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Gratefulness or Greed

Whew, how times flies! Another minute, another hour, another day, another week, another month, another year. Time passes us by so quickly.   And many of us often move right along with it. There’s so much to see and so much to do. We sometimes move so fast to get to the next thing that we fail to see every precious moment in site. Moving and shaking is a great thing, but we must move cautiously. When we move too fast, there’s a possibility that we will blur the lines. Did you know that there’s a thin line between gratefulness and greed? The definition of grateful is “ warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received.” I am grateful for food, shelter, and clothing. I am grateful for physical health and peace of mind. I am grateful for family and friends. I am grateful for employment. I am grateful for all these and many other things. Yet, I still move with the speed of light. I can’t seem to sit still or in silence. I still seek more. I still desire

Forgiveness is a Gift!

Imagine the feelings of anger rising up just because you scrolled through Facebook. Consider how quickly your smile left your face as you quickly ran through Instagram. Think about the discomfort you experienced when you caught a glimpse of that familiar face or heard the familiar voice. We may not be comfortable admitting it, but many of us have a trigger. Everyone’s trigger is different. There’s a trigger that reminds of us a hurtful past. A reminder of the brokenness in our lives. A broken relationship. A failed dream. A lost job. An overlooked promotion. A bad decision. A bout of unfaithfulness. An avoidable accident. A backstabbing. An inappropriate touch. A series of negative words.      What’s your trigger? What has happened to you that evokes negative feelings within you? Who has harmed you or hurt you? Have you made a personal decision that you regret? Do you carry shame and guilt? Whatever those things are, it’s time to let go! Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us, “ There


It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! More holiday songs are filling the radio station airways. Malls and shopping stores have increased their hours. The number of hours sleeping per night has decreased. Recipes are floating around. Parties and gathering are being planned. Gift exchanges are underway. As you make your final gift giving preparations, I challenge you to give DEEP : Desired . I remember being a child and looking through the Toys R Us advertisement so that I could make my wish list. I would grin and smile the entire time. All the while, circling everything I wanted Santa to bring me. I guarantee you there were at least two things circled on every page. I desired A LOT. But out of everything I circled, there was always one thing that I wanted more than anything. There is always a bottom line. Find out what that thing is. Once you find out that one thing that your loved one desires, find a way to fulfil that desire. Do NOT break the bank! If you have the res

It’s the beginning of

….   That’s right! Today represents the beginning of the end. The beginning is the start of something fresh and new. The end is the conclusion of something that has already started. We find ourselves in this place over and over at various points in life. We experience the beginning of the end in jobs. When I made the decision to leave my employment position two years ago and embark on a new journey where I could re-focus on my family, it was the beginning of the end. The beginning was when I took an affirmative step to seek alternative employment opportunities. The end came on December 1, 2014 when I packed up my last few items and took my name plate off my office door. We experience the beginning of the end in relationships. When he realized that his wife was serious about getting a divorce, it was beginning of the end. The beginning came after the wife learned of yet another bout of her husband’s infidelity. When his wife asked him to leave the marital home, he knew it w