Give One Thing More – A Grateful Heart

“You who have given so much to me, give one thing more — a grateful heart. Not thankful when it pleases me, as if your blessings had spare days; but such a heart, whose pulse may be your praise.” Almost four hundred years ago, the Anglican poet and preacher George Herbert captured with these prayerful … Continue reading Give One Thing More – A Grateful Heart

In the Soil of a Thankful Heart

My Grandmother Rose was known all around our community for how she responded to the simple question: "How are you doing?" Her classic response always was: “I’m thankful.” In times of sorrow and in times of joy, “I’m thankful.” In times of abundance and in times of scarcity, “I’m thankful.” My Grandmother spoke in the … Continue reading In the Soil of a Thankful Heart

All Saints Day and The Legacy of our Family Matriarch

Tomorrow in the church calendar is All Saints Day. How should we seize this opportunity to grow in our relationship with the Lord? All Saints Day is a perfect day to reflect on someone in your past who is now with the Lord who has impacted you in life-transforming ways and has served Christ's interests … Continue reading All Saints Day and The Legacy of our Family Matriarch

The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions

To be thankful only for our comforts is to make an idol of this life. “God-sent afflictions,” says Maurice Roberts, “have a health-giving effect upon the soul” because they are the medicine used to purge the soul of self-centeredness and this world’s vanities. Pain, in other words, sharpens us, matures us, and gives us clear … Continue reading The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions