LEAVING OUR COMFORT ZONE

Then He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this...

PRAY CONTINUALLY

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) You just read one of the shortest verses in the Bible. Congratulations! But please don’t pass over it too quickly. Like road signs we routinely ignore on the way to work, we can. I believe there’s a lot stuffed into these two words. Let’s take a prayerful moment...

MOLD OUR HEARTS

“The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you.” Galatians 3:11,12 (The Message) Last Thursday God arranged a hard day for me. Nothing worked. Conversations were marked by misunderstandings, and...

My Unfinished Self

  I’ve never liked the saying people write in greeting cards, “Stay the way you are!” How shortsighted is that! Stay the way you are? Don’t you dare! Sure, accept your basic personality traits, but keep moving closer to Jesus, becoming like Him. It’s a gift from God that we’ve been made with the...

This Old Dresser

  Maybe it’s because in the place where I live, we discard old, broken, damaged or just perfectly good but ugly things without a second thought… In the place where repair is a lot more time-consuming, more hassle and more costly than just replacing the old with the new… So, one would think that...

Made to be Molded

A friend and I were having coffee the other day at a little shop I frequent. I’ve gotten to know quite a few workers there, and they seem to remember me. (It’s actually become one of my remote offices. I’m there enough for random customers to remember me.) It’s small, cozy, and they have...

A Heart Molded By Prayer

I saw the cutest Olaf (Disney character) ice-cube tray as I wandered through the shop. I thought about Olaf-molded cubes and how they would delight my children. The thought struck me – “How would my molded heart delight others and the Lord?” Since June 20th, 2015, I have been part of the Pray2020 movement....