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.
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
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
We recently had the privilege of visiting our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. On September 26, 2020, there were two events where Christians gathered in prayer for our nation. It was a great time of gathering with other believers as well as personal reflection. We spent the day in the middle of the Mall at The Return. The Return was a national and global call to prayer and repentance based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. The second event was a Prayer March organized by Franklin Graham. The participants assembled, then prayer walked from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building. Power of Gathering There is great power in the unity of…Continue Reading
I attended a shower for a couple soon-to-be-married. Guests enjoyed the beauty of the wrapped gifts coming in. We talked about current day events and reminisced about that time in our lives around the various tables. Then, it was time to watch the couple open gifts. Lovely, practical items for setting up a new home were opened one after another. All of a sudden, the bride-to-be had a noticeable problem. The beautiful, perhaps even the most beautiful of all, sparkly iridescent wide white ribbon used for the bow, was sticking to her layered tulle skirt. The more she tried to unattach it, the more places it reattached. While I couldn’t…Continue Reading
Have you ever had a time when you were hearing every word that someone said but didn’t have a clue what they had said when they were finished? You were hearing but not listening. Sometimes, it is because we are thinking about a response to the first words they said. We may be thinking about this, that, or the other thing and not engaged with the person that is right there in front of us. Often, we do this when God is speaking. We have a tendency to talk to the Lord, a lot. Telling Him about our thoughts and what we would like Him to do in our life. …Continue Reading
We are all on a journey through life. Some of us like to stick to the open paths with wide spaces and clear views. I tend to enjoy wandering the narrow, twisty mountain trails that lead to high places. Most of the time when I go hiking, my dog, Ginger, is my companion. In our adventures, she has taught me a lot about journeying with God. Some of those lessons have been about learning how to “hear” God. Rarely in life have I had the privilege of verbally hearing God speak instructions with clear sequencing of what to do and how to do it. Most of the time I get…Continue Reading
I’m a planner. I like to know what the plan is, and if there isn’t one, then I can come up with a plan. For as long as I can remember, I always had a plan. Some of those plans were short-term, like what I was going to do that day. I also had long-term plans. What I was going to study in college (engineering), what my career would look like (designing cars), how many kids I would have (four – two boys and two girls). While I started as an engineering major in college, I ended up with a BS in Accounting and an MS in Entrepreneurial Accounting. I…Continue Reading
11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. John 6:11-13 NIV Part of our ministry at Blue Fire Legacy is providing care for those who pour into others’ lives frequently. Most often, this occurs in the spiritual and emotional realms, but it…Continue Reading