The Journey toward knowing your calling. Are you called?
- Do you have a feeling of helplessness?
- Do you have a sense of willingness?
- Do you have a sense of significant-ness?
Jim Burns started writing phrases that he wrote when he realized that he wasn’t going to be around forever.
Life has pain – You choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. 1 Tim. 4:7
Find life-giving replenishing relationships
- Do you have a mentor?
- Peer Relationships?
- Are you mentoring someone?
Find margin – You have to leave room for God moments.
You need to take time to refresh, recreate, play and have a great attitude as a family.
For families and marriages you have to play together.
Invest in your staff.
Untended fires become a pile of ashes. – Self leadership is massively important.
A couple of weeks ago I was at the Gospel Coalition Conference. There were many sessions and breakouts that ministered to me personally. One of my favorite sessions was a panel discussion on justice. Panel discussions are temperamental they are fragile they can go bad quick. Much of that depends on the moderator far more than the panelists or the subject matter. DA Carson did a brilliant job moderating. The interruption with the various guys on the panel was lively and respectful. I left the session encouraged, challenged and hopeful. In light of the recent events in Baltimore which are just a string of many other events where justice is being sought, not in the way it should by any means. In light of these events I thought I would share the video of that panel discussion with you. I hope you find it as helpful as I did.
Daylight savings is a mixed bag. I really don’t know why we still do it. For church folk we love falling back because everyone gets to church when it actually starts, but hate springing forward because people miss church all together. I jest, when people arrive at church. (I do notice how many church remind people about springing forward on social media but no one reminds people when we fall back) I don’t joke however when it comes to my dislike for daylight savings time. If I had a vote I would vote not just for the ending of daylight savings time but I would go a step further and get rid of a few time zones while we are at it. I got the idea from this very intriguing article
Daylight saving time in the US ends Nov. 3, part of the an annual ritual where Americans (who don’t live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their clocks back one hour. It’s a controversial practice that became the official standard in America in 1966 and adjusted throughout the 1970s with the intent of conserving energy.. The fall time change feels particularly hard because we lose another hour of evening daylight, just as the days grow shorter. It also creates confusion because countries that observe daylight saving change their clocks on different days.
It would seem to be more efficient to do away with the practice altogether. The actual energy savings are minimal, if they exist at all. Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency. There’s evidence that regularly changing sleep cycles, associated with daylight saving, lowers productivity and increases heart attacks. Being out of sync with European time changes was projected to cost the airline industry $147 million a year in travel disruptions. But I propose we not only end Daylight Saving, but also take it one step further.
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When I first got my iPhone and iPad one of the more frustrating things for me was the fact my kids would roam all over it changing stuff. Well that and the fact they would use it while eating Cheetos. I have yet to solve the Cheetos issue. I did however, discover that apple come out with a very easy very brilliant way to keep kids at home or at school locked into only the app you want them in.
How to kid proof you iPad in a few basic steps
1. Go to your settings icon > press the general tab >then press the accessibility tab
2. Once in the accessibility tab select > select guided access
Eight years ago today one the kids in our kids church suddenly went home to be with the Lord. This lead to me to try and reconcile how a loving God could do such a thing. Through that process inside my heart of hearts I let go of God, only to find out He never let go of me. One of the means of grace that God used to help me understand the gospel was Sally Lloyd-Jones for that I owe her and Tim Keller a debt I will never be able to repay.
Every year on this day I am filled with sadness and joy because one day, one day. I will see Robert and his family reunited. That is my prayer that is my prayer every day but especially on this day.
BY THE HAND!
When you’re in the dark or on a narrow path, you need someone to lead you by the hand, to hold your hand tight. You need someone to rely on.
God says you can rely on him:
I’ve got you by the hand
And I’ll never let you go!
No matter where you go,
No matter what you do,
You always have
A hand to hold you.
I will lead you,
Even through death
I won’t ever let you go!
(Taken from: Thoughts that Make your Heart Sing, Sally Lloyd-Jones)