Posts Tagged ‘life’


“You did not choose me,


but I chose you …”


– Jesus 


Each day we have the opportunity through our thoughts and actions to choose Jesus.  When we choose kindness over irritabilty or choose reading the Bible before entertainment (social media, TV, etc.) we choose Jesus.  Sometimes I even whisper the words, “I choose you, Jesus.”  At other times, at the end of the day, I will think, “I didn’t choose well; I didn’t choose Jesus today.”  In 2014, let’s make a concentrated effort to “choose Jesus!”

My close friends Dianne and Perry Dodge hold marriage conferences.  One of their talks discusses what five minutes a day can do for your marriage.  When you improve your relationship with God, it can improve your marriage.  Making small choices for just five minutes every day can make a big difference in your life.  Here are some of Dianne and Perry’s suggestions of ways to devote five minutes of time to God throughout the day.  I challenge you to choose a few of these ways to spend more time with God.


What Do You Have That You’re Willing To Give To God?

My first 5 (or more) minutes of the day 
5 (or more) minutes of television time in the morning 
5 (or more) minutes of television time in the evening 
5 (or more) minutes of email/Facebook/internet time during the day 
Get up 5 (or more) minutes earlier 
5 (or more) minutes in the car 
5 (or more) minutes at lunch time 
Leave work 5 (or more) minutes early 
5 (or more) minutes during ________________________ 
Underneath each one of the above that you’ve picked, write down what you’d like to do during those 5 minutes. ie. Pray (talking to God, and listening to Him), read scripture, thank God for the things He’s done for you, pray for your spouse, pray for others, write in a spiritual journal, listen to inspirational music that draws you closer to God, etc. 
    (used with permission)

I would love to hear what you choose from the list and how choosing Jesus makes a difference for you in 2014. I choose to devote my lunch hour to God. 

How great it would be to hear Jesus say at the end of my life, “You chose me!”

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  (Colossians 3:22) 

Eight and a half years ago, Dianne Dodge and I prayed that my youngest son would be born on her birthday, January 1.  Not only was he born on her birthday, but he was also the first baby born in Nashville, TN in 2006.  Happy birthday to Dianne and my son Sterling!  

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Love the Lord your God
 with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind
and find out what pleases the Lord.
Matthew 22:37 & Ephesians 5:10
Loving somebody and wanting to please them go hand in hand.  This is a natural connection — a relationship connection that the Lord wants to have with us.  Recently, I have been noticing many verses that mention some form of the word “please,”and I would like to share some of them with you:
We have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask because we obey His commands and do what pleases Him.  And this is his command: to believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us. (1 John 3:21-23)
Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Romans 8:8)
Jesus said, “The one who sent me is with me; He has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.”  (John 8:29)
I urge you in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. (Romans 14:17-18)
My righteous one will live by faith.  I will not be pleased with the one who shrinks back. (Hebrews 10:39)
We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. (1 Thessalonians 2:1)
Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all
spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:9-10)
And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus  33:17)
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)
“Is this pleasing in your sight Lord?” is a question that should filter our thoughts and actions.  A great love for the Lord is the motivation for wanting every aspect of our lives to be pleasing to Him.

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A Time to Mourn …
Ecclesiastes 3:4
Oh, how I wish that mourning were not a part of our lives here on earth.  I wish it weren’t time to mourn for the incredible young man Ty Osman II.  For those of us who know Ty, it is our time to mourn and grieve, and to remember and reflect about what we can learn from his life.  For those of you who don’t know Ty, I would like to share a few of the many things that are being said about him. 
Ty …
  • Radiantly full of joy
  • Fun to be with
  • Loved God with all of his heart
  • A servant to the poor
  • Full of goodness, kindness and love
  • A defender of the weak
  • Splendid man of God
Every day Ty sought others out, to know them, include them, and invite them into a relationship.  To be pursued and known – what a gift.  Ty’s life modeled what God initiates every day with me … seeks, invites and includes.  Sorrow pours from my heart, but peace resides knowing Ty is with the one who knows and loves him best …  Ty’s life is truly an example of God’s love.  With all my heart, I am thankful for his example of finding joy in being with others and pursuing ALL of his relationships with abandonment.
  — Christiana Liddle
When it comes time for your loved ones to mourn for you, what words do you want said about you?
I am making everything new.  Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.  Revelation 21:5 & 4

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Living and Active

For the Word of God
 is Living and Active. 
Hebrews 4:12
There was a time in my life when the Bible was the last thing that I wanted to read.  I felt that it was boring and dry, so I began to pray that God would help me want to read the Bible.  That is the kind of prayer God loves to answer!  Over time, I have become excited about reading the Bible, and I continually find treasures that inspire, encourage, and challenge me.  God’s word is my lifeline.
Throughout 2012, I will be reading The Daily Bible.  It is the NIV Bible, in chronological order with 365 daily readings.  My mother-in-law shared her copy with me while we were in Missouri for Christmas.  She has been reading it for the past eight years.  In return, I gave her a copy of The Message, a version that I love.  I invite you to join us as we read through the Bible this year.
I hope this will be a wonderful year for you.  I am looking forward to discovering on an even deeper level what it means for God’s words to be “living and active” in my life.
NOTE: If you are new to Bible reading I suggest you start in the gospel of Mark or in Psalms or Proverbs.  Also, listening to the Bible on CD is a great way to experience the Bible.

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Shine like stars

You shine like stars in the universe
As you hold out the word of life …
Philippians 2:15-16
Recently, our very dear family friend, Liz LaVelle, was in a fatal car wreck.  She turned twenty-years-old in June.  Liz knew how to “cultivate inner beauty”.  She had a passion for helping foster children and convinced her parents to be relief foster parents. My sister Elizabeth wrote this poem to honor Liz, and I wanted to share it with you. 

For She is Shiny

is death final?
i say no.
it is a period.
at the end of a beautiful run on sentence.
in the midst of a beautiful novel.
a novel where there is, written between the lines,
a message
a secret message
not one bottled up at sea
never plainly seen
but sung so clearly
no, death is not the end

it’s a springboard for life
for her to unveil her love
to shine on
and to shine in
to her precious family here
she knows that love is eternal
that it lives
alive in our souls

it is good to remember
to read again the lines
to read again between them
because there
you will find her
for she is shiny
her truth in life
her love in death
is shiny

Elizabeth Smith Kendrick


Liz’s grandmother is my “Mama Sherrill”  Click here to read about her

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