"Did you notice the reflection of the moon on the lake?" As I walked out on our front screened-in porch, I admired the reflections of the full moon and rejoiced at the incredible Valentine's gift from God. What a perfect ending to a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. Dinner. I had planned a romantic dinner that evening… Continue reading Valentine Reflections
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:15-18). Do the holidays bring painful memories and cloud your vision of God’s blessings? As I sought God to help me prepare for this coming season of Thanksgiving and celebration, I noticed some powerful biblical… Continue reading Preparing Your Heart and Mind for the Holidays
The radiant fog bank settled just above Lake Cortez at dawn, a stark contrast to the winter landscape surrounding my home. I tried to focus on my writing deadline, but I halted my work to observe the breath-taking view. The glowing mist at sunrise brought a familiar Bible verse to mind, encouraging me to embrace… Continue reading Sacred Moments
A few days ago, I read an inspiring article on the FamilyLife blog by Sabrina Beasley McDonald, "Finding My 'Kinsman Redeemer'." As I read Sabrina's touching story, I remembered praying for her a few years ago, as she faced her first Thanksgiving with her young children without her best friend and companion. Today, as I searched through my blog… Continue reading 8 Thanksgiving Promises
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about eucharisteo. I challenged you to begin a list of grace gifts you are thankful for. I began my list in the journal I always thought too beautiful for mere words to fill its pages. The book is perfect for this task. I'm no longer inhibited by it.… Continue reading My Eucharisteo List
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By day, I manage a large river resort, crossing paths with thousands of people every summer. The work requires long hours, exhausting days, and more headaches than I sometimes believe I can tolerate. For me, it tests God's mandate to be thankful for everything -- too often I fail the test. However, my writing is… Continue reading Writing Challenges into Gratitude