Category Archives: Spiritual Journey

I Am Thankful

Thanksgiving gives us time to pause and count the many blessings that are already ours. Why don’t we take time to do this each and every day? The old exhortation to count your blessings is wisdom for all the generations, … Continue reading

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What’s Your Life Verse?

This summer I took a break from blogging on my Trails of Life blog. But it gave me time to get my woodworking and DIY blog up and running. (If you’re in to that kind of stuff, please check out … Continue reading

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But God …

I’ve been taking a break from blogging this summer, but continue to write. This poem came to me one Sunday after my pastor preached a message from Ephesians Chapter 2. More specifically–Ephesians 2:1-7: And you were dead in your trespasses … Continue reading

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Should Happiness Come Last?

   I recently listened to a sermon called God Never Said That: God Wants You Happy. After watching the sermon on my iPad I totally get the point of the sermon and agree with the overall message. The world’s definition … Continue reading

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Have Courage and Be Kind

Last week I enjoyed two trips to the cinemas–one with my wife and the second with my daughter. Both times we watched Cinderella. Though my man-card is certainly at risk of being snatched away, please hear me out. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Inspiring Humility – Some Weekend Reads

I guess you could say I’m an analytical thinker. It seems to show up in every personality test I take. It spills into my life as an engineer, a manager, a parent, an outdoorsman, a woodworker. I tend to look … Continue reading

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My Reading List for 2015

  I hope you are having a happy and productive 2015. Each year seems to bring its new set of challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. I’ve had many new responsibilities added to my bring-home-the-bacon job, and new writing … Continue reading

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God Can’t Please Everybody

“God can’t please everybody.” This stated by one of my pastors who recently gave a sermon. Somehow that thought stuck with me this week. Think about it: One man prays that it won’t rain on his parade. Another man (a … Continue reading

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Doing What We Ought To Do

I recently heard some great messages on selected passages from the Book of James. One of them that stood out was James 4:17 NIV If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is … Continue reading

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Ode by Joseph Addison

The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim: The unwearied sun, from day to day, Does his Creator’s power display, And publishes to every land The work … Continue reading

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Deo Volente

Not that I’m actively looking for new latin phrases to add to my vocabulary, but I found this particular phrase–Deo Volente–intriguing. In the early 1900’s it was common for the English to end their personal letters with Deo Volente or … Continue reading

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So, What Did You Think About The Sermon?

I recently read a post by Susan Barber called Hope for the Next Generation. Susan is a godly woman and teacher, and happens to be my kids favorite high school teacher. In her post, she said something that I think … Continue reading

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The A.C.T.S. Acrostic

My pastor recently finished a series of sermons about God’s Word–how we originally got it, how it was translated from the past to the present, and how we get it from our heads and into our hearts. In the last … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road

Last week I shared with you Psalm 104, how God is taking care of our world. No doubt He is active and concerned for his creation. And He’s concern for and active in His children’s lives. This week I listened … Continue reading

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God is Taking Care of the World

During a recent quiet time, I came across Psalm 104. Oh, such a spectacular Psalm. This Psalm just reminds me of how dependent I am on God for everything. The fact that I’m breathing right now and pecking on a … Continue reading

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Before and After

A few years ago my wife introduced me to Bill Phillip’s book, Body for Life. I wish I could tell you I followed all the wisdom in that book, but I did read it and attempted to apply some of … Continue reading

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The Lord is My Guide

Psalm 23 continues to be one of my favorite Psalms. I’m impressed by how David relates so personally to God. David could easily identify with shepherding, and he saw God as his great Shepherd. Of course, David was a shepherd … Continue reading

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Bible Fluency — The Challenges

Being a believer now for many years, my respect for the Bible has grown and grown. But I can also understand why unbelievers, seekers, and those new to the faith often struggle with what the Bible has to say. So … Continue reading

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How To Do An Inductive Bible Study

Last weekend at our men’s group meeting, one of the guys led an inductive Bible study on the first chapter of Colossians. It’s been a while since I’ve done an inductive Bible study, but this proved to be a simple … Continue reading

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You Are Wanted

Wanted by Dara Maclean is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. It touches my heart every time I hear it. Our God is truly amazing—that He would love us and want us. He knows us. He doesn’t make mistakes. … Continue reading

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