“The joy that Jesus gives is the result of our disposition being at one with his own.” Oswald Chambers How happy are you? The other day I confessed to the Lord how much I loved Him and how content I am with the life He’s given to me. But it hasn’t always been that way. For many years I fell into the destination happiness trap. You know, the one that says I’ll be happy WHEN… Like, I’ll be happy when I’m married and have children. Or, I’ll be happy when I finish my degree and l
“Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” Leon Bloy In the past, I’ve experienced let downs when I’ve reached a goal. It takes months to train for a marathon. The commitment, sacrifice, discipline and pain during the preparation, is worth it. But after the finish line is crossed, a slight depression can take place afterward. God has taught me some truths in regards to reaching a destination versus the journey toward that objective. Joy is unleashed during the
“There is never any peace for those who resist God.” Francois Fenelon I love the dramatic conversion of Saul. While walking on a street in Damascus, a light from heaven flashed and blinded him. Saul fell to the ground and heard a voice say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 26:14b). Kicking against the goads is a way to express the uselessness of resistance, because the ox ends up hurting himself more. The oxgoad is a lo
“No man securely commands but he who has learned to obey.” Thomas A. Kempis My grandpa started the first real estate company in Arizona in 1920. The family business was eventually handed over to my parents. While I was in high school I worked part time, filing papers and other jobs at the family business. I didn’t decide what I would do, didn’t initiate the jobs I would perform, but instead did what my parents asked me to do. I discovered Jesus behaved the same way as He carr
“The only lasting and fully satisfying joys for any man lie on the other side of a cross.” Walter J. Chantry Our son has been known to wrap Christmas gifts in duct tape, or to wrap several smaller boxes within a larger one, all the while keeping us in suspense for the wonderful gift within. The outer wrapping of a gift, has no bearing on what’s inside. The wrapping surrounding some of God’s best gifts, may not be attractive nor enticing to unwrap, such as our move to Wichita.
“The reason we must ask God for things He already intends to give us is that He wants to teach us dependence, especially our need for Himself.” Erwin W. Lutzer David wrote Psalm 51:10-12 in response to the prophet Nathan’s confrontation regarding David’s adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah killed in battle. For us today it points to five prayers God loves to answer. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from