Category Archives: Messages from the Heart

Letter from God

Years ago I began meeting with a pastor in town who encouraged me to begin a spiritual journal.  Through twenty years of journaling, I found a safe place where I can write  my thoughts, feelings,  struggles, and Scripture.  Everything I have built or envisioned first showed up in one of my journals.  I also began writing out my prayers and letters to God.  About a month ago a group of local pastors prayed over me asking God to inspire me as I was preparing to write this article for the Ashland  T-G newspaper.  I wrote these words in my journal, and I want to encourage you to read this letter as if it came from God’s heart to yours. Continue reading Letter from God

Spirit-Driven Living

I’m amazed how God’s Spirit moves people to action. One of my Spirit-Driven friends, Ralph, recently described to me the amazing move of God’s Spirit in the Ashland County jail. There have been six dynamic Bible studies going on in the jail, and lives are being changed for Christ in maximum security lock-up.

One of my Spirit-Driven friends, Steve, recently shared about how one of his former St. Edward’s students had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ, and she shared her story during a Young Life annual fundraising event. Continue reading Spirit-Driven Living

Life is short

I recent had two dear friends who lost their loved ones around the Christmas season.  Journeying with friends through seasons that have become grief stricken has reminded me of how short life is.  Life is but a vapor; we’re here today and gone tomorrow.  Dealing with death helps us to put and keep life in perspective.  We are given a season to live and to make a difference in our world.  Jesus called us to make disciples of our people groups.   To keep it simple, we are to share the life of Christ that has been formed in us with those around us.

Once Christmas is over and everyone goes back home to start a new year, we frequently get absorbed in work, in sports and all the responsibilities filling up our lives.  Let me encourage you to set aside some time to prayerfully consider what is truly most important in life.  I wonder how much different this next year will be if we take time to listen to God, study the words of the Bible, listen more to each other, speak truthfully in love to one another and give in ways that make a difference in someone’s life.  It doesn’t take much to make a difference in someone’s life.  Giving someone time is the best way to show love.