it mean to be inspired? It means to be lifted to a higher level. I have an internal desire to be lifted higher in some way each and every day! There are just so many things and people pulling me down that I crave a little lift all the time! I think we all need to find places of inspiration and ways to be inspired. When our spirits are up, our energy and productivity increases too. Finding inspiration can be a challenge. Here's "5" ways that I find a little lift that might be useful for you too.

1-turn on your favorite music and spend a few moments sitting and listening with your eyes closed.
2-write down something that you would like to see in you...maybe a characteristic or an emotion. Sometimes you have to see it to be it.
3-find some folks that do what you want to do and have coffee or lunch together. Being in the presence of folks that are doing what you want to do can energize you and ignite your passion too.

4-take a walk without your headphon…

Joyful, Patient, and Faithful

Joyful, Patient and Faithful? That's a tall order. And at the same time?

How can I possibly be joyful- my job is changing and my income is being cut in half. And have you seen the news? How can I be full of joy? You must read the entire phrase…BE JOYFUL IN HOPE. You would never be expected to be thrilled by disappointing news but when you lean into Christ…when you exchange your weakness and humanity for his strength and divinity…there will be a change. It might not be in your circumstances but there will be a change in YOU! Christ IN YOU is the HOPE of glory. My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I frame my thinking with the understanding that Christ is in control and no matter what it may look like to me, He is all that I need in the trouble. That empowers me for the next part…
PATIENT IN AFFLICTION Nobody wants pain to last a long time. There isn’t a person I know who prays for more challenges! Since patience is built from the trying…