A Controlled Burn

I was at a local County Fire & Rescue Department recently conducting training when everyone’s radios began to squawk with alarms.  Two fire captains launched into action and left what I thought was quite valuable training!     😉 A call had gone out for a house fire. Not too soon later they returned to […]

The Weeds Near Our Soul

I love the near-instant satisfaction of working in the yard. When it’s tended to regularly the results can be fabulous.   Just like our soul.   Tending to and caring for the health of our soul can result in its blossoming into the wonderful entity God intended.  The opposite is also true, right? My work […]

The Crown Must Win

The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. – Psalm 103:19 (NASB) When the King of England died in 1952, his daughter Elizabeth was thrust onto the world stage as Queen of the United Kingdom.   In the Netflix series “The Crown” the Queen’s grandmother writes Elizabeth a powerful […]

Do you live a “Groundhog Day” life?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10 ESV ~~~~~ Perhaps you remember the movie – Groundhog Day.  Each day Bill Murray wakes up and relives the same day as before.  When he first realizes that his days are repeating, he […]

Pant, Thirst and Cleave to You Oh God

As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42: 1-2 (NASB) ~~~~~ I heard a speaker at a men’s retreat once say that he wakes each morning and runs to the cross of Christ. He wakes up and runs, not walks, […]

Water for our Heart

Back in the spring I drove to north Georgia with my son Will to see an old friend.  As is common in that area, there was a stream running alongside the road kicking up mesmerizing white water.  It was clear that the power of the moving water had cut a path through the rocks and earth.   When applied over […]

Directions for a Healthy Heart

I have a confession to make.  I’ve always been the kind of person that acts first and reads directions later.  I like to think I’m doing better in this area as I get older but, if I’m honest, I still prefer speed and action over slower, thoughtful effort. As  you may know, sometimes doing things this […]

Give me a pure heart, oh God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 (NIV) This plea from King David was his response after his affair with Bathsheba.   When facing his sin, he turned to God and cried out for a clean heart.  We too can follow David’s example, turn to God and seek a pure heart. […]

Path to the Heart

I may be oversimplifying things, but it seems to me that there are three important layers to how we process this life around us: Stimulus: The world around us. (top layer) Our Mind: This is where we perceive, reason and react to the world around us. (middle layer) Our Heart: This is where our core motivations […]

The Wonder of a Heart Like God’s

There are some things about this vast universe that simply boggle our minds. It’s estimated that we can only see 2% of the actual spectrum of light….only 2%. There are roughly 7 other dimensions of time and space we can’t comprehend. 90% of the cells in our brain (glial) have no known function. These are […]