One of my favorite authors is Donald Miller. I recently re-read one of his books called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I learned while editing my life. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years is the story of when Don and 2 other guys turned Blue Like Jazz (an earlier book he wrote and a memoir of sorts) into a screenplay for a movie. What they discovered, however, is that they had to “edit” Don’s life in Blue Like Jazz because it wasn’t interesting enough for a movie as is. Ouch.
Finishing our discussion of the Beatitudes, even though there are more, here is another one that I really live by and enjoy reading. I would encourage you to open your bible and read Matthew 5: 3-12, selecting one or two verses that really touch your heart and challenge you.
Chelby and her team at the Manhattan, KS Pizza Ranch hosted a Community Impact Night for the Tinkel Family, who was involved in a car accident where the father was tragically killed, and the mother and 2 small children (7 & 2 years old) were left in critical condition.
This Beatitude is another favorite that I have; it really helps me in times of need or when I'm feeling guilty about a particular sin in my life.
The Beatitudes are a series of blessings that are found in the fifth chapter of Matthew in the Christian Bible.
What a blessing it is to find out people have been praying for us. Right? To know that others have taken time to lift us up to the Lord in prayer. It’s special. It’s just one of the blessings of being a believer.
How have your thoughts changed this week? On Monday we challenged ourselves to be kinder to ourselves in the ways we think and talk to ourselves. On Tuesday I shared about the three questions we can use to assess those thoughts: 1. Is it true? 2. Is it helpful? 3. Is it kind?
Here in Northwest Iowa our schools opened their doors this week, so in the days leading up to kids filling the hallways many of our schools held development days for their faculty and staff.
Yesterday I shared about catching ourselves in negative self-talk and talking to ourselves positively instead. One way to assess if our thoughts are positive or negative is to ask these 3 questions (from Jon Acuff in his book Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking)
"Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body."
David has always been one of my favorite Bible characters. That was especially true when I was young. I’ve always found his writing to be so easy to read and to be very relatable. When I look at passages throughout the Bible today, I still will look to see if David had anything to say on the matter. An example of this is the topic of praise.
What if, just for today, you decide to let go of something that you've been struggling with and let God take it on and lead you through it? Give it a try and see how God works things out. . .