Give them direction. If I am supposed to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” as Jesus tells me in Matthew 6:33, how do I do that? Carey and I spend almost every morning talking with God. We read Bible verses, watch or listen to podcasts, read devotionals, and/or talk about the dreams … Continue reading Where to Go
Make a covenant. When Carey and I moved three and a half weeks ago, we had a brand-new, still-in-the-box, end table. Friends gave me money to buy a new living room suite over seven years ago. But after the other furniture was all in place, before I unpacked or assembled the end table, I realized … Continue reading End Table
Give them a sense of home. Well, we did it. Carey and I moved from our house in Fieldstone Farms. I lived fourteen and a half years – the longest I’ve lived anywhere - in that house. I loved that house. Two of my kids were raised there. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Upsizing
Let them know. I worked in a pie factory from 1972 to 1986. I started washing pots and pans in the afternoon after high school and worked my way up to Vice President of Marketing, learning lots of things about business. I worked all areas of production: purchasing, receiving, pre-mix, mixing, baking, line operations, packaging, … Continue reading Pie Factory
Give Him your plan. I wanted to do something special for Carey’s birthday (January 29.) It comes right on the heels of Christmas so it’s kind of difficult to top all that excitement. But I try to see the silver lining of every cloud. I remembered the Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and … Continue reading His Plan
Give them your dream. I guess it started May 23 this year when Carey and I had lunch with our eighteen-year-old daughter Darcy and her boyfriend Nick. After lunch, I casually asked Nick what he was going to do for the rest of the afternoon, he said he was going to find a house. I … Continue reading Lookout Mountain
Give them a song. Carey plays piano, I sort of/kind of play guitar. But because I don’t sing well (see my columns from 12/9/2005 and 7/26/2003 at http://www.everydayisprecious.com,) I don’t sing often. Our grandson Japeth has taken an interest in the piano and Carey taught him to play “Amazing Grace” amazingly well for a five-year-old. … Continue reading When a Duet Doesn’t Do It
Give them a picnic. I have always had trouble with judgment - I tend to judge others - I tend to compare everyone to myself. Doesn’t everyone? (Oops, I’m doing it again.) I have even used discernment as a cloak for judgment. I will thank God for a spirit of discernment, then judge somebody for … Continue reading Ants in Your Pants?
Give them change. Though we technically have a couple of more weeks of Spring, Monday marked the “real” beginning of Summer. I love Spring – especially the Spring that is now ending. We have had more life, more growth at our house this Spring. The grass is greener and we transplanted perennials from Carey’s old … Continue reading Time for a Change?
Give them the chair. At a wedding shower a couple of Saturdays ago, Carey told a couple of friends that when something doesn’t feel right between us, we go to a chair in our house to sit and talk about things. We talk about how we feel about what is going on, what doesn’t feel … Continue reading The Chair