Joy and the Dominos of Grace

In New Testament Greek, the root word for grace is ‘joy.’ Isn’t that interesting? By inference, when our lives are full of grace—if we truly understand grace—then joy increasingly characterizes our personality and outlook. A domino effect begins, tempering our words and attitudes. We are less easily offended, more understanding, more patient. Joy extends inward with peace…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Take time to embrace your family, drink the deep air, turn small and large moments into prayer, and celebrate the gifts of God, no matter your present circumstance. “I believe in a life of celebration. I believe that the world we wake up to every day is filled to the brim with deep,…

How Eternity Anchors Us Through Hard Times

Finding Answers in the Ache In my previous post, I reflected on the painful silent periods of faith, using the metaphor of the darks side of the moon. When we enter periods of darkness and confusion, as difficult as it can be, we must try take a step back and enlarge our view. To this…

The Bird is As You Choose it to Be

This is not my own. It is a retelling of an old Oriental proverb. Yet the wisdom it contains is simple, memorable, and impacting. High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man. Some said he was crazy. Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his knowledge and…