Shields Up!

Dear Friends, The past few days I've been thinking a lot about the “Armor of God”. If you're unfamiliar with this term, it refers to an illustration the Apostle Paul uses in chapter 6 of his letter to the Ephesians. Here he describes the resources we have as believers in our spiritual battle. I've been thinking specifically of verse 16, where Paul writes, “Hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.” This particular passage has been on my mind a lot this week because there are some situations we're facing that have required us to really step out and trust God - and to be honest, that’s been a challenge for me - so I've needed to ponder this verse as a way to keep e

Eat Up!

Dear Friends, I recently made a trip to Philadelphia for a family reunion. On the flight out, I sat next to a lady who told me she was a nutritionist for a large hospital in Atlanta. I don’t usually talk to the folks I sit next to on flights, and that’s mostly because I really covet the uninterrupted time to read. But I always try to be polite, so in response to her comment about work, I made a joke about not eating like I should, then picked up my book in expectation of the conversation being over. However, my seat mate wasn’t quite done - and she responded to my offhanded comment by saying that it's not only what I eat, but how I eat it. And for the remainder of the flight, I listened to

All We Need

Dear Friends, This morning my Bible reading took me to Luke chapter 15 which tells the story of the Prodigal Son. For those of you who aren't familiar with this story, it's a parable Jesus tells about a young man who takes his inheritance and heads off to experience some of what he thinks are the finer things of life. From his actions we can see that he believed nice clothes, fine food, and big parties would bring him happiness. But when he runs out of money, he quickly finds himself living in the gutter without friends or the happiness he had been seeking. It's at this point he decides to return home to be reconciled with his father. It's a wonderful story with many different applicatio

Good Stuff

Dear Friends, This morning my daily Bible reading took me to Psalm 34:8, which says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who trust in Him!" It's a very familiar verse for most of us who were raised in the church. Today when I read it I was reminded of the fact that God's will for us is good. It may not seem like it at times, but that's usually because He doesn't give us a detailed road map of where we're heading. Instead, God reveals His plans for us in bits and pieces. So while He sees the big picture, we just see little sections at a time - and that can make it challenging to always believe that His will for us is good. But we're not alone in our struggle to tr

Be A Mary

Dear Friends, This past week our family had the opportunity to enjoy a few days of vacation. As part of our relaxed schedule, I was able to spend more time in prayer and reading my Bible. The result was a much more content and peaceful me. About halfway through the vacation, I thought, “I wish I had this extra time at home to read and pray.” And that’s when I was reminded of something my dad told me when I was teenager: “One of the greatest dangers in life is to let the urgent things crowd out the important things.” In other words, we can’t let the busyness of life keep us from taking time for what is most important - and for Christians, that's God. Jesus regularly reminds us of this t

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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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