Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
By Luke Finch (UK Worship Leader)
These mountains are high
But your grace is greater
These valleys are deep
But your healing's deeper
I cannot escape your incessant love
So I won't run, I will wait
It's your love, it's your love
It's your love that saves me
It's your love, it's your love
It's your love that sets me free
My life is a path that keeps on winding
And all I can do is your truth believe in
I cannot explain this depth of longing
But I won't run, I will wait
This burden is light but I feel I'm dying
Losing my life and then yours I'm finding
I cannot contain it, this love's
Compelling me to run, but I will wait
I cannot run
I cannot hide
I can't escape your incessant love
Your love, your love, your love is chasing me
(c) 2010 Song Solutions Daybreak firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." - Matthew 6:14
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
He could have had the world handed to him by his father Warren. But as Peter Buffett tells it now, that would have been the worst thing for him.
Peter, in his new book Life Is What You Make It: Finding Your Own Path to Fulfillment, says that the values instilled in him by his parents and the opportunity to find his calling in life were worth more than any financial gift he could receive. As his father put it, people who are born with a silver spoon in their mouths end up with a silver dagger in their backs (meaning a sense of entitlement and a lack of personal achievement). Peter wound up, by his own words, normal and happy instead of spoiled.
"Entitlement is the worst thing ever, and I see entitlement coming in many guises. Anybody who acts like they deserve something ‘just because' is a disaster," he said.
When you have a sense of entitlement, nothing is ever good enough. You'll buy a car, then want a nicer car. Your house is never big enough—you'll constantly want to move up. Think of how bitter you'll become from a lifetime of wanting better stuff. Even after you get it, it's not good enough, thus you want even nicer stuff.
Fathers can be more susceptible to this because guys tend to place a higher value on stuff. Money is a scorecard and if we're not doing well financially, we feel we haven't accomplished anything. As Father's Day approaches, remember how important it is to set the right example for your child.
It doesn't take money; just a parent who cares. You don't need to be a millionaire to teach your kid how to put in a hard day's work, or how to live with integrity, or how to care for the people around him or her.
The best things in life can't be bought. When you teach your kids a valuable lesson and see them start to live by that principle, that's priceless. You can give your son or daughter true security in life by letting them find what their calling is (and allowing them to bump their knees while finding it) and instilling in them the values and discipline to become a self-sufficient adult.
When you say no, your kids will grow.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Krissy greeted me with breakfast in bed - a gluten-free meal of waffles, apples, scrambled eggs with spinach & herbs and a glass of juice. That was a surprise! Then, after Anthem and Alex woke up, we, together, woke up Kaden who was greeted with "Kadie!!" by Anthem as she climbed all over him to wake him up. (The boys were up late last night watching 'Toy Story').
Omi called just after that as the boys and Krissy prepared something downstairs for me. My grandmother, who is now a healthy 91 years young, greeted me so sweetly with good wishes for my birthday. I couldn't help thinking how thankful I was to have her and to be able to still speak with her. I enjoy so much being able to speak with her - we usually talk about once a week. She only speaks German so it helps me keep my second language in somewhat decent form. We usually have longer conversations, but this time, the kids were calling me from downstairs.
As I came downstairs, Krissy was video taping me and this is what they had ready for me...
I couldn't be more thankful for my wife and kids that they would surprise me in this way. I am a blessed man - more thankful than I can ever express to God to have been entrusted with such a special family.
I am thankful today for life. I can't help thinking about 40 just around the corner. I think of it as halftime. 39 is my 2-minute warning. I plan to make the most of this last year in my 30's. Look for more posts to come this year about how I plan to celebrate it. I keep feeling the nudge to make it about giving. More to come on that...
For today, I will try not to work too much and enjoy my time with the boys. We're going out tonight and one more night to sleep on the "Birthday Pillow" we all in our family get to sleep on when it's our birthdays. It's time to begin my 2-minute drill...I've had 39 years to prepare for this.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I'm thankful for Jill Perry for organizing the theme and the teaching. I grew in my Christian walk this weekend. Particularly, I had never known or realized that when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments, his face was shining, glowing with radiant light. We studied The Sun, The Moon and The Stars and used creation to apply the fundamental truth that as believers, we are salt and light. Thank you, Miss Jill!
On top of great teaching and worship and camp songs (an adaptation of R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" by yours truly and his wife), we also ate some great meals together, swam in the lake, did some fishing, played games, had a talent show and played "Minute To Win It" on the last night.
I'm grateful for my church family and for the time I was able to spend with my boys, daughter and wife this weekend.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Jesus saw food when 5000 were hungry. He saw healing when multitudes were sick. He saw life when a child was dead. What He saw—took precedence over all other facts. You have that mind (1 Corinthians 2:16). Start seeing what He saw. SEE the solution in every problem.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
In case you don't know, Quietime music is a series of instrumental piano music that's intended for use during personal prayer and worship time. Check out the daily devotion and prayer podcast at myquietime.com.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I recently came upon a wonderful illustration using scripture and personal experience to describe the truth of this song. My wife, Krissy, is co-writer of the song. Many of the scripture examples were inspiration for the song’s origin lyrically! The writer captures the essence of the song very well. Click here to link to the page.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
In doing my "research" for this blog entry, I found this interesting article...
Seriously, the head butt is not that hard. Here's a Parenting magazine article about serious head butting issues...
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
In the garden of eternity
There grows an endless mercy tree
Everyone who does believe
Is sheltered by it’s covering
The branches stretch as to embrace
It’s flowers bloom in scents of grace
Breezes blow away the pain
Close your eyes and drift away
Find rest from suffering
Underneath the mercy tree
It grows as high as it goes deep
The roots reach back to calvary
How small we are, how great is He
The maker of the mercy tree
by Krissy Nordhoff
(c) 2009 TwoNords Music