Daughters

3A889075-CBA5-45E3-BF20-2C585B790708“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭ESV‬‬

God has blessed me with two beautiful daughters. They have always been stars in my life, brightening my days. Each of them has different gifts and talents, but both put God first in their lives. Though everyone makes some deviations off the path of righteousness, they inspire me with their focus on doing right at all times. (And let me know when they think I am off course) Yes, they are physically beautiful too, but more importantly, they have beautiful hearts and souls. They deserve my praise and I thank God for them every day.

Go With All Your Heart

0C7C1FD0-A3B9-4CDE-A60B-49D502F988A1“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-39 ESV

Go With All Your Heart

Yesterday’s events aligned in such a way that this post is truly fresh. In Sunday school yesterday, we discussed how we should be in constant prayer with God, always doing our best and praising Him, no matter the circumstances. Shortly after Church, my sweet mother-in-law mentioned how she always enjoys what she is doing at the moment; and, she is always doing something for others. And our exchange student from Spain related her joy from being at a party with mostly strangers, relishing every experience in a foreign country. Finally, my wife spent over four hours on the phone with an airline agent, getting our tickets in order. All of these things reminded me of the greatest two commandments, which combine to say, “Go with all your heart”.

Thanksgiving

83705AB7-268C-4698-B2A6-88FE5B9042B8“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Thanksgiving

Our country created this holiday and it is one of my favorites. It is a time when the only expectation is to gather with family and friends and celebrate the bounteous blessings we have been given. Having been to a few third world countries, it is apparent that the vast majority of us in this country have tremendous wealth and plenty of food. Truly we have so much to be thankful for and we should be thankful every day. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Pride

2905515E-7704-41D4-8755-94CC544D9D7D“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Pride

In many ways, our culture has become very self-centered to the point of feeling proud of our own self-worth. Why do we praise pride? I believe it takes our focus off God who deserves all our focus and praise. We can feel joy for doing our best, but I believe pride merely tries to conceal something which we do not want others to discover—ultimately our own powerlessness without the power of God.

Redemption

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What an amazing story of redemption—the Virginia Cavaliers Men’s Basketball Team goes from worst to first. My deepest respect goes out to Coach Bennett for his character and composure. Today, on Mr. Jefferson’s Birthday, I salute all the hard work and praise God for guiding this team to its first National Championship! Wahoowa🏀

Glory

05B551DA-4CF4-47C2-990F-EA2C5538E30D“Let them praise the name of Jehovah; For his name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and the heavens.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭148:13‬ ‭ASV

GLORY
Today is a brilliant sunny and warm winter day—truly magnificent! There are many ways He displays His Glory every day, but too often I lack sufficient thankfulness. Not today, I am so thankful and full of joy!