Blogs for Christian Living
Read some devotional thoughts from prior church planters & lifelong pastors. Mark & Dallas share what they learn daily in their journey walking with God.
Be inspired to live in the fullness of purity that God has set as the standard for His children. Be encouraged to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and the implications of living in relationship with God.
I went on a walk today. We are in the midst of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many regions are under stay-at-home orders, such as where I live, but that won’t stop me from going outside for some light exercise while I’m working from home. Truth be told, I’ve gotten out more this week than before the coronavirus crossed the shores! It’s struck me everyday this week how congenial we are to each other now that we all have an underlying bond of unspoken understanding; something along the lines of, ‘Hi there, glad you’re enjoying this weather too during this strange time’ or ‘Ah, you’re taking advantage of this…Continue Reading
I’ll be content when _____________ . All of us can probably relate to a time when we’ve said words like that. I’ll be content when my income reaches a certain level, or my bank accounts are a predetermined amount, or when I have that house or car or relationship . . . The list goes on and on. In my years working in public accounting, I had quite a few clients that were multi-millionaires. They had interest and dividend income in excess of what most people in America live on each year. However, in the midst of all of their wealth, I don’t recall them being truly content with what…Continue Reading
When I was a teenager, I procrastinated doing the loads of laundry that my mom asked me to wash and dry. We were preparing to leave for a youth trip, and it never occurred to me that if I didn’t do the laundry before leaving, she’d stay home to do it. I just figured it could wait until we got back. Evidently, my mom felt otherwise. She let me go on the choir trip, but she stayed behind. I have this nagging nemesis. Maybe you don’t struggle with it, but I do…procrastination. It’s even easier to fall into the trap of procrastination when the task is something that I dread. …Continue Reading
While watching a fire burn in our fireplace, I noticed a chunk of wood that fell to the side. It was burning bright and hot when it was in the midst of the fire, but once it fell to the side, it was not long before the flames subsided. In a relatively short time, the once hot burning piece of wood was smoldering with no flames and little heat being generated from it. I’m like that piece of wood. When I’m in the midst of other believers who are on fire for the things of God, I tend to be fired up, so to speak. When I fall to the…Continue Reading
When Mark and I were stepping out in faith to establish Blue Fire Legacy, the Lord gave us several heads-up impressions so we could prepare and be ready. However, in my naivety, I would rush ahead and He would have to tell me, “Not yet.” I often tell people about my two-year warning about packing the house to move in the context of having to learn to listen more closely to timing prompts. It was a season of multiple ongoing changes. One of which, we thought, was that God was asking us to downsize from a 5 bedroom/3 ½ bathroom home to live in a Class A Diesel Pusher full-time. …Continue Reading
One of the costs of love is loss. With loss comes grief. Grief is a strange process. There are moments of joy in the remembrance, lack of hope in not having control, despair in the loss, alternating acceptance and denial of the reality of the situation, anger in the outcome or even the process. We can have moments of rational thoughts that quickly morph into the irrational. Today (January 17, 2020) we are saying goodbye to Duchess, our precious Shih Tzu. Duchess was born October 31, 2004 and came into our life on March 16, 2005. Over the past 15 years she has been a faithful snuggler, energetic encourager, and…Continue Reading
It has been a day! It started at about 2:00 a.m. with our aging dog requiring extra assistance for the remainder of the wee hours. Of course, it was also our oldest daughter’s birthday, and I needed to be up hanging birthday decorations to “surprise” her when she woke. This has become a family tradition, and therefore, has transitioned from surprise to the norm, but it is even more important because her birthday is so close to Christmas. It didn’t happen this particular morning. I comforted myself in the fact that this year I was going to actually have the time to make and decorate her cake, even if the…Continue Reading
We have resumes and CVs, degrees and certifications – things that we promote to others that tell them we are qualified to do the work that they need done. Even if you are applying for a job that says “no experience required”, they want to know what skills or abilities you have to see if you are qualified to be hired. But in God’s Kingdom, things that qualify us are different than what we would put on a resume. The Lord regularly asks me to do things that I’m not qualified, in the earthly sense, to do. I do numbers Dallas and I used to say that I do numbers…Continue Reading
Don’t Do It My brother had come to visit my parents a little before Thanksgiving, so that he could spend time with both sides of the family during the holiday. His wife had to stay home to work, and as expected, shipping schedules sometimes accelerate. The Christmas gift he ordered for her was going to arrive prior to his return home. Dutifully, he warned her not to get the packages on the stoop, so as to not ruin the surprise. Then, just to be a little contrary (you’d have to meet him to fully understand), he watched on their security camera from his cell phone just in case she tried…Continue Reading
Back on July 1st, my dog, Ginger, and I were continuing our quest to get to a high mountain lake. We had made several attempts in June, but the snow levels prevented us from making it all the way. Today was going to be the day. After all, it was now July so surely the snow would be melted enough. We set out across Rainbow Trail and then up Goodwin Lake Trail. Aside from the many trees that had fallen across the trail, we were making good time. Then, less than a mile from the lakes, the snow became deeper and completely covered the trail. But I was determined and…Continue Reading