I wrote this article below last year after Christmas (12/27/17). I still feel very much the same about Christmas this year as I write this on 12/3/18. This year, I've again attacked decorating my house for Jesus early, right after Thanksgiving, but this time I have done it in small stages, involving my granddaughters in … Continue reading Some lessons I’m learning about Christmas.
If this blog post affects you like me, you might want to have some tissues ready. I was driving home from church on a sunny, beautiful fall day recently. My route takes me directly beside the cemeteries near where I live. It always makes me a little sad each time I drive by and remember … Continue reading Cemeteries Don’t Lie
I have caught a travel bug. Even though I am too ill and weak to do very much very consistently when I travel (I can't bicycle, snorkel, kayak, etc.), I love hitting the road to see new scenery or to return to favorite happy places: Astoria/Warrenton/Gearhart/Seaside/Cannon Beach/Lincoln City/Newport are all high on my list. Except … Continue reading The Travel Bug
Warning, this post is about 1600 words long -- you may want to relax and get a nice beverage when you have time to ponder this. A friend loaned me Happiness by Randy Alcorn. I gave it a light read. It's a very worthwhile book. I'm preparing this "review" and summary mainly for my own … Continue reading Happiness by Alcorn (A Personal Review)
Psalm 23 has become one of my main Bible life lines. It isn't just a Psalm for a funeral recitation. When depression, anxiety, illness, or other "enemies" attack me, reciting and praying this Psalm has proven reliable to help me in time of need. I hope it might be a help to someone else. My … Continue reading Psalm 23 Prayers
As part of my focus on cooperating with God for my practical obedience of God, I have been studying and meditating on Biblical joy/emotional happiness. Studying it, thinking about it, and asking God for joy, is helping me hold all my thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ which is increasing my emotional joy … Continue reading Reasons to Live With Happiness and Joy
As part of my focus on my practical obedience of God (progressive sanctification process), I've been pondering Biblical joy/happiness. The Bible clearly commands believers in Jesus to rejoice always. (Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:16.) But what does this really mean? My pastor recently preached/taught through 1 Thessalonians and I was really struck with his excellent … Continue reading Happiness/Joy