Rise, Shine, and Put On Those Shoes!

Rise, Shine, and Put On Those Shoes!

by ALisa Casas

Sneakers on a Pier1I’m a word nerd. I love learning new words and their etymology, and then using them in my everyday conversations. When I was in elementary school my friends nicknamed me “Dictionary” because I always had a new and interesting word to use.

To me, there is beauty in finding exactly the right word to use in a situation. For instance, happiness and joy are words with similar meanings but are used in distinctively different ways. I think about the time I dropped my eldest daughter off for her first semester at college. That was one of the hardest days of my life because I knew it meant my little girl was on her own path to adulthood. Leaving her at the school did not make me happy, but it did fill me with great joy to see her realizing her own dreams.

Do you see the simple but profound difference between happiness and joy?

Oftentimes, God speaks to us in similar ways with (more…)

What is Going to Win This Game?

What is Going to Win This Game?

by Brenda McGraw

Col 3-14 Love in perfect unityIt’s game time. I need half of you on one side of the line and half of you on the other side. The rules are easy. I am giving you a big rope, and who ever pulls the other team over the line into the mud wins. You want to make sure your strongest players are in the back so they can pull with the strength they have been given.

Name that game!

Today we are going to play the game, and the teams are set up  based on the following scripture:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col 3:12-14

Tug of War


The whistle is raised to (more…)

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