Month: January 2014


2 Minutes Of Encouragement


My wife made a comment yesterday about me picking up the trash in our neighborhood, which I wrote about in my Crown of Thorns post.  Her comment had to do with the fact that although I bloodied up my hands because of the thorny rose bushes, I came home satisfied in having done something for others.  That thought came across my head again tonight as I was washing a few pans at the sink.

Doing something for others.  Why does that sometimes seem like such a hard concept to grasp?  Why is it that we like to put ourselves first so much?  Why is it so easy to walk right past the Salvation Army Red Kettle at Christmas, myself included, and not even give it a second thought?  Why are we humans programmed this way?

I don’t have all the answers to these questions, but there is someone we can…

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Poor Olaf! 😀

This clip from Frozen helps to illustrate a point: if you don’t know much about something, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Maybe I’m overthinking this, but I love the irony of a snowman that wants to see summer. And it kind of shows why everyone falls in love with Olaf instead of Kristoff. 😉

Kind of like Olaf and his lack of experience with heat, sometimes things that we don’t know much about can hurt us, too.


The Heart Of Worship

The Heart Of Worship – Matt Redmond

This song is an “oldie,” but it’s still a really good song. I hope you enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite worship songs, and it speaks well for when you start simply “going through the motions.”

God Bless.


2 Minutes Of Encouragement

reflections on Christ - crucifixion

It has been so windy here in Papillion the last several weeks and it has not been uncommon to have wind gusts of 50 miles per hour.  Along with the wind comes blowing trash.  Plastic bags, paper towels, insulation and foam.  Add in garbage and recyclables on trash pickup day and things could be considered a mess.  My wife and I had noticed how these items have accumulated at the five entrances of our subdivision.  Knowing the wind was going to pick up again today, after church and lunch I went ahead and still changed clothes with the intent to cleanup what I could.

The fact that the majority of the trash appeared to be plastic garage bags should have been my first sign.  Because as I stopped at the first entrance, I soon discovered very thorny rose bushes.  And I, not thinking clearly and wanting to get done as…

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God’s Sovereignty in Times of Trouble

Amanda Christine

God Is Sovereign

I recently asked my best friend if she wanted to write some posts for my blog, and I was very glad when she said yes. Here is something she sent me. How very applicable it is in my life, as well as everybody else’s life. I’ve noticed that human’s don’t trust God just because. They trust Him because of His faithfulness through the times when nothing seemed right. So, without further ado, here it is:

“There have been many times in the recent year that I wondered what God was doing; why certain things happened. In the past year, our church’s Pastor left, my father became the pastor, and my best friend in the world moved away. My world seemed shattered. I could not understand how God could let all these things happen.

I did not want to be the pastor’s kid; I’ve heard way too many horrible stories…

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A Story of Faith

Matthew 15:21-28 NIV

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

It’s The Friends You Can Call at 3 a.m. That Matter

Proverbs Way


  • Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.  “Pooh!” he whispered.  “Yes, Piglet?”  “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.  “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ~A.A. Milne
  • Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. ~Swedish Proverb
  • Lust is easy.  Love is hard.  Like is most important. ~Carl Reiner
  • Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things. ~Author Unknown
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
  • Never give up on someone you can’t go a day without thinking about. ~Author Unknown
  • No road is long with good company. ~Turkish Proverb
  • How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~From the movie Annie
  • Remember, we all stumble, every one of us.  That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough

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Weekly Writing Helper: Surprises

Weekly Writing Helpers are here to help you when you get stuck or are fresh out of ideas. I’d love to read what you come up with! If you post your story, you can link back to this post or tag your post with Weekly Writing Helper.

Planning Stages Idea:

Incorporate a long-lost friend or family member into your story – and then have them disappear again.

Plot Twist Idea:

Make everyone in your story except one character disappear – or you can make the most important character disappear right before they’re needed.

Writer’s Block Idea:

Try bringing back a character that everyone thought was gone for good – including you!