Time in the Garden

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year as daylight lingers longer in the evenings, and wildflowers pop out on hillsides. The change in weather even motivated me to get out in the yard recently to do some work. I spent a couple of afternoons pulling weeds in a flowerbed and trimming back…

The Sacred Ordinary

On Monday morning I was home with a sick child (he’s just fine now!).  To be honest, I was so tired that I was a little thankful to have an excuse to stay home and be with him. But first, I had a few work things that needed to be taken care of.  As I…

Purpose Weekend

After two hours of a surprisingly quiet drive (at least in my van), twenty-one students and nine leaders arrived at Pine Cove Shores in Tyler, Texas. Students spilled out of vans, excited and slightly nervous for the two day retreat we had ahead of us. We were meeting up with two other UMCs from the…

God Will Make a Way When There Seems to be No Way

No matter what predicament, problem or difficulty we are facing, the Lord has a way when there seems to be no solution in sight. When all things fail and seem hopeless, God always makes a way when there seems to be no way. Ms. Marie Mbulu was born and lived in Africa. She came to…

Strangers

When was the last time you struck up a conversation with a stranger? Growing up, I was often embarrassed by my mother who seemed to never have met a stranger. She would strike up conversations with people in line at grocery stores, talk to families sitting behind us at Rangers games and treat salespeople like…

The Fireworks of Life

There are certain things in life that I continually struggle to describe in full. They are either so big, so complex or so full of emotion that words and pictures just don’t seem to describe them. So instead of trying to really describe those things, I compare them to fireworks. Before I really dive into…

Faith in Action

While preparing for this summer’s upcoming mission trips, I have been reflecting a lot on my own mission trip experiences. My first mission trip was the summer after sixth grade and I still remember it quite vividly. This trip came at the end of a children’s leadership program at my church. We spent three years…

Eye Contact

Salvator Mundi (Savior of the World) is a painting of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. When I heard that it recently sold for $450 million at auction, I had to see it. Of course, viewing it on the internet leaves something to be desired, but even on my computer screen, it is something amazing…

Books

There are two books on the bookshelves in my office that I’ve had longer than any others. One of them is the Life Application Study Bible that my mom bought for me to read and use at youth group. The other is The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The corners and pages of this book are…

View-Master by: Rev. Clint Jones

…as decision time nears, I would ask us to think about what reel we will insert in the View-Master slot of our minds as we make our decisions about who will become our elected leaders.