PRAYER – PART TWO – PRIVATE PRAYER

  “Leave me alone.”  “There’s too much noise, I can’t think!”  “Can’t you just give me a moment by myself?”  “I need some alone time, people!” Have you ever found yourself saying some of these things or maybe even yelling them?  We can find all kinds of reasons to want to be alone.  Those reasons will probably never be because …

PARENTING: THE VALUE OF FAMILY

Family is designed by God.  Before the world began God was a family within Himself as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God was the perfect family all by himself.  After man was created and sin entered the world, families came into existence among men, but they were sinful.  We are all born with our own personal sin into a …

PRAYER – PART ONE – PURPOSEFUL PRAYER

Prayer is a discipline that every follower of Christ should practice.  To practice something means that we are willing to put time into it.  We believe in practicing for sports and music but not for most other areas of our lives.  Practice sounds too much like work, and who really wants to do that?  But prayer is something we need …

PARENTING: BEHAVIOR OR HEART

A child’s behavior can be so important to parents that it overshadows what the real target is in raising a child, his heart.  The heart is the core of our being where our emotions and desires dwell.  Behavior is how we conduct ourselves in this life.  The outward behavior can appear to be obedience but the heart may be totally …

RUNNING ON EMPTY

In 1978 Jackson Browne wrote the rock song, “Running on Empty” and it became a number one hit.  People could relate to going through life and not feeling like they had the energy to keep up with what was going on around them.  Reading through the lyrics brings about an understanding of the emotions Browne is trying to relate to …

HOW MUCH? HOW LONG?

  We wake up every morning knowing we have to meet the day with eyes wide open.  The day can be fully planned in the way we would like it to proceed.   But with just one phone call, one e-mail, one encounter, or one situation the plan can fall apart quickly.  When this happens it leaves us stunned, out of breath, …

TRIBUTE TO DONNA PRINGLE…MOM’S NEW LIFE

  My mom passed away on July 25, 2017 at 5:15 a.m.  The following is what I wrote and read at mom’s funeral on July 28th.  Praising God!!  She is with Jesus!!     On Tuesday morning I lost my mom, my friend, my sister and these last few years my child. The last few years were hard because it …

ANTICIPATION…LIFE WITH MOM

Anticipation is the act of expecting something to happen.  When I think of anticipation, the first thing I think of is when I was pregnant with my children and the due date was approaching.  I was filled with anticipation which had some aspect of fear in it.  My fear of the birth process, of the baby’s health, and of the …

FOR SUCH A TIME…LIFE WITH MOM

My mom has been ill for a very long time.  The progression of her disease is slow and painful to watch.  I’ve seen so many changes in her in the last several years and am surprised when another one appears.  This happened to me last week when I stopped in to take care of things at my parent’s home.  My …