…is Our God. Blogging Note: My dear friends, it seems no matter how hard I try to return to blogging on a regular basis that it just isn’t possible at the present time. And so, I suspect that I will be posting briefly and periodically (but not as I did previously) until the time that […]
‘The origin of species is exactly what Darwin cannot explain’ David Gelernter, a famed Yale University professor, has publicly renounced his belief in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, calling it a “beautiful idea” that has been effectively disproven. Gelernter, who is known for predicting the World Wide Web and has developed many complex computing tools […]
Our company left this morning for Utah. It was a pleasure seeing them again and we so enjoyed visiting with them. Before they came, the husband asked if they could bring their dog to our home. He said she was well behaved and they had spent thousands of hours training her. So jokingly, I said, ” So you’re saying she is better behaved than we are! He replied with a laugh, “Yes, I guess I am.”
True to form, Moxie was everything they said and more. It was one of the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen. It was polar white and had dark eyes and a dark nose. It was absolutely striking in its beauty and demeanor. I had never had a dog in my home that was so beautiful and well trained. We later learned she had been a search and rescue dog and had been trained in multiple areas in order to find missing persons. They had indeed spent thousands of hours training her.
She was an older dog but was still beautiful. Lying in bed the first night of their visit, I said to my husband, “That dog is SO beautiful!” To which he replied, “It’s the spirit of the dog you see.” I thought about his remark for a while. He was right; the sweetness of the dog was coming through in my every interaction with her.
That got me to thinking. As I age, I want to have an inner beauty about me. When people look at me, I want them to see a beautiful spirit inside of me shining through. How can I achieve that?
Well for sure, I know a few ways that will help make me into the beautiful person I want to be. One is by spending time with the Lord in His Word. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3: 15-17. If I do this, I will be well trained and able to handle the situations I encounter in a godly manner.
The second way is by yielding my life to the Holy Spirit and letting Him develop His fruit in my life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal. 5: 22-23. A person with that kind of spirit will be truly beautiful and a delight to be around.
Yes, beautiful and well trained…that’s what I want to be!
My Sunday hike by the flooding Mississippi got me thinking. We all experience floods in our lives: unexpected situations which sweep through our lives, uprooting routine and confusing our plans. Sometimes all we can do is hold on, tread water… and pray. We can be flooded with fear, flooded with pain, even flooded with joy. […]
The Areopagus in Athens puts Ancient Greece in its proper perspective This morning, we walked through Athens to the Areopagus, the location of a judicial court, where Paul made his “To an Unknown God” sermon to the Athenians with—wait for it— the Acropolis in the background with its temples to Athena, Poseidon, Erechtheus and other […]
For two weeks, I have been watching the birds on our patio. They have gone from this:
The mother and father have been feeding them worms night and day and they have grown by leaps and bounds. They are almost ready to fledge. They’re standing on the side of the nest moving their wings up and down waiting for the day when they can fly on their own.
Nutritionally, I can see that worms are actually a super food for birds…that’s for sure. But is that something I should be touting for humans? Not necessarily. You can eat worms if you desire but unless they are cultivated on a worm farm and clean, you might get parasites and some pretty bad germs from them.
Diets go in and out of fashion according to the fad of the day. For the past few months, it has been the Keto diet. Every ad seems to be touting it and people are sharing its benefits with others and recommending they try it. I’m sure that the diet works for some but it may be unhealthy for others. Everyone has the responsibility to check out the efficacy of a diet before they go on it, but as we know, not everyone does their due diligence.
Last week, I heard of a woman who overdid on the Keto diet. She ended up in the hospital with kidney failure. I was not surprised at the news as my father died from kidney failure. When your kidneys are failing, you must limit the amount of protein you take in. The woman may not have had healthy kidneys to begin with but she was unaware of that fact.
I guess the moral here is that just because a diet works for some people and does them no harm does not necessarily mean it is right for everyone, especially yourself. I went on the Keto diet a few decades ago when it was called The Adkins Diet. I lost six pounds in three days and knew that something wasn’t quite right. It was not a good fit for me so I immediately went off of it.
Fad diets come and go and eating trends change every few years. Remember gluten free? It was such a fad that thousands began eating gluten free when they didn’t need to. I’m sure many didn’t check out the downside of eating that way and the nutrients you miss if you leave certain grains completely out of your diet. Let’s be smart about fad diets and eating trends. Just because it is the latest trend does not mean it is necessarily good for us in the long run!
He was picked most likely to succeed in High School. Bill Hall was his name. A tall, slender young man with an innovative mind. He was always trying to make things and people better. But after graduating from college, it… Read More ›
Early in the Fourth Century A.D., it is a perilous time to be a Christian. Things are about to change as Constantine, the Caesar from the north, has invaded Italia and is about to march on Rome. Livia Arvum, a young grieving widow, is unaware of how these events will soon touch her life. Lucius Marius, a Senatorial Legate, is racing towards Rome with news of Constantine’s plans when he is knocked off his chariot because of the Arvum’s sheep. Recuperating in their home, he becomes infatuated with Livia and decides she is the recompense he wants for the injuries he has sustained.
Will Livia have to betray her beliefs and morals in order to protect her family? Is there any way out of the situation? Will she ever find love again? Come join Livia on her journey as she leaves her home and finds God’s unexpected provision for her.
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A few weeks ago my son came over to visit. We were talking and he began the next part of the conversation with, “Mom, I know this is a First World problem, but…” He then proceeded to talk about something he was thinking about purchasing. After he left, I thought about what he had said as far as First World problems went.
We know that in the Third World, many people suffer from a lack of basic necessities, i.e., sanitation, potable water, food, shelter, safety, and access to basic medical care. Most people are just trying to survive in desperate circumstances. When we go to one of these countries, we are shocked by the conditions that people are living in; that’s what characterizes the Third World.
In the First World, the average citizen has most of his basic necessities. There are people without adequate health care and some live in areas where they are concerned about safety, but in general, most of us have our basic needs met. We then deal with First World problems such as: “Which house or car should I buy?” “Which doctor should I go to?” Which job should I take, the one I like or the one that pays more?” We can indeed be stressed when we are in the middle of these decisions, but if we ask ourselves the right question, we can lower our stress level.
When we are stressing over consumer decisions, it would do us well to change our perspective and ask ourselves what kind of a problem are we dealing with…First World or Third World? If it is a First World problem, let’s take a few moments, breathe and take stock. Usually, we are not facing issues of survivability, we are facing issues of desirability. If that is the case, let’s lower the temperature in the room and get a grip. Yes, we will have to make a decision but it will be one born of choice not of necessity. That knowledge alone should give us a sense of peace.
What kind of problems are you dealing with today…First World or Third World?
By merely speaking, God’s breath brought all things into being. Open your mouth right now and let out a breath. God did that and all things were created! From the cosmos to the microscopic. “He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” (Job 5:9 [NIV]) “ Stop and consider God’s wonders.” […]