Daily Encouragement (Page 2)

White Noise

Have you ever felt like you crave quiet?  I find myself having the TV on or the radio on or a CD playing at any given time.  When I’m at work there is background music, and when in the car there is music.  I do love music, but there are times when I’m trying to…

It’s Ready Time!

I listened to a program on the radio today by Ron Hutchcraft (from “A Word with You”), and he talked about something interesting.  He said when he would ask a farmer what came to mind when he’d say the word, “harvest,” they inevitably answered, “Ready.”   So harvest time is really ready time.  It means…

Fall Harvest Friendships

I love this time of year!  I love pumpkins, and apples, and all the wonderful baked goods that come from these delightful foods.  After a cold September, I enjoy Indian summer in October when the afternoons are in the 60’s, the air looks soft from just the right amount of humidity, the trees are at their…

Standing In the Inner Court

Esther 4:13-14 “Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, ‘Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall…

A Marvel Moment

Typical morning experience: eating a bagel while walking to the school. Not so typical morning experience: coming face to face with a hawk. Don’t panic—he wasn’t on the swooping attack mode; he was just chilling on the fence by the dumpster, watching me, well, like a hawk. I probably wouldn’t have noticed him if the…

The Many Hats of a Pastor

Living in a house with four other teachers has its perks. First of all, you have other people right there who go through the same crazy ups and downs that you go through. There’s this whole “I totally know what you’re talking about” thing that makes you feel better just because you know you’re not…

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Up near Bar Harbor, Maine, is a little natural wonder called Bubble Rock. Supposedly, this magnificent rock balances on a precarious ledge, baffling geologists and physicists across the nation. Bubble Rock wasn’t the sole purpose of our trip to Maine that summer—we’d just picked a state to camp in. Bubble Rock was merely the attraction…

Christian Road Rage

Road rage. I’m sure there are a whole lot of images and vivid recollections that come rushing into your brain with those two words. For those of you who are old enough to drive, road rage is something that you have seen and maybe even experienced at one point or another in your driving careers.…