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.
My father and I had a rather distant connection for the past 30 or so years. In many ways we were estranged, though it seems strange to call it that. Mostly, we just didn’t talk or connect. I last saw him in September of 2010 when my oldest daughter was looking at colleges, and we were in the area he lived. We met at a restaurant with my older brother and his family, along with dad and his wife. A fairly large group, so not much was discussed other than the events of the day. Why didn’t we talk? Well, I’m not really certain the real reason. He left my…Continue Reading
There is some truth to the saying, “use it or lose it.” Mostly, I’ve thought of this in terms of skills and muscles, but it also applies to our brains. The brain is much like our muscles, the more we use it, the stronger and more capable it becomes. I was recently asked by someone that hasn’t lived without the internet, if I thought it was overall good or a detriment to our lives. In the moment, I provided some observations of things that I feel the internet has provided and things that we are missing because of the prevalence of technology in our lives. With additional time to process…Continue Reading
We all have opinions on things. I have lots of opinions. Some of them are probably worth something and others are mere thoughts without much merit. Yet, we live the majority of our life based on our opinions of how things should or should not be done. What is right and wrong. How we think things should be. When we were in the process of starting the ministry back in 2015, I had things mapped out and lots of ideas of how it was going to work. I also had a few strong opinions. We would have an RV that allowed us to travel to the clients. The building at…Continue Reading
Over the past few weeks, Mark and I have been working diligently to write the Rest and Leave policy for Blue Fire Legacy. Several places in this document reference the need to rest in the way God prescribed. As we consider the necessity to rest, there are additional facets that come to mind as rest is not an independent concept. Interestingly, while physical rest can be achieved by slowing our pace and observing healthy boundaries in regards to activities and commitments, true inner rest cannot be achieved in the absence of faith and trust. Peace is also a necessary component of inner rest, and without faith and trust, peace is…Continue Reading
When we purchased our house back in 2017, we remodeled every square inch of the inside. The outside, however, has been a more drawn out process. Within the first year, I stepped down off the front deck and went all the way to the ground, through the top step. It had rotted underneath, and that day, it gave out. I replaced all of the steps but left the decks in place as they were. Recently, I had the privilege of being able to replace the front deck boards and framing. A couple weeks before starting the project, Dallas put a heel through a deck board as we were heading out…Continue Reading
During a recent time away from the ministry, we were able to enjoy time on the beach. The water was a little too cold to enjoy. So, many families opted to play in the sand rather than the water. We saw one or two elaborate, and some not so elaborate, sandcastles. I usually read Christian fiction when we are on vacation. This excursion was no different. The book’s author used pastoral family dynamics as a portion of the storyline. Together, the visual sand edifices and the book made me think about all the work to erect something so temporary. Then, I started thinking about how that applies to what we…Continue Reading
I sat on the beach feeling the breeze blow. The sea was rough with waves caused by the wind. A tourist was trying their hand at sailing in a Hobie Cat, being pushed along as the wind and waves directed. Not too far offshore was a sail boat going in the opposite direction of the wind. How could this be? The boat should be pushed by the wind, and yet, it was being steered in the direction that the pilot wanted. The experienced sailor was using the power of the wind to go where they wanted to go, not where the wind dictated. The winds of life As we walk…Continue Reading
Over the holidays, a family member was telling me a story of when he was a child. His uncle took him out into the Gulf of Mexico to go fishing. The sea wasn’t as calm as some would like it to be that day. As the rolling of the sea was having the effect of turning the boy green, the uncle asked if he would like to put his feet on some solid ground. They were many miles from the coast so the boy replied, “I would really like that, but there is no land in sight.” The uncle knew these waters and steered the boat to a sandbar that…Continue Reading
When I was a little girl, my mom asked me to look out the front window and see if the flag was still up on the mailbox, so she’d know whether or not to make the trek down our long gravel driveway to get the mail. The fact that I couldn’t answer her question alerted her to the fact that we needed to get my eyes checked so I could see better. Both my parents wore corrective lenses so it wasn’t out of the ordinary to consider glasses for me. I will say, I was not excited at the prospect. When the doctor confirmed that I, in fact, needed glasses,…Continue Reading
All of us may deal with feelings of anxiety occasionally, or maybe even on a regular basis. This past week, there have been a significant number of people who have expressed increased anxiety. The USA had an election with high passions on both sides. The final results of the election may not be truly known at this point. Even what is known may change, as it sounds like the courts will be involved as well as recounts in some areas. In addition to the election, the world is continuing to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. It doesn’t seem to matter what people and the governments do or don’t do, it…Continue Reading