Then Jesus told him, “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.”‘ ~‭John‬ ‭9‬:‭39-41‬ (NLT)

Spiritual blindness is not a sin by itself, but it becomes sinful to deny your spiritual condition and willfully remain blind to the truth. This lesson hit a little too close to home, as I continually struggle with arrogance and pride, two things that hinder growth and new learning.

BOLDNESS by willetta

imageBOLDNESS: Joshua 1; 6-7 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.

Acts 4: 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 2 Corinthians 3: 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.

Some children are naturally shy. In fact, in the time that we live in, it is often to a child’s advantage to be shy, especially around strangers. Some children are so naturally bold that it becomes a big concern … Read the rest of this entry


I woke up this morning feeling anxious and irritable. Unsettled. Even the cat was annoying me when she kept on licking my feet. Then I got into the Word. This is the verse I was shown:

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭19‬ (NLT)

Of course He takes care of me. I just need to remember this and lean on His Words. I am feeling less anxious now and ready to face the day!

SHAKE IT OFF by kevin horath

When something gets on my dogs (water, bugs, etc.), they will often shake in order to get it off. It is funny to watch a dog shake. It generally Screen Shot 2014-07-26 at 1.42.09 PMstarts with their head, moves to their midsection, and ends with their tail. Dozsar was shaking off something when I snapped this picture.

Scientists have studied this action and determined that the smaller the dog, the faster they must shake to dry off. Why someone would need (or want) to study this, I don’t know. But, it is funny to watch. Nevertheless, there is a real, biological reason why dogs shake off water. It is necessary to regulate their body temperature. They need to get free of whatever is on them because… Read the rest of this entry


July 29, 2014

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” ~‭John‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬ (NLT)

Jesus was discussing the merits of healing on the Sabbath when he made this statement. I found it very neat that such a simple statement would be so profound. He was referring to the reasons behind the law of Moses, as well as the hypocrisy of the ones accusing Him of breaking it.

You see, the Law was created by God out of love for His chosen people, to keep them true. When you take the love out of the Law, you have legalism and people who blindly obey, all the while completely missing the point.

Going back to the verse, I will follow it by not judging an event or person simply by what I see, but instead, dig down to find the true purpose or meaning underneath the surface.


I have struggled with indecision about whether to write this post, mostly because it hit home for me, in a very real and personal way. I struggle with prejudice. Oh, I don’t mean prejudice in color, natural ability or disability, or age. I struggle with a deeper prejudice. I have found myself looking at homeless men and women, and making a judgement about them. I think to myself, he or she must have a strong addition to lose everything and wind up in the street. I sometimes think to myself he must have dropped out of school, or isn’t very bright, or is not sound in mind. I see the missing teeth, the mismatched clothes, and the dirt on their hands, and I think they must not be clean. I admit, I have walked away or across the street of a group of people who I knew to be homeless. I did not want to have anything to do with them. I was afraid. Read the rest of this entry


“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” ~Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭34‬ (NLT)

It’s a simple statement, yet full of wisdom. We need to live in the today. Yes, plan for tomorrow, but don’t live in the tomorrow. Worrying about tomorrow means you’re living in the tomorrow, rather than focusing on the moment of today.


holding_a_tired_wifeThis post was originally published on Charlene Cares for Kids on July 25, 2014.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:1-3 (NLT)

Julie was tired. Oh so tired. Not just physically, but mentally, too. She was tired of being the “responsible one” who looked after her brother and sister all summer while Mom worked. She was tired of all the chores that fell on her shoulders – the laundry, keeping the house picked up, fixing lunch, even running the mower when Mom didn’t have time. Read the rest of this entry


“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
~Proverbs‬ ‭17‬:‭9‬ (NLT)

I love this verse. How many times could extending mercy for the mistakes of others, preserve the bond of the friendship, the marriage relationship, or the family unit?

TIED UP IN KNOTS by kathy massey

Most of you know I took up a new hobby last summer with sailing. I hate to admit that I started sailing before I had proper training. This summer, we took the time to listen to the seasoned sailors at the club dock tell us more about wind conditions, sail positions, retrieving a “man overboard,” and safe docking.

One of the lessons I found I did not know was how to tie good knots. I learned there are good knots, and there are bad knots. For a knot to be considered a “good knot,”it must meet three primary criteria: Read the rest of this entry