I am confident that you want to celebrate next New Years - January 2020 - with memories of happiness, peace, comfort, and an overall fun 2019. Of course you do. We all do! I certainly want to enjoy a wonderful 2019. But how do we ensure that happens? How do we set goals, create rhythms, … Continue reading Are you ready for a spectacular 2019?
All of us want to enjoy life. We want meaning, happiness, and satisfaction. Sure, we know there will be seasons of hardship, but we also know that life can be so much more. Perhaps the best way to answer this title question is by answering a few questions about your own life: What is the … Continue reading How does someone live a full, abundant, good, joy-filled life?
It is easy and sometimes tempting to live life day by day, simply looking at the choices right in front of you and making decisions that benefit you and your family. But is that how we are meant to live our lives? If your daily choices are not shaped by the virtues you hold dear, you … Continue reading What are the virtues that define your life?
You may or may not be interested in setting a New Years Resolution, but undoubtedly there have been times in life when you’ve set goals to work toward. Why do we do this? Is it worth the energy and effort? In a nutshell, the answer would be: Yes. It is worth setting goals. It is … Continue reading Is it worth setting goals?
We all want good things in life. We want happiness, we want a steady job, we want deep friendships, we want healthy kids, we want good things. But is the old cliché true that you can have too much of a good thing? Defining "A Good Thing" We can't answer the question without more fully … Continue reading Is There Really Such Thing as “Too Much of a Good Thing”?
It’s that time of year… Christmas shopping. Whether your kids still wait up late for Santa or you’re working over the holiday this year, Christmas is a time when our culture and community thinks about gifts, presents, and what special things we can share with those we love. It is easy to identify things we … Continue reading What’s on your Christmas list?
"Where are you from?" If the thought of answering that question in one sentence puts you on edge slightly, you might have spent your childhood traveling from one place to another. For others, you may have been born and raised in the same place. When I was a child, I often wondered what it would … Continue reading Where have you been, Wanderer?
How do you handle the storms of life? We know they are inevitable, yet we often find ourselves ill-prepared and overwhelmed. Let’s take a look at how the disciples and Jesus handled a storm in Mark 4. As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they … Continue reading Success in the Storm of Mark 4
Work is not meant to be a bad thing in our lives. It is not the punishment for Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden. In fact, work is a God-given, good thing for men and women. The first three chapters of Genesis show a lot of work. God created for six days, and then … Continue reading Why do we work?
The quick answer? YES. We all want to be happy and to enjoy life! And the Bible tells us that this is a good thing. God promises his people joy: it is part of the Holy Spirit’s fruit in a believer’s life (Galatians 5:22) and Jesus promises his disciples multiple times that they will have complete … Continue reading Is it okay to want joy?