In the gospel of Luke, Jesus asks a question. "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?"
Planning is crucial to any endeavor. The old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is true of our finances, our eating, how we use our time, every area of life.
Dr. Richard Dobbins has been in counseling for about 40 years. He made this statement: "In all my years at Emerge Ministries, I have never had someone with significant issues who had adequate verbal love expressed by their parents."
That is a huge, time-bomb statement made by an expert.
If we could have coffee today I'd say, "You've already won!"
You've been fighting a hard battle. Behind closed doors, within the quietness of your heart, in the hours when it seems the rest of the world is sleeping. You are a warrior, my friend. A person of courage. Yes, you. The one who sometimes feels weak. The one who wonders if they will ever prevail. The one whose hand trembles on the sword sometimes.
Husbands and wives may be different in the way they view money. Some like to save, some spend. Some like detail and looking at numbers, while others don’t want to be bothered with the details.
The fact is that God has made us different for a reason. He knows that bringing people together who have different tendencies and priorities helps bring balance to a relationship.
Most of the women had left the room. I could sense that she wanted to flee, but something kept her feet rooted to the floor.
"I've been told for years that when I forgive myself I'll be free," she said. "But I can't do it. I've tried."
This beautiful mom and wife had been trying for years to do a job that wasn't hers to perform.
What is a "comfort zone?" Comfort zones are invisible barriers of belief, attitude and behavior that make us feel comfortable and secure.
Comfort is good unless it restricts us from needed change.
If we could have coffee today, I'd say, "You're not alone."
We all have moments when we feel alone. In a world where everyone seems to be connected, it seems ironic that studies show we’re more isolated than ever before. That sense of separateness can create cracks that let lies slip in to our hearts...
My two-year-old grandson, Luke, stood at the edge of the pool, wearing floaties and sweet little goggles that made him look like a frog.
He came close and backed away several times. I slipped next to him and held him close. Into the water we went.
"I got you, buddy. I got you," I whispered.
“Your taxes are ready to file, Mr. Jones, you are going to get $3,000 back this year!” Those are words we love to hear! A tax refund!
The question is, “What should I do with my refund this year?”
You don't have to try so hard. I know sometimes you think you do. There's a place inside that worries if you let up for even just a little while that it may all fall apart, that you may fall apart.
But here's the secret: you don't have to hold yourself, your life, this world together. That's far too much for any of us.