It's Not You - It's Me

Dear Friends, This morning got off to a rough start. Pretty much everything I tried to do ended up going wrong - and almost every person who came in the church had needs I couldn’t help fix. To top it all off, I spilled the cup of coffee that I so desperately needed to drink. The result was that by mid-morning, I was ready to be done for the day, and my desire to persevere in what God has for me today disappeared. That's not a good place to be, so when I had a break from all the activity, I decided to spend some time praying about it. But this time I decided to take a different approach than I have in the past. Over the past few weeks, we have been facing some big challenges with the mi

It's For Your Own Good

Dear Friends, In high school I was given a birthday card that had Jeremiah 29:11 written in it. For those of you who don’t know the verse, it says: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” I really liked what the verse said, and decided it was going to be my “life verse”. In the many years that have passed since I received that birthday card, I have found myself going back to Jeremiah 29:11 over and over. Usually, it’s when life is difficult, and I need the reassuranc

Practice Makes Perfect

Dear Friends, Earlier this week I wrote to you about the subject of “surrender”. It was an issue that I was wrestling with, and after sending out the Plan B, I found out I’m not alone in that battle! Several folks wrote back and commented on how the topic was one that really spoke to them in their own struggles - and that it was also an encouragement to them to take that step of surrender to God, and His plans. It was nice to get the positive feedback, but as I read through the comments, there was one question that came up multiple times: “How?” How do we make sure we’re fully surrendering to God? It’s a good question, and one that I’ve wrestled with myself - and the answer I’ve come to

Give It Up

Dear Friends, One of the realities of life is that we all surrender to something, or someone. It’s a truth I’ve been reminded of recently, as there are several big obstacles we’re facing in life right now, and God is calling me to trust Him for those things. As I’ve struggled to do that, God keeps reminding me that I need to give up my desire to control and plan and “make happen” - and instead, submit to His plans, and His timing, and His provision. As I’ve wrestled with that, I’ve been reminded that we all end up surrendering to someone or something - so it might as well be Him. Here’s what I mean - as we go through life, we regularly submit to things that come our way. It can be popula

Stepping Out and Up

Dear Friends, Last night my wife and I spent the evening visiting with a couple that has recently gone through a very difficult and traumatic experience. One of the most challenging parts of their story is that it all happened after they made decisions based on what they felt God was calling them to do. For several months they sensed God leading them in a particular way, and they knew that if they followed Him in obedience, it would cost them financially, emotionally, and in great quantities of time. They also knew that taking this step would open up their family to potential challenges and problems. But after praying for several months - and having others pray with them - they were conv

Talk Radio

Dear Friends, Earlier this week I had to drive to Austin, Texas. From where we live, it’s about a 7 hour drive - so in two days, I drove 14 hours. To keep myself entertained, I listened to talk radio. I haven’t listened to talk radio in a long time, so I was curious to see what the hot topic of the day was going to be. I’m not sure why I wondered that, because as soon as I turned the radio on, I was blasted with non-stop talk about the presidential election. And after just a few minutes of listening, I was reminded again how seriously people take politics. That in and of itself is not a bad thing - the bad part comes with how most people tend to treat folks who don’t agree with them. A

The Past Is Not The Future

Dear Friends, Recently I was asked to share my testimony, and I have to admit that I was little reluctant to do so. Not because I don’t like public speaking - but because I wish my testimony was one of unwavering faith and obedience. I wish that you could go and talk to anyone I went to high school with, and they would tell you about my commitment to the gospel and my obvious love for Jesus. But they wouldn’t - because I wasn’t walking with the Lord in high school. And so my testimony is not one of unwavering faith, or obedience. However, as I’ve thought about that over the years, God has reminded me of Philippians 1:6, which says, “And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in

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Random thoughts and ponderings on life and faith from a recovering sinner.

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Daniel May - husband, father, pastor, grocer, Packers fan, and above-mentioned recovering sinner.

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