A Heart that Reflects the King

Nature sometimes shouts about God.   While enjoying this lake at a retreat recently, I noticed something quite simple and wonderful. When the water was calm, the surface nearly perfectly reflected the beauty of the shoreline.  If the  shoreline represents God, we want to reflect Him, just as this water reflects the trees.  When our […]

The Horse You Ride

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (ESV) ~~~ At most equestrian events, you ride your well-trained horse as fast and as well as you can.   You give […]

Lamenting The Days

Sometimes it seems our world is only filled with wars, civil unrest, beheadings, evil rampages and moral decline.  It must pain God to see how we treat each other….in both unspoken ways (like prejudice) and in more outward ways like murder and the bombing of innocents. Isaiah 60:2 (ESV) says: For behold, darkness shall cover the […]

What legacy will you leave?

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to […]

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 […]

Puppies, Wolves and a Receptive Heart

In Luke 8 Jesus says our heart’s ability to receive Him and His Word is like different kinds of soil. Packed Soil that’s packed down like a well-worn path…or a hardened heart; Satan comes and steals the seed from this soil.  When my heart is hardened or bitter I find it nearly impossible to receive truth from God. Rocky Soil […]

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 […]

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Meditations of the Heart

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds (and hearts) are steadfast, because they trust in you.  – Isaiah 26:3 (NIV, emphasis added) The word steadfast means ‘to lean, support, lay and rest’.   If you want peace, the formula is pretty straight-forward. The verse says, that keeping your mind leaned on, rested on, supported by […]

The Whisper to a Prideful Heart – Part 1

The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.  – Proverbs 16:5 ~~~~~ There is a voice that whispers to our heart that cleverly says “look away, look away”. Look to yourself, look to what you have, look to what you’ve built, look to what you want…look […]

The heart as the spring of life

To me, one of the most life-impacting verses in the Bible is Proverbs 4:23. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV, bold added) To better illuminate this verse below are a few other translations: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT) Watch over your […]