Monday, July 28, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy!” ―Philippians 4:11–12, MSG
Really, Paul?  Do tell! What is the secret behind your “don’t worry, be happy” attitude? Our world is hungering to know.

Please join me this week for my Don't Worry, Be Happy series on the ZooKeepers Ministries website. Take good notes as Paul shares his age-old formula for true happiness. This is one recipe you’ll want to stash away for future generations!

Day 1: The Winter of Our Discontent

Day 2: Can't Get No Satisfaction

Day 3:  Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Day 4:  Apples to Oranges


Day 5:  Am I Satisfied? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


" 'Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place 
and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves 
in a boat to a solitary place." 
―Mark 6:30–32, NIV

My husband's old wooden boat began to take on water―again. The puddle of water encircling his new Sperry Top-Siders was a telltale sign that he had patched it far too many times. As he paddled his way to shore, he knew it was time to invest in a new boat. After all, what good is a boat that won’t float?

We all want to be vessels God can use. Is your boat seaworthy? Or are you simply struggling to stay afloat?

Jesus knew the wearying effects of service and the importance of taking a break from its ceaseless demands. He invited the disciples to come away with him to a quiet place. They welcomed his invitation to rest. We should welcome it too.  

Scripture invites us to cast our cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). Is there some baggage you need to cast aside before you step into the boat? 

Let’s stabilize our boats this week. We can assure our boat stays afloat by laying our baggage at the feet of Jesus and prayerfully considering each piece. He will show us the pieces we need for our journey and those we need to leave behind.

Now it's your turn. Make a list of the things you believe are adding to your boat’s instability. Then ask, “Is this a piece I need to throw overboard, something only God can eliminate, or something I need to hold on to?” 

God is looking for a steady boat. Toss the extra baggage and make room for his presence.

I welcome your comments.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014


"When I consider your heavens,
      the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
      which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
      human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
      and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
      you put everything under their feet."

―Psalm 8:3-7, NIV

As an artist, I can't even begin to imagine placing my finished work, my masterpiece, into the hands of a small child. One who can't even begin to fathom or appreciate the time, the heart, and the emotion invested into its creation process. Yet, God has done just that.

God, the Master Artist, crowned us with glory and entrusted the work of his fingers into our hands―the hands of his children.

He is faithful, even when we are faithless. Oh, that I would trust him as much as he trusts me. However, I can't wrap my mind around that either.

Now it's your turn. What is one thing about our Creator or his creation that leaves you wonderstruck?

Please leave a comment.