Everyday Thankfulness

Recently I did a marathon of errands. I usually have a list of errands to do in a trip, so I can be more efficient. As I drove down the road and stopped into Target, a variety of thankfulnesses came to mind: “Thank You for the errands I can get done.  Thank You I can walk. Thank You for money to buy groceries. Thank You for clean water.” These are all little, everyday things in my life. But they would not be so little if I didn’t have them! With this burst of thankfulness came a burst of energy. My day is full of good gifts! IMG_20171212_101610755_HDR (2)

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Walk in Love

Walking.  Taking steps.  Moving forward.  As we enter a new year, I want to invite you to join me in taking steps to walk in love more fully!  God asks us to “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).  Last week we talked about choosing to Listen to the Voice of Love.  We receive love from God.  As we receive His love, we express His love to others.

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Fellow Sheep {Home, Part 6}

{Home is the starting place for lived-out-love, a place where the needs of the whole person are cared for.  This post explores spiritual care.}

Jesus is our Shepherd, and we are his sheep.  Thinking of our relationships this way sets the tone for spiritual care and relationships within our home.  Seeing ourselves as “fellow sheep” would be helpful for any people living together under the same roof!  Knowing Jesus as the Shepherd puts our relationships into perspective.  When we have a growing relationship with Jesus and trust him to work in others’ lives, it is humbling, hope-giving, and freeing for our relationships with one another.

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My daughter, Aubrey, reading her Bible before bedtime.

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Prayer is Dependence

God is the Source of all good things!  All things are from Him, through Him, and to Him (Rom 11:36).  And prayer is how we stay connected to Him throughout our days.  He is the One who causes the tree to bear fruit or turn colors; the tree does not try hard to do this.  Similarly, when we stay close to God in dependence, He accomplishes things in our lives.IMG_20171113_140724989 Continue reading “Prayer is Dependence”