We have two big beautiful trees in our front yard. They provide shade in the summer. Our daughters love to climb in and hang on the branches. We enjoy watching the birds build their nests in the spring. Our trees have been home to several baby birds in the past few years. Throughout the year, our trees offer so much. In the fall, they, of course, offer us leaves to rake!
She had been sick for over a decade. The scriptures tell us that she had seen many doctors, but her condition only got worse. She had done all she could to be made well, but she was sick and desperate. She heard that there was a man named Jesus who was healing people as he went from village to village. She allowed herself to hope and she went to seek Jesus.
I am not the world’s best guitarist, and I’m not the best guitarist at our church either. Even so, I have the opportunity to work with the youth at St. Luke’s Edmond who are starting up a praise band. Playing along with their Wednesday night worship this semester is so much fun! After seeing how much fun it is, we have students stepping forward to help lead their own worship nights. They are inexperienced, and so we (Savannah White and I) get to help guide them on difficult chord voicings, and how to shape a song to create an engaging worship experience. They are taking ownership, and it is amazing to watch them grow and enjoy the music worship they are creating for their community!
I remember the first time I was asked to write a devotional for St. Luke’s. I was in a panic. I did not think I had the words to express my thoughts so that others could understand. I did not think I was good enough to do this. I did not think I was good enough to share my experiences or to inspire someone else with my words.
I have had the privilege of participating with several mission teams in different parts of the world. Most of the mission projects I have participated in involve construction or disaster response. I have also had the privilege of participating in a few medical mission trips. I have found the medical mission trips to be far more challenging for me than the construction trips.
Bible Point: We become wise by following God’s Word Key Verse: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10 We learned this week that Solomon’s wisdom was so great that people came from all nations to hear what he had to say. And […]
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.” – Galatians 5: 22-26
We were on our way to Branson, MO for a family vacation. I took the wrong exit and, the next thing you know, we are almost to Arkansas. We had no intention of visiting the Natural State before we arrived in Missouri, but a wrong turn, great family conversation and a little bit of inattentiveness led us off our pre-determined path.
I am on my way to Africa! Currently, I’m in NYC waiting for my first international flight. Our group will fly to Amsterdam and then on to Nairobi, Kenya. I have been up since 2:40 am and I’ll be honest, it is starting to catch up with me. It will 30 hours of travel time to get there. Typing that makes me even more tired (especially since the bulk of the trip is before us!) Yet, the fact that I can leave my house in Oklahoma City and be in Nairobi in a little more than a day – is an amazing testimony to the development of transportation.