Give them Love.. My wife Carey is much smarter than I am, but sings the wrong words with almost every secular song she sings. I don’t know if she heard secular songs wrong the first time, just didn’t pay attention, or knew they had little spiritual value. I, on the other hand, have filled my … Continue reading Is Your Love Flowing?
Give Them Love. I finally finished reading the Bible all the way through for the first time. My hope now is to read the books and chapters He tells me to read, but read them in other translations. And to read as if God is trying to tell me something personal – something that applies … Continue reading Are You a Disciple of Love?
Give them conviction.For the first time in our four years of marriage, I lied to Carey. I didn’t want to discuss something with her when she asked me about it, so I simply told her something I knew to be untrue – just to keep from talking about it right then. I knew it was … Continue reading Commandment 9
Give them light. I was in our hot tub one of those beautiful Spring nights last week. One of the things I love about College Grove is that it is far away from city lights, so you can see more stars than you can see in the city. This particular night, though, I noticed that … Continue reading Lightening
Give them an opening. Our house has a gated fence that separates the front yard from the backyard. We have left the gate standing open ever since we moved in - about this time last year. We don't have any horses, goats, or anything else that would escape. Occasionally we have some deer, but fences … Continue reading Gates Open
Give them weed killer. I love the lushness of Spring and how the rain “greens up” everything. Last week I was looking at the yard and didn’t have to look very far to see there are weeds going to seed. I can’t make our entire yard look like a golf course, can I? Can I … Continue reading Weed
Give them a sense of belonging. All my life I have done better with people one on one, rather than in a group. In a group I don’t fight to say anything. People often want to talk more than they want to listen. So I let them. Since we moved to this house this time … Continue reading Community
Give it to them straight. Wednesday morning I found a rusty old plumb bob on the edge of our garden. I have used a plumb bob in my carpentry projects, to measure a line straight down to the ground. But I had never seen this plumb bob. It appears to be older than I am … Continue reading Plumb Right
Give them Spiritual eyes. I used to have a submersible pump. A submersible pump lets you attach a garden hose to one end, drop it down in water, plug it in, and pump water up and through the hose. Years ago I had a couple of plastic barrels in the back yard that caught rainwater … Continue reading Water Pump
Give them a song. Carey and I planned to be in Atlanta to see my family on Thursday. We have stayed in a hotel close to my parents, the hotel has a free breakfast that we like, so we left Wednesday afternoon to stay there again and be fresher Thursday. But as we stood in … Continue reading Juking