and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

It was Sunday afternoon. I was in "my" room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it "my" room because it's lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12x12 … Continue reading and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before.

say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

I cut waaay back on facebook over the last few months. Derisive sarcasm and hate were saturating my news feed, weighing and wearing me down. As I tentatively become more active again, one of my new facebook practices is to select "I don't want to see this" whenever I read a post declaring that something … Continue reading say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it.

#memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this

  #memoryverse "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14b (NIV) thoughts: I posted only the second part of this verse because these are the words that resonated and stuck with me the instant I read them. I didn't even try to memorize … Continue reading #memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this

#memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven

#memoryverse "John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. John 3:27 (ESV) thoughts: I have nothing unless it is given to me from Heaven. First and foremost, that means grace. John 6:44 tells me: "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws … Continue reading #memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven

#memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men

#memoryverse "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" Colossians 3:23 (NIV) thoughts: The first word that jumps into my head when I read this verse is: competence. I'm not sure when I first figured out that - as someone who professes faith in Christ … Continue reading #memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men

We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

Re-written is one way to say it. But the word "re-written" tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word "re-written" is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the … Continue reading We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times.

#memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God.

#memoryverse "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life." Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) One of my go-to questions when I meet with someone as a communication/life coach is: "How do you receive … Continue reading #memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God.

#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ WithOUT God. “nothing” is possible.

#memoryverse "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (ESV) "With God, all things are possible." When I read, hear or say this, I usually emphasize the "all things are … Continue reading #memoryverse John 15:5 ~ WithOUT God. “nothing” is possible.

#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ I say “nothing” without you.

#memoryverse "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (ESV) "When a worship leader reads the Bible you can tell." Carlos Whittaker is a worship leader, author and speaker. So … Continue reading #memoryverse John 15:5 ~ I say “nothing” without you.

#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ Lord, please remind me to remember.

#memoryverse "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (ESV) Heavenly Father, please remind me to remember you, over and over and over again, because I forget You, over and … Continue reading #memoryverse John 15:5 ~ Lord, please remind me to remember.