Read the Ingredients

I discovered a power bar that I really like, for the simple reason that I can read & understand the ingredients.  There are no complicated words, chemical compounds, multi-syllable mysteries nor contrived nutritional concotions.  These power bars are really straightforward:  egg whites, almonds, dates and peanut butter (or something to that affect).  It’s nice to recognize the ingredients on a package instead of trying to decipher words & find the commas ,)

In the same way, we would be wise to consider what’s inside of each of us:  what we think about and allow into our hearts affects what we do & say.  When we ruminate on being selfish, allowing judgment & unforgiveness to reside in our thoughts / heart, when we let bitterness & resentment to run amuck in our emotions, let’s be abundantly clear that such hurtful ingredients will taint our external behaviors / interactions.  Maybe this is why it’s so important that we do what Paul says in Phil 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Don’t Lose Your Mind

When I walk in my house, there’s a key ring where I always hang my car keys. I do this so that I can find them easily & not waste time looking for them, nor getting frustrated. Keeping things in their place helps me not lose things.
The same thing applies to my mind. If I keep my mind set in the right place, I don’t “lose” it. There are definitely times when my mind gets lost in various quagmires – emotional rabbit trails, planning stuff that’s not productive, relationship struggles, anxieties, dwelling on past failures, etc.
If we want to keep our mind in a good place, not lost or meandering, then let’s remember to always “set” our minds and n the Spirit, so that we have life & peace – Romans 8:6 🙂

Not What I Expected


“Well, that was different!” All of us have had those times when we thought something would be different than what actually happened. Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised & sometimes we are bitterly disappointed. Thankfully, nothing catches the Holy Spirit by surprise & when I remember this, I’m always deeply encouraged in my soul. Furthermore, I’m increasingly convinced that the Holy Spirit uses all kinds of experiences, people & even uncertainties to help me walk more closely with Him.

So the key take away I’d suggest for today is that we stay in love with God & true to how God has designed us. When we do these things, no matter what happens God will work out things to be beneficial to us, based on Romans 8:28 🙂

Feel free to share this with anyone who could be going through some unexpected challenges!

admiration & esteem

 I’ve been thinking about people who I admire & more specifically, what I admire about these individuals.  Here are some thoughts:

  • Kathy – I admire her quiet strength;  she is the glue to her family
  • Christy – I admire her willingness to serve & use her talents in any opportunity to glorify Jesus
  • Karen – I admire her wisdom & ability to hear God
  • Steve – I admire his exuberance & zest for life
  • Diane – I admire her ability to work SUPER HARD & not complain
  • Tim – I admire his leadership & willingness to make step up & make difficult decisions
  • Jeremy – I admire his willingness to not get stuck in his intelligence but to include the reality of healthy spiritual living
  • Julie – I admire her commitment to spiritual community even when its difficult
These thoughts have come on the heels of something I read this morning: Phil 4:8 – think about what is true, honorable, right, lovely, pure & a good repute / admirable.  It seems to me that when I look for these things or think about them, its easier to find & see them all around me 🙂