Being Christian

Before You Pray

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i188/dburdyshaw/Z%20Misc%205%20FEP/open-hands.jpg When you want to pray, the first question is:  How do I open my closed hands? Henri Nouwen That’s our problem.  We’re hanging on too tightly. Afraid to let go of the thing, or person, or expectation that we fear God is taking from our grasp,  from our lives.  The loss, the soul shattering…

A Short List For the New Year

Some of you may know Ann Voskamp. You can read her recent post at the link provided. In that post she featured a very cool list. The contents are great, but the design is exceptional. I gave about an hour to researching how she did it and came up empty. I found 10 sites that…

Happy New Year As the World Turns

Californians get a bum deal on New Year’s Eve. Our local news channels start airing celebrations from around the world in the afternoon. At 9:00 PM we watch it all happen in New York and then the rest is kind of anticlimactic . We’re like the not-cool kids who go to the dance, but just…

My Own Worst Enemy

“Who has a harder fight than he who is striving to overcome himself.” Thomas À Kempis If I didn’t know better I’d say that Oswald Chambers was out to get me. I read ahead in my little devotional and it serves me right. Just after Thomas À Kempis had weighed in, Chambers piled on. “God…

Will You Make a Success of Your Marriage?

Each of us has a unique set of ingredients that need to be in the mix for us to consider our own marriage a success. Did you catch the unique part? What works for your friends might not work for you. And what works for you must also work for your spouse. Marriage is a…

What I Learned About Parenting While I Taught a Rat to Play Basketball.

Like millions of others I spent Christmas day with my kids. My kids are grown and some of their kids are pretty much grown so today I watched them interact and thought about the people they’d become. It wasn’t like an out of body experience, but it was still a little strange. I found myself…

Heaven is for Real

Have you seen the previews for the new movie Heaven is for Real? The film is based on the NY Times bestseller of the same name by Todd Burpo. It tells the story of Colton, Burpo’s 3 year old who had a near death experience. I haven’t read the book. But, I have been thinking…

Waiting for Christmas

Can you remember being a child and waiting for Christmas? The anticipation grew every day. Of course it was all about getting. It was completely selfish. I was 7 the first time I felt a different excitement, the eagerness to see someone else receive a gift from me. My Dad took my siblings and me…

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