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You've got a friend

I would like to share with you about a friend of mine...I will call him 'Ted.' He is an 89 year old man who has dabbled in so many arenas in life. He has a plethora of knowledge and his stories? Well, let's just say you never know where those are going to take you. Ted is almost always smiling and full of life... especially with his young wife who is, yep...around 70 years old! 
You are probably wondering where I am going with this man's story... so I will just get to it. Today Ted and I had a little one-on-one time. He told me some jokes, shared some of his stories (a few of which I've heard already) and then he made me cry. Lost in thought and reminiscing, Ted began sharing how he is discovering more and more that all the money and all the possessions in the world do not matter. This smiling man was suddenly getting choked up on his words and had to actually remove his glasses to wipe his eyes. (This is about the point where I let my tears find my cheeks.)
He said,…

Content..to be or not to be?

Content. adjective. Pleased and satisfied: not needing more (per Webster). Synonyms: contented, fulfilled, happy, cheerful, glad, peaceful... I think you get the idea. Therefore, contentment would mean the state of being pleased and satisfied. If you are full of contentment then you are full of satisfaction. 
So, are you content? Big question - and very subjective, I know. Contentment is a learned trait. We are not naturally content, are we? No... but we do have natural traits. We have worries, doubts, fears, complaints. Many of us tend to be competitive by nature, always trying to prove an act or a point. Some of us always have our eyes pointed at a person or a prize that we are trying to conquer.
In Philippians 4:12 we learn that Paul actually learned how to be content. He says, "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in wa…

More than an hour

Do you ever feel that you sit in church and the pastor giving the sermon throws out thoughts and ideas that amp you up and get you ready to take on the world - with God right by your side? But when you leave, you are right back to where you started... as if church is a great goal board that falls under the cliche - out of sight, out of mind. Why is that? Why does this happen? I hate to burst your bubble, but 1 hour in church each week does not give you a free pass to meet "the" man one day. 
Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I've been reading it again lately and it always gets me thinking. In chapter 5 (NIV), the first verse says "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen, rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong." Yes, listen and do not open your mouth to spew out nonsense, and for no good purpose. 

Listening should be our number one priority when we walk into church. We may be…

Farewell, peace. And bugs.

I have turned into a bit of a grump today. It all started when I woke up this morning and realized that I couldn't focus, for whatever reason. For the last 5 days I have woke up, put on shoes and a sweater, grabbed a cup of coffee and boogied my way on out the front door of this cabin to sit on the porch and have my quiet time. This has been a time for me to read, write and, most importantly, talk to God. In all honestly, it has been my favorite part of the trip. 
But, not this morning. No, sir. I got up and came outside, sans coffee, and couldn't focus on anything. I couldn't get through any but two pages of my book and writing, well, that just didn't happen. I tried talking to God but my focus was so bad that I probably had the poor guy spinning in circles. 
I cant quite put my finger on what my issue is today other than the fact that I have to leave all of this tomorrow. Good reason, right? I have to go back to the hustle and bustle of life and the important things ar…

Shh..

For the first time that I can remember (or appreciate, I should say), I am spending a week in the most peaceful place I have ever been to. Its not fancy, no. Its not exotic, either. In fact, I didn't even have to get a plane to get here. But the views and experiences I have had in just 24hrs have me already planning my next trip. 
We are in Blue Ridge, GA. In case you are unfamiliar, this is located at the southern base of the Appalachian mountains. Very backwoods when driving here, but super friendly folks. Our cabin didn't even fully match the pictures we saw when booking... but the view... breathtaking. We could have been handed a tent and a sleeping bag upon arrival and I think I would have been completely fine with it, as long as our eyes could remain plastered on the scenery around us. 
My plan for this vacation was not to have any exciting, busy adventures. It was to do the exact opposite. I planned to use this time for reflection and relaxation. I want to read, write and…