Fulfill the Law of Christ

You try and you try yet you keep failing. You're a Christian. You're not supposed to be struggling with this any more. Think again.

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Dependent On My Spiritual Self

I didn't know what it was. I had been feeling that something was missing for a while. Something that I once had but now was gone. I was searching trying to find it, but it just seemed like the answers weren't coming fast enough. And finally, it came to me. Life has been pretty peaceful…

Poem: Arrogance Lurks

You think you got it all together, With all your “perfect” works; Tithing and fasting you brag, In your heart arrogance lurks. Don’t point the finger as if, You have no guilt of your own; Putting down that tax collector, You’re true colors you have shone. Look to him who barely lifts, His eyes as…

Poem: To Feel Heard

Not in the mood to be calm, I want to be angry with you. I don't want to pause to listen, Just lash out my frustrations. Now that I'm done, Please get away from me, I can't be around you, I'm too upset to think. But alone in my room, Thinking is what I do,…

Joy in Trials

If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they…

Enlightenment + Patience

When you learn something of great significance or have become aware of it, your sensitivity to others' ignorance can become like a magnifying glass causing insensitivity. Enlightenment must come with increased patience for the blindness of which you once bore. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able…

Poem: Worldly Rebellion

It feels liberating, To allow your thoughts to go there. You know it's not right, But it just feels good to be free of fighting it; To allow it to flow through your mind, And feel the excitement it brings in the moment. Then reality hits, Of what you've just done to your heart. You…

Who Do You Want to Be?

You have been given the right to choose the person you want to be. Because of this, you must decide what you truly want in life if you want to live with purpose. Once you identify what you truly want, then your choices can become intentional. Here is a general blueprint in helping you determine…

Poem: Unyielded Anger

Unyielded anger lingers inside, Against wickedness committed. The perpetrator unrepentant, Nothing left but to stew. Bitterness, wrath, vengeance, Poisons the unsatisfied soul. Release it to God weary mind, Before you implode. ....do not let the sun go down on your wrath.... Ephesians‬ ‭4:26b ...."Vengeance is mine, I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19b "....pray…

The Birds and the Lilies

When I hear the birds of the air, I hear them singing: "We are happy, We are fed, By the Father's hand,  We get our bread." When I see the lilies of the field, I see them expressing: "We are beautiful, We are dressed, By the Father's hand, We are blessed." When I consider these…

The Problem is not Anger, Grief, or Stress

The problem is not that we experience anger, grief, or stress. These are all reflective of our need for justice, love, and peace. It's when we allow it to consume us at the expense of not trusting in God, Who is the ultimate source of justice, love, and peace. Prayer (from Psalms‬ ‭25:1-2, 9-10, 20-21):…

Thoughts

Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren,…

Conviction

When all those times of hearing the same thing over and over comes together in one moment of deep emotional belief that you take sudden, intentional action....it's called conviction. Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life.  ‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ Prayer: My God, I know what I hear over…

Clearer and Foggy

The older I get it seems the most important things become clearer while the least important, which had once seemed so black-and-white, have become foggy. Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if…