Lemonade Stands

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My son, Jack, was dead-set on doing a lemonade stand. His grandma had mentioned the idea when she heard him talking about a toy he wanted but couldn’t afford. Day after day, “Dad, can we do a lemonade stand?” Me: “Sure, buddy. How about Saturday.” Jack: (Tuesday) “Dad, are people thirsty right now?” Jack: (Wednesday) “Dad, I’m going pick some …

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Teach vs Ask

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Questions are the best teaching tool. Jesus was the master question-asker: * “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15)* “What do you want me to do for you?” (Matthew 20:32) Our tendency is to teach—we want to convey our thoughts and ideas in a way that shows we have value and understanding. Jesus did that but didn’t need …

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ONE YEAR!

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It’s been ONE YEAR of the Chewables blog! Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms. (Psalm 68:19) So, even though blogging has been a thing for 20 years, I didn’t start until this past year. Late adapter? Perhaps. But I didn’t want to do it just because other writers were doing …

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Captain Coffee Bean

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The invested make an impact. The entitled, they distract. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart…” – Jesus (Matthew 11:29) Coffee Bean (coffee shop) was the destination for my meetings this morning. When I walked in and began looking for a place to sit, I immediately noticed Captain Coffee Bean’s …

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Playing In The Grass

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Playing in the grass—or nature—is always good for the soul. Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds… Psalm 148:7-10 Yesterday, I …

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Be Pursued

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(Reflections on Psalm 23, cont’d) Even better than pursuing God is when we realize He’s already pursuing us. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 The songwriter was well-acquainted with being pursued. The sitting king pursued David at length, …

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My Cup Overflows

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(Reflections on Psalm 23, cont’d) This is the future of your impact on others: your overflow. My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23:5c Are you dry and barely hanging on? Or are you overflowing? Listen, your circumstances might not need changing. You may not even require a getaway. “The overflow” might come as you sit and reflect and notice how …

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Let The Feasting Tables Turn

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(Reflections on Psalm 23, cont’d) When you’re starved and struggling, God is preparing your feast. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. Psalm 23:5 When enemies surround us, the circumstances are not ideal. Something has gone wrong. Maybe you had a misstep; maybe someone betrayed you; …

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Darker Means Closer

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(Reflections on Psalm 23, cont’d) The darker things get, the closer God seems. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Psalm 23:4 You know if you’ve been in a room or space that is exceedingly dark that it can be difficult to see your hand in front of …

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Paths Made Right

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(Reflections on Psalm 23, cont’d)The Divine machete can clear a path from where you’ve been to where God is taking you.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:3Yes, God is guiding, but sometimes I’m not following. There are days I miss the sign posts. There are moments I blow him off. What then?  It seems …

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