3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

3 Exercises to Grow in Gratitude

Newsflash Erin –  Thanksgiving is past. But before you look the other way I have a question for you… 

Have you ever felt like the Christmas season has surfaced unrealized hopes, unmet expectations, and unrelenting comparisons?

They have for me.

Images of perfectly behaved children in matching Gymboree attire dance in my head. Hopes of a Hallmark holiday for friends and family capture my heart. Dreams of baking something that looks like the picture fixates my hands. The compare snare seems to work overtime in this month, snatching away my heart of thanks-living.Continue reading

A Parenting Confession

“Mommy and Daddy don’t give more things to an ungrateful child!,” I have said over and over to my son. Have you ever had spoken words you knew figuratively, were going to smack you straight between the eyes?

Recently, I had time of confession with the Lord. My mind was focused on the have-nots rather than the haves. Rather than seeing the richness of my life, I was looking at my requests. And the words I have said to my sons hit me straight between the eyes and a spirit of conviction washed over me as I realized how ungrateful I really was.

My problem was my focus and it left me with an ungrateful heart.Continue reading

A Soul Satisfying Encounter

A Soul Satisfying Encounter

Have you ever come to a worship service feeling one way and left with a completely different disposition? Have you come into church feeling discouraged or distracted and left feeling encouraged or focused? Have ever walked through the doors feeling isolated and alone and walked out knowing you have a great God and church community behind you? Have you ever sat down in the seats feeling empty and stood up to leave experiencing a fullness and filling you didn’t know possible?

Often, we think that a change occurred because of the lovely smiles on the nice people we sat around, the songs in worship were ones we love, or even the teacher spoke with great power that particular day. Of course, these are all tools God uses, but what we most likely experienced was the presence of the Living God.Continue reading

Life’s Nagging Question

Life’s Nagging Question

A straight forward and clear answer to one of life’s most nagging questions. Proverbs 19:22 uses 7 words to answer the soul searching quest we all find ourselves on in life. What does my soul really desire? What will truly satisfy me? There seems to be a myriad of New York Best Sellers, commercial ads, and magazine covers that attempt to answer this question with anything but the answer before us in Proverbs.Continue reading

Searching for Satisfaction

Searching for Satisfaction

Are you fully satisfied? Would the word content describe you? In the passage  a rich young man comes to Jesus and is looking for some help with his dissatisfaction. He is perplexed, because he has kept all the rules, yet still feels something lacking in his experience of God. It is an honest question. “What do I still lack?” In other words, “what do I need to do; what’s still wrong with me; what will it take?” If the rich young man were alive today, the lyrics to U2’s But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For might resonate with him.Continue reading