Archive for June, 2013

Summertime Refuge

June 21st, 2013

The first day of Summer and Friday rolled together in the same day, can it get better than that? Well of course it can, you could be on a beach some where sitting in the surf thinking about having a big grouper sandwich and some oysters for dinner!

Wow, that sounds like a great place to rest and rejuvenate our bodies.  Something that we all need every once in a while. Luckily our spirit has a place like that as well.  Check out this writing from probably from Moses!

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NIV

and then later in the same Psalm

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent. Ps 91:9-10 NIV

That’s pretty cool! As hard as it is for me to admit, that’s better than a day at the beach. What do you think?

I Am With You

June 20th, 2013

I have written about fear a lot in the past on this blog.  I am sure that is somehow connected with Jesus’ discussion about it, as they were often.  Probably more so it’s connected with the 84 commands to not be afraid.  Yet, I still find myself cowering in fear at what the future might hold.  Today I share these last words of the Christ on the Earth which has rattled around in my mind bunches this morning.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

It’s hard to really be afraid or fearful of the future when this guy is with you.  Now, if I can actually convince myself of that truth!


And oh, by the way – Happy West Virginia Day!


Just Rewards

June 18th, 2013

Sometimes we feel like what has been bestowed upon us is someone else’s fault. It’s so much easier to cast the blame on others and divert it from yourself. But take a look at this

From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward. (Proverbs 12:14 NIV)

Or maybe this version in which it is stated with so much simplicity.

We are rewarded or punished for what we say & do. -Proverbs 12:14

I suppose it comes back to the old adage ‘you reap what you sow’. What are you sowing today?

Puzzle for the Day

June 18th, 2013

This morning I was reading this passage in Colossians:

3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)

Seems pretty simple right – just think about think about the things of God and not these things that are all around you – like your money, or you work, or your job, or you stuff.

Pretty simple.

But why is that so hard?

What do you think, how can you solve that puzzle today?

Simple Agenda

June 17th, 2013

Here’s one thing to get your mind in the right place on this Monday morning.  One little thought from Paul as he pleads with the Galatians to stay try to the freedom of Christ.

For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:5-6 (NIV)

One thing counts.  Is that one thing on your agenda today?