Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn’t necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk through it. The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don’t want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don’t want to take every opportunity that comes along, assuming it is from...

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

Soda is addicting. Science has proven this. The sugar, the caffeine buzz, the carbonation – it tastes and feels so good. Who wouldn’t love it? The problem with addictions, however, is that if left unchecked, they can eventually kill you. While I’ve never been addicted to soda, I used to be addicted to control. The satisfaction of having a say over how something turned out was sweeter to me than a Coca Cola sugar buzz. Or at least, that was until God stepped in. By His grace, God showed me...

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

Prayer can be hard business. Whether it’s those mumbled words over a meal in public or the heartfelt cries from an ER waiting room, our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God. But often prayer gets lost in the jumble of life—we get busy, lazy, or distracted. So if you’re stalled out and need to jumpstart your own dialogue with Jesus, here are some tips to enliven your prayer life (even if you’re not much of a pray-er). If You’re a Reader 1. Change your perspective....

by School Of Life on 31 August 2017

Sometimes praying feels like throwing darts – with your eyes closed. You hurl some words heavenward and wonder if you’ve hit the bulls-eye of progress. You hope something sticks. What have you been praying for? Do you wonder if God hears your prayers? If they matter? Lately, I’ve been thinking, I don’t want my words to just touch heaven, but I want them to move heaven’s power on my behalf. I want to pray knowing, all I am – needs all of Him . I want –...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Have you ever been in a season of life where doubt, fear, and anxiety seem to loom over you like an ever-present dark cloud? Have you ever felt so alone, so down, so hurt that you couldn’t seem to remember life ever being good? Have you ever wrestled with the big questions of life and faith and found yourself more confused than you started? I’ve been there. We all have. Even though I’m a follower of Christ, even though I’ve given my heart to him, even though I’m at church every Sunday...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

If there is a single driving force in our society today it may well be what I call instant self-gratification. It is into this mindset in our society that the Bible speaks about fasting. Is it any wonder that few people are listening? Nothing seems as silly to the natural mind or as repulsive to the body as fasting, especially when you place our demand for instant self-gratification in a consumer-oriented world where life is all about seeking and obtaining whatever suits our fancy. Even from...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Our thoughts have the power to paralyze or motivate us, to thrust us into the depths of despair or propel us to the heights of celebration. They can center us in truth or lead us, slowly but steadily down the destructive path of deception. Scripture tells us human wisdom is faulty at best, leading mankind to call good evil and evil good.  Imagine having the power to rise above our petty, contrary, and often harmful thought patterns to view our world and circumstances as Christ does. Though we...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Many of us have been there. Middle of the night. Darkness surrounds. Stars shining brightly. All is quiet. All should be at peace.  Except for one problem.  We can’t sleep.  Thoughts are swirling, anxieties pressing hard. Peace feels far away. Fear seems to be bigger in the dark. It’s hard to see or think with clarity. Too many things can keep us awake. Wide awake. If you’ve lived long enough, you may have found yourself there. Maybe the kids woke you up, or the new pet. Maybe it’s...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

So many of us struggle with trying to find peace (and maintain it) in our lives. Some days, for me, I’m so thankful for it and other days I take it for granted. Then there are the days that I’d do just about anything to have a little sliver of it!   Some days I just need a little peaceful time, you know, like maybe some time for myself or maybe the need for peace and quiet when the walls of this tiny house close in tight and magnify every little peep. And… There have been times when I’ve...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

The first time Dean (not his real name) came to see me it was pretty obvious that he had a temper. The cast cover his right hand was part of the evidence. He had tried to break a car window and found it rather resistant. Over the course of five months, we worked through many issues and I was delighted to discover that he was learning to control his responses better. I was excited until I realized that while he wasn’t punching windows any more, he wasn’t any less of an angry person. To truly...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017