The Balm of Thanks

Last time, we considered Five Key Elements of Gratitude, giving thanks to God for who He is, what He has done, and everything He has given us.  But what does the Bible tell us about saying “thank you” to other people? Continue reading

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50 Things I Thank God For

Today is my 50th birthday!  Since I’ve been blogging about gratitude this month, I’ve taken the challenge to write a list (in no particular order) of 50 Things I Thank God For! Continue reading

Got Gratitude?

The basic definition of gratitude is the quality of being thankful.  Huh.  Several advisers say that you will be happier if you write in a gratitude journal for five minutes every day in order to lift your spirits.  Huh.  But this simplistic definition and minimal worldly strategy miss the point of gratitude entirelyGratitude is not about me, how I feel, or what I have. Continue reading

What about a Thanksgiving Tree?

If you’re brave enough to walk through the stores this season, you might be overwhelmed with the plethora of decorations available for  Halloween or Christmas.  But it’s hard for retailers to promote consumerism for a holiday whose purpose is to be grateful for the life God has already given you.  You will find a few things to buy for Thanksgiving, but here is my suggestion for making your own Thankful Tree decoration, either for your Sunday School classroom or your own living room. Continue reading

How Can I Pray for You?

We are instructed to pray for others.  We want to pray for others because we care.  But sometimes asking the question, “How can I pray for you?” solicits an “organ recital” from others that distracts us from our prayer ministry.  Here are some things to keep in mind in order to pray for the sick and those struggling with medical issues. Continue reading

A Story that Pierces the Heart

Sometimes when we just don’t get it – when we can’t see our own sin problem, – we need a story that pricks our conscience.  The best example is the prophet Nathan’s simple tale about a little lamb. Continue reading

Break the Connection

Do you keep saying that you spend too much time on your electronic device but don’t know how to stop or what you’ll do instead?  In the Bible, God’s model for making changes is to put off the wrong things and put on the right things.  Here are some tips to break your connection with social media. Continue reading

Why Facebook is Not for Me

When I was preparing for the publication of my first book, I had to quickly learn the ropes of book publicity, with guidance from Michael Hyatt in his book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.  I understand the importance of social media in the current consumer climate.  But I have come to realize that joining Facebook (or the other social media options) is not a wise decision for me right now. Continue reading

How To Eat A Cookie to the Glory of God

After posting a picture of milk and cookies with the Bible verse about eating and drinking to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31), friends commented that the cookies distracted them from their contemplation of the Bible verse. Continue reading