The Tongue

Today I preached on “the tongue”, basing the message on James 1:26 and 3:2-12. My words are one of the measures of my heart’s condition. It got me thinking about a bible verse that has been an important guide for me over the years. Ephesians 4:29 says "Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your…

Dejunking

One of my tasks for the day is to begin the process I described earlier this week of touching each thing in my office area and assigning it a “save, store or scrap” status. There are some easy ones. Box of new pencils? No question but to put them with office supplies. I should have…

Interims

A self-graded progress report on my goals might be in order today: Blogging regularly – B Exercising 3 times a week – B+ Organizing my basement office – C Fasting once a week – D- Not as stellar a report card as I would like but it’s a work in progress. This is my tenth…

Spinach

My spinach appeared from beneath the dirt this weekend and is now organizing itself in neat, little rows in preparation for being harvested around Easter.  I planted the seeds on March 11th so I was anticipating the arrival around the 20th and was not disappointed. Gardening is cheap therapy.  The lessons are plenteous and profound. …

Team

A dear friend of ours ministers wonderfully to children and youth. We have taken a phrase that she used when working with one of our own children when he was very young. She explained how important he was going to be in accomplishing a certain task and how he would be on her team throughout…

The Monster in the Basement

It is so easy for me to get out of a daily routine. I feel like I looked at the calendar this morning and 4 days passed since my last entry. No condemnation but obedience of any sort is a daily decision, isn’t it? Nancy and I were able to take a long walk yesterday…

Beware the Ides and Idols

I’ve been careful to avoid going anywhere near the Roman Senate today, but as I reflected on my yesterday, PI day (3.14), I realized that I did receive a few stabs. Nothing life threatening, but sharp enough to remind me the graciousness of God and my own fallibility. First, on the goal front, I was…

Gasping For Air

I took the weekend off from blogging but don’t want to get out the habit so I’m launching back in to the practice today. Somehow my body didn’t get the memo about the time change and I woke up this morning feeling like it was the middle of the night. But I did make it…

Effective Action

I was reading this morning from Genesis 3 and marveling at the way Eve and Adam (sounds strange out of the normal order, doesn’t it) wouldn’t own up to disobeying God’s command. There are a thousand justifications why I would go my own instead of God’s but none of them erase the consequence of sin:…

Mildew

I was able to separate some light from darkness in my basement lair last night by completing and storing a box of old work documents that has been sitting on the floor for many weeks. It’s small step but progress is progress. I had a quick workout yesterday before an early dinner so that is…