They were all laughing. One of the boys looked down, red-faced. We all called it banter but something had always seemed off about it. Like there was an undertone beneath all that was said.
I was laughing too, so it must’ve been funny. Right? I am a Christian and darkness fled in light, so there couldn’t be any darkness here could there? Yet what was said certainly wasn’t kind or constructive.
Are peer pressure and the fear of judgment stopping you from letting your light shine brightly? Be a light in the darkness for your group of friends. Read more. ~ Bryce Bengtson #HopeForTheNextGeneration
On my early morning walk, feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders, I looked up through a small clearing in the trees. In one quick glance I noted the sun, two airplanes traveling in different directions, an eagle soaring above the treetops, and a common sparrow.
I never question whether or not the sun will rise–I just look forward to basking in its warmth.
We trust Him for the big things like keeping the earth spinning in orbit, why can’t we trust Him for the small things? Read more here.
Neither my wife nor I grew up in Texas. Cowboy hats, boots, big belt buckles, and phrases like “all hat and no cattle” stood out to us when we first moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We joked about having more neighbors that were farm animals than who were human. One neighbor kept about 20 head of cattle, and many neighbors had horses. Another neighbor even had a very non-Texas emu roaming his lot.
But the thing that stuck out to me most about Texas was the one finger wave.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about the Lame Man. If you recall in that story, Jesus asked the Lame Man if he wanted to get well. Earlier in my career as a neuropsychologist, I thought that was an odd question for Jesus to ask. I thought surely the man wanted to get well or he wouldn’t be hanging out by the pool, hoping someone would push him in.
Have you ever wondered WHY Jesus asked the lame man if he wanted to get well? Read more here.
I don’t know what you’re struggling with. You may be in that phase of life where you are surrounded by dirty diapers. Maybe you’re a parent of teens wondering what inhabited their body and will they ever appreciate you as their parent? Maybe you are recently widowed or divorced and feeling alone and lonely. Maybe you are going through financial stresses. Maybe you have a prodigal child. Maybe you’re a caregiver for an ill spouse or parent.
I don’t know what you are personally going through, but I can tell you I’ve been through several of those scenarios I just listed. I have journeyed through the muck and the mire, and I have experienced that dark night of the soul when I honestly didn’t even know what joy was.
You CAN have joy! Joy is something God promised you. Read more for how.