Cracked Pots

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it.  The other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house.  The cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his masters house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments; […]

Attitude

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life.  The longer I live, the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

I believe the single, most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.  It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position.

Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress.  It alone rules […]

By | January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Change/Motivation, Healthy Living, Motivation, Recovery|0 Comments

No Kid Leaves Home “Done”

I’m in the middle of a developmental stage. Some of you would never think that at 55+ I’d be navigating through a developmental stage. This is a term used for babies and kids in Pre-K through 8th grade, isn’t it?

No, the truth is all of us navigate through a variety of stages throughout our lifetimes. My current one falls under the heading, “Role of Parent Quickly Changes as Son Launches.” You see, my older son recently graduated from LSU and he moved on to pursue his career and fulfill a life-long dream. On one hand, as a parent I am […]

By | October 17th, 2013|Categories: Change/Motivation, Marriage and Family, Parenting|0 Comments

Acceptance – A Key to Joyful Living

by Murphy Toerner

Acceptance is a wonderful phenomenon.

Acceptance is the ultimate goal for healthy processing.  Life is full of ups and downs and steady streams of change.  All human beings are organic and dynamic.   Learn to anticipate and expect change, growth, maturity, decline and ultimate physical death.  Acceptance enables you to experience Godly peace and joy along the way.  Life without an attitude of acceptance is  torturous.

Acceptance should never be misinterpreted as lost hope.  As a Christian, your hope is not to be based on circumstances.  Your hope is based on the constant and consistent presence of God the Father, […]

7 Myths About God – Murphy Toerner

It’s very important for Christians to understand that we regularly project our human qualities onto God.  Our ability to fully grasp who God is and how He acts is limited.  Therefore, to make sense of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present God, we perpetually define Him by using human qualities and characteristics rather than divine, super-natural ones.

The follow is a list a seven myths we persistently perpetuate about God.  To have the best personal relationship with Him, it is critical for us to systematically dispel each of these myths.

1.  Myth: God is angry with you because you keep messing […]

Healthy vs. Abusive Relationships (Source Unknown)

Healthy Relationships:

Non-Threatening Behavior

  • Talking and acting so that your partner feels safe and comfortable doing and saying things

Respect

  • Listening to your partner non-judgmentally
  • Being emotionally affirming and understanding
  • Valuing opinions

Trust and Support

  • Supporting your partner’s goals in life
  • Respecting your partner’s right to his or her own feelings, friends, activities and opinions

Honesty and Accountability

  • Accepting responsibility for self
  • Acknowledging past use of violence and/or emotionally abusive behavior and intentionally changing those types of behaviors
  • Acknowledging infidelity and repenting of that behavior
  • Admitting being wrong when it is appropriate
  • Communicating openly and truthfully, acknowledging past abuse, seeking help for abusive relationship patterns

Responsible parenting

  • Sharing parental responsibilities
  • Being a positive, non-violent role model for children

Abusive […]

Romans 11:29 (NASB) – The Gifts and Callings of the Lord are Irrevocable.

v. 29 – For the gifts and the callings of the Lord are irrevocable.

Several years ago, I saw a movie called The Apostle starring Robert Duval.  He was a minister who did something really bad in his hometown and he ran away.  He ended up moving to another state.

Not long after arriving, he began a new church.  He could not resist God’s call on his life.  He was an apostle of Jesus and even though he had sinned, one of his spiritual gifts was church planting.  His preaching was powerful and people in the […]

By | November 25th, 2012|Categories: Change/Motivation, Motivation, Recovery, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Romans 2:11 (NASB) – No Partiality with God

v. 11 — For there is no partiality with God.

Satan loves it when we fall into the trap of “comparison.”  Satan wants you to always feel less than.  He wants you to feel as though you are no longer credible in advancing the Kingdom of God.

The truth is God knows you; your strengths in Him and your weaknesses in your flesh.  God is always for you and not against you.  He knows that Satan has a target on your back and that Satan is like a roaring lion who is walking about […]

By | November 25th, 2012|Categories: Change/Motivation, Motivation, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments

Answers To Pray From the Father

Prayer is simply talking to God.  There are different kinds of prayers and contents of prayers.  The acrostic A C T S describes some of the those prayers.  They stand for:  Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (requesting).

As Christians we need to fight the idea that God will always answer in the affirmative to their prayers of supplication.  That is not the case.  Satan wants us to become disgruntled and discouraged with God when God does not give us what we think He SHOULD give us.

In my mind, there are several ways God will answer my prayers.

1. Yes

2. No

3. Wait

4. God […]

By | November 14th, 2012|Categories: Change/Motivation, Motivation, Spiritual Maturity|0 Comments
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