What do you do when you know better, but the Bible feels lifeless? Let me start with a story. If you know me, that’s where I always start. We were at Sunset Crater Volcano. We walked along and through black rivers of hardened volcanic flow. When we reached a paved path, I could almost hear […]
Everyone wants to feel loved. It makes you feel valuable. They tell me feeling loved makes you live longer. One thing I know for sure it makes you feel happier. So let me ask you, Are you interested in reading a love letter? I mean a love letter that is written to you? I know […]
Are you a door for the King of Glory? I’ve asked you stranger questions before… but, seriously, this has got to rank up there with one of the strangest questions– Are you a door for the King of Glory? So let me tell you a story before you answer my question. He had failed once, […]
I’m always learning…but honestly the lesson I learned at the wedding reception surprised me. But, let me show you instead of tell you. Come walk with me and let’s take a closer look at the wedding reception at Cana in John 2. You can hear the laughter and the voices trying to talk over the […]
This fall has been crazy busy, but again and again I found myself standing on the back porch just drinking in the beauty around me. I want the leaves in all their glory to stay put. I want to say to them, “Don’t fall! You’re so beautiful. Below you’ll see a few pictures from my back porch.
As often as we could, but not nearly often as I would like, Wayne and I hiked trails through the woods. One of my favorite trails is along the Swannanoa River that courses through the park and campus at Montreat College. It’s a noisy hike in the fall. Have you ever noticed how loud dry leaves can sound? The rattle of dry leaves flapping on the ends of thin branches in the gentle breeze call for me to stop and watch. Squirrels and even lizards moving in the leaf piles at the foot of tall trees makes them sound much bigger and more threatening than they are. Or the sound of leaves dancing around in a whirl of dizzying wind, a tiny whirl-wind that blows out as quickly as it comes. And the voice of the water as it tumbles over rock piles, gurgling and laughing as the path twists around and over the rippling stream. The peaceful, wonderful and soothing sounds of fall.
I watch the leaves tumble or float, while others whirl and twirl as they leave the tree where they’ve worked since spring. Sometimes the wind catches the leaves, blowing them off the trees until it looks like it is raining leaves.
But if you are an adult, falling isn’t fun. It’s funny to someone else, but it’s not fun. Just a side note, why is it watching people fall down is so hilarious? And I’m not the only person that laughs when someone falls. America’s Funniest Videos (AFV) celebrated 500 episodes and 22 years of laughing at people fall. Which only proves falling is funny, as long as they don’t get hurt and it’s not you!
But far too often falling isn’t funny and people do get hurt. Ask my friend that broke her wrist from a recent fall. Or my neighbor that was holding a ladder for her husband, when he missed a rung on the ladder, he tumbled down, onto his wife. While it was a soft landing for him, it was a broken leg for her. Falling wasn’t funny to either of them.
So my advice—don’t fall!
Are you thinking, “Yeah? And how am I gonna keep from falling?”
So glad you asked! While carefulness and determination are part of surefootedness, you need more. You can get hurt if you fall physically, but you can hurt your testimony and yourself worse if you fall spiritually. By falling, I mean fall into sin, fall into rebellion or depression or even resentment.
Paul offers some powerful God breathed advice on how not to fall.
2 Peter 1:5-10 nlt So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. 6 Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. 7 Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. 8 The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin. 10 So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away.
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! (Quoted- Source is widely argued.)
Think Missional! Pass this on to someone you think may enjoy it or need it.
Stability? Is it possible for you to experience it with all the shifts and changes that are going on around you? We are a mobile society. People are constantly uprooting and moving to new places. Divorce. Job changes. a new boss…a new career..companies closing…opportunities that dry up… Life changes…growing older…getting married… Change happens and it […]
challenge started with a simple instruction in a podcast. “Write down your top 20 “Go To Encouragement Verses.” I am going to give you two minutes to jot them down.” Two minutes? Maybe I could do that with an Internet Connection and twenty minutes, but two minutes? I accepted the challenge. While I pray the […]
I realize that so many of my readers are grandparents, like me. You might be tempted to skip over this article, but it could help you encourage your grandchildren to read the Bible. Or maybe it could encourage a young parent that you know. So please read it and pray fully consider how you can […]
I was discouraged. Maybe it was because I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Maybe I brought it on myself because I was looking at circumstances instead of the promises of God. But the problems were real and I couldn’t see a solution in any direction I looked. It was the end of a year. I had […]
I was a proud mama last week when my daughter, Kimberly, graduated from Aveda Beauty Institute with the highest GPA in her class. Another honor was bestowed on her when her classmates voted for her to speak for them at graduation. Kimberly carefully prepared and practiced to hone her presentation. Ashlyn, her daughter, asked, “Are […]
No Idea Moses had no idea that God was on a mission when he encountered the burning bush on the backside of the desert. God’s purpose was two fold. He wanted to deliver His people out and in: Out of the fiery furnace of slavery (Deuteronomy 4:20) and into His presence. Again and again […]