Swim!

Have you ever reached a point where you felt that you were all out of hope? Maybe you realized that you were headed in a downward spiral, so you tried swimming out of those emotions and thoughts. However, you quickly realized that, though putting forth much effort, you were only swimming in circles. Maybe this sinking was because you lacked hope for someone else or yourself. When we lose hope in someone or something, our own hope begins to deplete and we can sense waves rising up around us. In these times, we can try so hard to muster up our strength and say, “I’m coming to You, God!” but until we realize our dependence on Him we will get nowhere at all. Continue reading “Swim!”

Ripple Effect

A couple weeks ago my family went to visit my older brother who works as the Equestrian Program Director at Three Springs Ministries in Wellsboro, PA*. One of my favorite parts of visiting him is hiking the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon which is practically in his backyard. On our last trip, my younger brother and I were skipping rocks in Pine Creek at the bottom of the canyon. After tossing a pebble in the creek he tried counting how many ripples he could make. This got me thinking about the ripple effect our actions cause in life. Continue reading “Ripple Effect”

The Sustainer of All

I love playing the piano; it ranks as the top thing to do in my leisure time and worship time. I am fascinated by the acoustics and musical science behind how it works. However, last week the sustain pedal on my piano broke. In case you are unfamiliar with the piano, the sustain pedal is used to hold notes out while playing other notes; it releases the hammer, allowing the strings to vibrate freely, creating a smooth, connected, legato sound. Finally, I have it fixed, and it is back to making those smooth and free acoustics it is familiar with playing.

This made me think about how God holds and supports us. Continue reading “The Sustainer of All”

Rooted Deep

Grass. You see it everywhere. From beautiful pastures to the annoying times it grows in your landscape or between your patio. But have you ever stopped and thought about how incredible it is? Imagine your yard without it. Imagine a mountainside without it. A golf course with no grass. How about Scotland, grassless. And finally, imagine Greenland with no blade of grass in sight (right, Greenland has no grass). Perhaps up close one blade of grass doesn’t leave a huge impression but after thinking about how bare our world would be without it, it’s quite the sight. Now, what can we learn from this crucial aspect of God’s Creation?
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Endless Opportunities

Recently I heard a businessman explain to me that his working time was worth “$100 per hour.” Because of that, he wanted to make sure that he was using his time in the most effective ways possible to better his business. In the realm of business, this is crucially important. But, in life, if we think our time is worth “x” amount of dollars per hour then we’re not spending it right! Continue reading “Endless Opportunities”

Are You Worn Out?

There is a war being fought all around us. It is not one in the physical realm, but it is taking place in the spiritual realm that exists all around us. It is the war between good and evil; between God and the Devil. And they are fighting for you. The Bible is clear about what the enemy’s motive is. Jesus says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”(NIV). He is good at what he does and he is looking to cause you harm. Continue reading “Are You Worn Out?”