Archive from January, 2014
Jan 28, 2014 - Hearing From God    4 Comments

WE ARE GOD’S PUZZLE PIECES

Last week’s post was about putting the puzzle pieces together. I shared why I was so resistant to my wife bringing home a puzzle. After prayer, The Lord showed me that my resistance towards Amy’s puzzle was pure selfishness. He used a puzzle to give me a truer sense of the meaning of family through the word COMMUNITY. Community starts first with the family and is to then radiate outside of the home. The Holy Spirit, not only taught me about community but also showed me that we are God’s puzzle pieces.

WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

Psalms 139:13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

As God’s puzzle pieces, the Bible points out that each of us are unique. I have two little girls and it is amazing how different they are from each other. Our oldest, Emma Grace, has a deep compassion for others and is always ready toimage extend the hand of friendship. She’s also our artistic one. She enjoys drawing and designing things but when it comes to picking up after herself that is a whole other story. Ella, on the other hand, is our industrious one. I call her daddy’s little helper because she loves to help. Ella often helps me when I’m sorting laundry, washing the cars, making the beds and even shoveling snow. Her sister will help provided you pay her. I guess she’s a business women. As parents, Amy and I do our best to foster their uniqueness and to teach them what the will of God is for their life. We don’t ever want to kill their spirit and how God has made them uniquely different. We don’t need mini clones of ourselves.

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Jan 21, 2014 - Hearing From God    4 Comments

PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

 

Last year my wife brought home a five hundred piece puzzle and placed the box on top of a chest we have in our imagefamily room. This chest is in front of our couch and serves as a coffee table of sorts. At first I didn’t think much of this puzzle box and thought maybe she bought the puzzle as a gift for someone. Amy does things like that. She is known to surprise friends and family with gifts; especially, when it comes to what I consider unique gifts like a puzzle. Well, I was wrong because the next day it was open and pieces were spread all over the top of the chest. Amy was sitting on the ottoman in front of the chest working on this puzzle. I thought to myself, what is she doing? Doesn’t she know that before you know it, we are going to end up with missing puzzle pieces everywhere …. under the sofa, under the chest and not to mention inside our vacuum when I go to vacuum the carpet. I can’t be searching for puzzle pieces every time I go to vacuum the carpet. I tried not to voice my opinion to Amy but I was bursting at the seams. “Amy, don’t you realize that we’re going to end up with puzzle pieces all over the house, not to mention, who’s going to retrieve them from the vacuum when they get sucked up?” I said. Amy laughed, “I don’t see why you’re making such a big deal about a puzzle. I thought that putting a puzzle together would be a relaxing and fun activity for our family to do.” Oh …” I said, on the outside but on the inside I thought, It might be fun for you and the girls, but not for me.

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Jan 15, 2014 - Family Matters    No Comments

STOP COMPARING AND START CARING

During a recent counseling session, I was listening to a couple share some frustration they were feeling towards each other. It was a familiar theme to me and perhaps will be to you. It was the very common, “I do everything and you don’t do anything,” debate. My response, thanks to the Holy Spirit, was we need to stop comparing and start caring.

The next morning I still had this thought circling in my head and I decided to run it past my brother when we went out to breakfast. So I asked him have you ever found yourself, whether on a conscious or unconscious level, comparing things? For example, you’re driving in your car and you happen see another car that peaks your interest and before you realize it you’re thinking about that car in comparison to yours. “Oh yea! he replied, I imagine most people find themselves comparing things … isn’t that human nature?

SO WHY DO WE COMPARE?

Why do we find ourselves operating in this comparing mode in the first place? Some of us compare out of curiosity,image others out of desire, and some of us out our greed to have more.
The Book of Genesis is where I believe this issue with comparing, in an ungodly way, started. Let’s explore how comparing first developed with Adam and his wife Eve, in the garden that God had made just for them. It all comes down to making that Godly decision when faced with choices, despite the desire we all have to compare one thing against another.

GENESIS 2:9 The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God clearly made a distinction among these two trees. The Tree Of Life produced life eternal and The Tree of Knowledge of Good And Evil produced death – eternal separation from God. GENESIS 2:16-17 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

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