Psalm 119:105


Sunday, July 29, 2012


Although recent rain has greened the grass, the effects of this summer's drought remain. You may know that I notice trees. I took a picture of a sad tree in the park--a tree that may not survive the drought. How has your summer been spiritually? Are you well-watered or in a drought. Jesus says in John 4 that he gives abundant, living water. Do not look to the world to satisfy your thirst for security and significance, for love and meaning. Look to Jesus. "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." Matthew 6:33

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sitting By A Pond

Weeping Willows and Linden trees,
Sitting here makes me feel at ease,
Wild flowers and meadows green,
Create a setting so serene,
The pond, the fountain, even the geese,
My heart is glad, my soul's at peace,
The rich, blue sky and the clouds pure white,
Top off this scene with endless delight.
My God, you're an artist beyond compare,
And now please hear my simple prayer,
Make me a picture, a sculpture, a song,
That lets the world know to you I belong.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Caring for People

During the youth serve trip to New Orleans, I got to know Christina (her picture was in last week's post). She works on homes full-time and gets paid hardly anything. Her car has near 300,000 miles on it. But her smile is big and her heart is huge. She is committed to helping people who are still suffering from the after affects of Hurricane Katrina. Christina's life is totally focused on being a blessing to others. Briefly I met Robert Green, who survived the hurricane on top of his roof and the roof of a floating car, and who lost his mother and a granddaughter during the flooding. He shifted his plans for retirement because he heard God's call to help the people in his neighborhood in the lower ninth ward. POINT: to deeply care for people means to sacrifice for people. How is God calling me to serve others in Jesus' name?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

When Plans Change

This week I was with my church's youth group. For months we had planned to go to Colorado Challenge, a week filled with challenging and fun activities, like rappelling and white water rafting. Due to forest fires, our trip was cancelled. Fortunately we were able to organize a serve trip on short notice. We went to work on homes in hot and humid New Orleans. The picture is of my work group and the home owner of the house we were working on (I learned some mean drywall skills). The house was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and the family survived in a neighbor's attic. Anyway, it was a great week, but in different ways than the potential Colorado trip. POINT: when plans change, don't complain. Trust in God. Look for how he is leading you and what he is teaching you. What did I learn last week? I will share that with you next week. Proverbs 3:5-6.

Location:New Orleans, LA

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Going out on a limb

Very often in life we are confronted with taking risks, but we hesitate. We like the familiar, the comfortable. However one of the best ways to grow in faith is to...(you have heard this before), get out of your "comfort zone". A great question to ask yourself is "how is God calling me to be bold in my faith in Jesus Christ?" I would like to hear how you are answering that question: Also TCHS students please send me some tree pictures with you in the picture. Psalm 1

Location:Grand Junction, CO