“Faith and Persistence”

I’m listening to a woodpecker.Tap-tap-tap. Pause. Tap-tap. Pause. Tap-tap-tap. On and on and on!The woodpecker has the powerful combination of faith and persistence. Jesus said, “Look at the birds...your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26) He might not find success after hours in my tree. He may move to... Continue Reading →

“This Too Shall Pass”

I suspect we’ve all heard the phrase: “This too shall pass.” On days when it seems that nothing is going quite right, and the day seems to lasts forever, I comfort myself with that thought. But then, so did Jesus. It is written that because of the joy set before Him, He endured the cross.He... Continue Reading →

“A Spiritual Clipboard”

Last week, I noticed a clipboard abandoned on a table. It held things that might be useful, “just in case.” It occurred to me the Bible is like a clipboard. It’s filled with spiritual “just in case” thoughts. For instance: “Wisdom that descends from above” is “full of mercy...without partiality...without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) I need to... Continue Reading →

“Beautiful Cover-up”

In India, women like to stain their feet and hands with a light, reddish-brown color. They call it Mehendi. It’s beautiful. But there’s a reason for this fashion—the daily grime of living in poverty. It’s a beautiful cover-up. Spiritually, I beautifully cover-up my selfishness and pride under the color of the good that I do... Continue Reading →

“Even Better Than Before”

I had just bought a small birdhouse basket.  At home, I noticed a small natural gap in the wood. So, I decided to use some carpenter’s glue and a small nail. After the repair, I realized that the basket was stronger than it was originally. And isn't that how it is, in Christ? We’re filled... Continue Reading →

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