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
There is a wonderful sermon that was preached by Dr. S. M. Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) in Detroit, Michigan in 1976. An excerpt from this sermon has been widely circulated and is available online, at YouTube, etc., entitled "That's My King!" The entire sermon is also available on YouTube. Someone posted … Continue reading “That’s my King!”
The Bible clearly teaches that believers in Christ are to be contented. What does contentment even mean? Am I contented with my life in Christ? Why not? I've been pondering this topic this year along with Biblical joy and other subjects related to my desire and focus to cooperate with God more in my progressive … Continue reading Got Contentment?