How Much, O Lord? …a devotional call to men for family and church.

You shall love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37 calls it the great and foremost commandment!  –Deuteronomy 6:5-9 adds another component key to winning the battle…with all your heart, soul, and might (or strength). It is a command not a request.  An imperative-Not a suggestion or a good idea-but a specific directive given to followers of Christ. For those of you who are parents or leaders of children in any capacity, you know that there were times in life when you DID NOT give your…

The Capacity to Forgive…Choosing the God Peace In a Troubled Marriage

I believe we all have a different capacity for forgiveness. Maybe it is tied all the way back to our parents and how we watched them argue, solve conflict, make up, or move forward after a terrific event in which they clearly abused one another in some remarkable way. I don’t know really if I believe that is where it springs from, or if it comes from a natural inner temperament like being nice or overly generous would. Wherever it abides, it is a deep-seated willingness to “overlook a matter”…

TAKE A KNEE

  One of the things I love about being an educator is the role of instilling respect into the fabric of a child’s being. Not the Nanny McPhee approach of “Behave or beware,” though I do love that woman. But the “I love this teacher, this school, this mission so much that I am compelled to respond with honor and give my full allegiance”  kind of respect. I also love the result of having taught it well over the course of a child’s life and seeing it show up innately when…

It is Well With My Song

There are unexpected tragedies in life; they catch us by surprise and in an instant bring with them a death blow, leaving us wrecked! Recently our family experienced such a trauma and found ourselves reeling in disbelief and grief that we are still carrying daily.   Through the series of unfortunate events, we kept listening to our preprogrammed Christian radio stations each day on the way to work/school hoping to glean a little strength to make it through the end of the semester! I was struck by the ever relentless…

Adoration is God’s Alone

I never realized my misuse of the word “adore” before now. I spoke it as quickly as I would have the word love and thought of it in the vein of “am enamored with or so very happy with, like I adore that rug, or I adore my husband! But recently a very painful turn of events forever changed my thinking about lavishing such an honor on any human.  My husband of 28 years shared with me that he was no longer happy in our marriage, and was not sure…

Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming is one of my all-time fave movies, starring Will Ferrell on a quest to find his own identity apart from the expectations he has always felt from his dad. He has to deal with quite the load of emotions throughout the movie such as jealousy, embarrassment, competition and failure! If you watch it and take it at face value, you might think it just a silly little comedy with the usual inappropriate language (albeit hilariously close-to-home) that keeps you laughing! However, it is actually one of Ferrell’s most…