Life

At 70 John Piper Doubles Down

This is a lazy Saturday morning!   Saturday’s are different if you’re retired. You don’t have to cram errands and household chores into a few hours of your free time.  You can go to the cleaners at 2:22 PM on Tuesday or hit Trader Joe’s Thursday at 3:07 PM before the moms arrive with kids…

Why You Need To Live Slowly

  We all have the same 24 hours in every single day. At the heart of that statement is our universal fear of failure and our constant tendency to measure ourselves against others. Every productivity book I’ve read reminds me about those 24 hours we all share in common.And I’ve let it drive me not…

My NYR List For A Better 2016!

Is it possible you can make 2016 a better year by creating a list of New Year’s Resolutions?   I don’t know, but I’m gonna try. Whether you see it as motivation, inspiration, or an exercise in futility—The New Year’s Resolutions List has made its annual appearance here there and everywhere.  That’s a Beatles reference…

I Want A Designer Label On My Life

The thing that distinguishes an artist is the ability to appreciate the potential for beauty in things usually overlooked or discarded. This quirky piece of art sits along Interstate 5 south of Stockton. On a cloudy January day it was strangely beautiful standing in relief against the wintery yellow field and a foggy shroud of…

Why We Need To See Life Like A 1 Year Old

  Lord give me fresh eyes to see the goodness and wonder in life!   That’s been my prayer as I’ve watched little Isaiah this past week. His family has been camped out at our house because of a ‘mold situation’ at theirs. Here’s Little Zay as he discovered the joy of water flowing from…

Jesus Has A Knack For Repurposing

  These old jars weren’t manufactured as fence decorations. Nope. They had a whole different life before they became fence decorations.  But someone had a new purpose in mind for each one. That is just what God does with some of us, He repurposes us. Today I was thinking about Moses and Samuel.   Moses…

Under A Dark Tree Called Envy

  Under the dark shadow of a tree called envy distorted all things will appear lines and contours grotesquely twisted the horizon stands up on its ear   The world and reality bent out of shape by a heart so damaged it just can’t see straight pride greed and malice companions these three cling tightly…

Do You Know When To Say “It’s Enough LORD”?

  It’s OK to admit you have limitations? We are all just human. You’ve heard that a 1000 times.  You’ve said it yourself. But I’ll bet you’ve gone on day after day without telling God that you’re at your wits end with the kids, or you simply can’t get everything around the house done on…

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