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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Be Transformed

Transform: alter, amend, modify, adjust, bend, fine-tune, revise, rework, correct, change, revolutionize.

We have watched fall turn into winter and while I love the fall, I also enjoy the winter and all it brings. Living in the Midwest, folks can enjoy each season (not like my brother in MN who gets just 2 weeks of fall). But inevitably it seems I am never ready for the change. It happens too fast. Am I the only one who wasn’t ready for negative temperatures!?!

As Christ makes us into His new creations, sometimes we can think that He is moving too fast. Other times we wonder “What’s taking so long?” But God’s timing is always perfect even when we think it isn’t. If you think God is changing you too fast, maybe He is teaching you patience. If you think He is moving too slow, perhaps you still haven’t given Him everything.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Am I A Simpleton?

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ‘tis the gift to be free.

Have you ever heard that before? It’s a refreshing mindset needed in this day and age of “always on/always on me” living. You know... “My cell is always on and it’s always on me.” We have a deep need to keep things simple. God meant it to be that way. Remember, He created the Garden of Eden… (Simple) but we create things like the IRS (Complicated).

Why do we always seem to fall into the trap of thinking “more is better” or “busy equals productive?” I submit that we are just WRONG! If we truly believe that God’s ways are better than ours, then let us remember that he says “Be Still and know that I AM God.”

It’s getting more and more difficult to appreciate the “simple” things in life because they seem to be going the way of the dodo bird. Let’s not merely appreciate the simple things, let’s also advocate for them.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I've Lost Something Inside

After a year or more of on-again, off-again chronic pain in my abdomen, I've had my gallbladder removed. Come to find out it was sick! This is a surgery I would not recommend. I'm left with 4 holes in my belly and forced to a strict bland, no fat diet. The positive is I've lost about 12 pounds.

I thank God for a capable surgeon who listened to me and allowed me to ask questions. Even more I thank God for a great wife who waited on me and helped me whenever I needed anything. It will be 3 weeks this coming Monday and I'm just starting to introduce "real food" to my stomach again. I even mowed part of the yard today! Since my "episodes" seemed to occur every 6-8 weeks, I won't be able to confirm that this was all about my gallbladder for a few months. But I am already feeling better than I did prior to the surgery, so I'm very hopeful that this has taken care of all my issues I've been enduring over the last 14-16 months.