...I'd like someone to tell me the truth. "It's probably not going to be better tomorrow." "This is gonna hurt for a long time." "This may be exactly where God wants you to be." That's why I really like my counselor. He's a truth-teller. He doesn't mince words or sugarcoat. He shoots straight. He says … Continue reading Just One Time…
I just hate it when the paths I normally travel in my daily or weekly routine aren't accessible. There have been times when a road that I take to work is under construction like this morning, my running trail being covered with debris from an overnight storm. It is not unusual to to have to … Continue reading Roadblocks
I'll be honest with you... I just don't get suffering sometimes. I flat out don't understand it. I have quite a few friends, both online and face to face who are going through unbelievable challenges right now. I look at most of them, wondering how all of this works. I can't even count the number … Continue reading Point of View
Life is a funny thing. It is filled with amazing moments that just give you goosebumps, but it is also filled with equally amazing hurt. We are subjected to tragedy that literally breaks our hearts, our already fragile hearts. I have been reading in the book of Genesis to start the year (aren't we all?) … Continue reading Take your pick
I was sitting with a women the other day providing a sounding board for all the very difficult situations she is in right now. I listened as she voiced her disappointment with God that her situation wasn't improving. She is confused because the God she understood for most of her life is one that gives … Continue reading The Easy Button
Lately I have had many conversations with people who just can't seem to find the joy in the pain that James was talking about in chapter 1, verse 2. Their emotions range from anger at God to guilt for not feeling joy in the midst of the pain. I was re-reading Matthew 7 the other … Continue reading The Sand or the Rock?
If you are in a position of leadership over a small group ministry, you know the feeling of excitement that comes when you are planning for a big push toward community with your ministry at the center. Outside of the few mentions here and there about the benefit of groups, this is the marquis moment … Continue reading Why People Don’t Join Small Groups – Part 1