Happy Day to Give Thanks

I have so much I am thankful for.

A great wife.

A fantastic family.

Loving friends.

Good health.

A prosperous career.

The blessing of doing things which bring fulfillment.

Abiding peace and joy even in the midst of stress.

And a relationship with the one who blesses me with it all.

So if you are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving!

If you don’t live in the U.S. I hope you have a joyful day.

Either way I hope in the midst of your busyness you will take a moment to reflect on all you have to be thankful for.

It will make all the difference.

 

What are you most thankful for?  Please share it so we can rejoice with you.

 

God Rocks #13: Surprised by Joy Even when Rejected

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Christians are being persecuted in greater numbers around the world today than at any time in history. You see it constantly in the news.

But frankly, we don’t need to go very far from home to find it.

 

Photo Credit: Sam Gewinski

Photo Credit: Sam Gewinski

 

What about the woman whose husband leaves her because she gave her life to Jesus and suddenly has changed?

What about the man passed up for promotion when he no longer feels comfortable going along with less than ethical business practices because his life has changed?

What about the friends you had who no longer want to hang out because you don’t party like you used to? [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Healing Hand of God” by Jeremy Camp

A beautiful reminder of how God enters into our brokenness to bring us healing and wholeness.

I hope it encourages you this Sunday.

 

 

If you have trouble viewing it you can see it here.

 

Do you have a favorite video?

 

God Rocks #12: Surprising Peace in the Midst of Anger

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I was driving to work on the freeway when a car a ways in front of me pulled over from the far left lane into the middle lane without looking and cut off a guy in a pickup truck. He slammed on his brakes then immediately pulled into the left lane and sped up. Just as he passed the car that had cut him off he swerved to the right in front of it causing that driver to slam on her brakes almost causing an accident.

By this time I backed way off from them thinking, “Not sure what game you’re playing but I don’t want to be a part of it.”

Then I thought, “Really? All that anger for one mistake? Was it worth it?”

 

 

Photo Credit: Randy Rathbun

Photo Credit: Randy Rathbun

 

Yet, unfortunately I think that’s a picture of how so many people live in their relationships. [Read more...]

God Rocks #11: Seeing God Everyday

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I was having lunch with an atheist friend a few weeks ago. He said, “I look around at our world and universe and I don’t see God.”

I replied, “I look around at our world and universe and don’t understand how someone can’t see God.”

 

Photo Credit: Steve Levi

Photo Credit: Steve Levi

 

I have friends who are Christians who talk about karma and luck. Then say, “I never see God act.”

Occasionally I’ve replied, “I don’t believe in karma or luck. And frankly I see God everyday when I’m looking.”

I’ve had people tell me, “I get along just fine without God.” [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “The Voice” by Celtic Woman

A beautiful song with haunting words.

What is the “voice?”  Who’s is voice?

Hope you enjoy this on your Sunday.

 

 

If you can’t see the video you can watch it here.

Do you have a favorite music video?

God Rocks #10: Healing for Hurting Relationships

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Divorce in our country is rampant. Over half of all marriages end in it. And by far the majority of serious relationships implode before they ever get to marriage.

 

Photo: Bert Kaufmann

Photo: Bert Kaufmann

 

 

The results are lives devastated. Families destroyed. Friends divided. Hearts broken. Confidence crushed.

 

Feeling as though your soul has been torn out. Your insides ripped apart.

 

Often it starts with a thoughtless comment or action. That’s followed by a sharp response. Retaliated by additional actions and words. Until the relationship spirals out of control.

Each feels the other one started it. Each one waits for the other to apologize and make amends.

Each thinks, “Well I’m not the one to blame.” And you know, they might be right. But the destruction is still just as real. [Read more...]

God Rocks #9: Finding Healing in our Failures

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

Unresolved guilt and shame is a leading cause of mental and emotional distress according to many authorities.

We hurt a loved one with a cutting word or betrayal. Then later we regret it and feel empty because we hurt the one we love.

 

Photo by Rowanhill

Photo by Rowanhill

 

 

We break our own moral values and wonder afterward, “How could I do something like that?” And we’re filled with shame and self condemnation.

 

So we try to fix the problem but sometimes we can’t.

 

So we ignore them thinking, “Well, everyone makes mistakes.”

And you know they do. But we’re still left with the lingering guilt which haunts us.

And often leaves us feeling far away from God. Maybe too far we think. [Read more...]

Sunday Music: “Majesty” by Michael W. Smith

Just a simple and beautiful song that touches my soul.

I hope it brightens your Sunday.

 

 

 

If you have trouble viewing this video you can watch it here.

If you have a favorite music video please share it.

Blessings!

God Rocks #8: Surprising Abundance

Part of the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!

 

I had a front row seat watching the train wreck called the “Great Recession”. I fielded never ending phone calls from my clients who were terrified.

In a word the recession was mainly caused by greed.

 

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

Photo by Jose Manuel Rios Vallente

 

Many people bought houses they knew they couldn’t afford to live the “American Dream.”

Others heading into retirement with nowhere near enough savings took long shot investments to make up for their lack.

Banks willingly made bad loans to collect fees. [Read more...]