Frustration Naps

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2 I had one of those days yesterday. I woke up early to get some work done before work. But, everything went wrong (to the point I couldn’t find my pants and […]

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Less Than God

“A God you understand would be less than yourself.” Flannery O’Connor Do you ever wonder what God is doing? That must stink because I never do…just kidding. All of us at some point wonders what God is up to, why he allowed something, why he is silent, or where he is. Maybe this is where […]

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How do you know me?

Nathanael asked Jesus an excellent question. A question that deep down we all want to know, because we all want to be truly known. Jesus saw Nathanael walking up to him, and he spoke the truth about Nathanael. Nathanael asked, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered that he saw him while he was under […]

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It’s What You Do

You’re probably familiar with Geico’s “It’s what you do” commercials. They take a truth, blow the situation out of proportion, add “it’s what you do,” and then tell you how you can save 15% or more on your insurance. The commercials are hilarious! Something like a marriage proposal gone wrong because a phone rings and then it […]

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Fighting a Jiu-Jitsu Master

You probably don’t know this, but I’m a yellow belt in the ancient art of karate. (Karate means “open hand.” You probably didn’t know that either, but then again not everyone has achieved yellow belt status.) I needed one hour to graduate from college. It was during my student teaching, so the class had to […]

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Seeing in the Kitchen

My family ate a brand new IHOP recently. A commercial promoting the pineapple upside down pancakes was too enticing for my 9-year-old. While we waited for our pancakes, the hostess seated a couple. The man could see in the kitchen from his spot. He got up and said, “I can’t eat where I can see […]

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Nearness

Do you associate God’s nearness with his blessings? You may think life is good right now, so God must be close to me. But when things aren’t going your way, he is as quiet as an awkward elevator ride with strangers who speak a different language. You feel he is nowhere near you. Silence tickles your […]

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Who does God confide in?

The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. ~Psalm 25:14 God confides in those who fear him. To confide is to have an intimate conversation. You don’t just confide with anyone. You confide with people you trust. To get the best picture of what confide means, picture that […]

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Something to Chew On

Here’s something you can chew on literally and figuratively. The literal is Wrigley’s 5, particularly Spearmint Rain. Fresh breath is important for Christians. A precedent set in the first two chapters of Genesis when God breathed into Adam’s nostrils. My church values it so much that we provide peppermints like Taco Bell hands out hot […]

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Bottled Up Lake Water

My nine-year-old daughter saw a commercial for a bottled water company. The 30-second slot let the secret slip that the water source was a pristine lake just one county over from us. Needless to say, Ellie didn’t see the beauty of the lake and it disturbed her. She asked some questions and then yelled upstairs […]

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