When Should We Give Thanks?


It seems counterintuitive to give thanks when by all appearances there’s nothing to give thanks for. Why express gratitude when the relationship is severed, the fires have not abated, or your bank account is overdrawn. Yet, thanksgiving is a form of worship. When we give thanks, we acknowledge God for who He is and what He has done. We offer our thanksgiving whether we feel like it or not. The writers of the scriptures provided plentiful reasons to express our gratitude. Continue reading “When Should We Give Thanks?”

When counting sheep doesn’t help


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, sleep deficiency is a common problem in the United States. One survey revealed 1 in 5 adults in the United States reported not getting enough rest or sleep. Continue reading “When counting sheep doesn’t help”

3 Lessons to Help Navigate Life’s Hiccups


Our recent trip to Glacier National Park did not go as planned. My brother-in-law had meticulously planned this family reunion for the past year. The dates, lodging and car rentals were set in November 2017. Flights reserved in January. Camping permit okayed in March. But the week of the trip, the park alerted visitors of forest fires spreading, causing road and trail closures. Continue reading “3 Lessons to Help Navigate Life’s Hiccups”

Top Ten Benefits of an Empty Nest


It’s that time of year when our college students go back to school. Whether you are agonizing over the day or are ready to ship off your know-it-all young adult, this season disrupts the home life. Continue reading “Top Ten Benefits of an Empty Nest”

Do you want Jesus?


I taught a Sunday morning children’s life group a couple weeks ago. This question was posed to the children: “Do you want Jesus?” The context for the question came out of Colossians 1:15-2:3 where Paul exhaled the supremacy of Jesus on parchment. Continue reading “Do you want Jesus?”

When God says “No”


We’ve told our kids no a hundred times. We’ve said no to those who demand our time. We’ve said no to the unwelcome solicitor at the door. When someone tells us no—it stings. But what if it was God who voiced the nay? Continue reading “When God says “No””