2 PETER 3:9 (NASB): “The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance.”
JEREMIAH 29:13 (NKJV): “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
JOHN 17:20 (ESV): “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word.”
A CHRISTMAS TALE
“WHY DON’T YOU tell your readers something about your personal life?” my wife asked me recently. The question seemed innocent enough, but I scowled anyway.
“That’s not what I do,” I replied, sounding a bit more smug than I needed to be.
I thought quickly of some of the blogs I’ve read that I really found enjoyable, and many of them — gasp! — were personal columns.
“Mine have been more ‘teacherly,’” I continued. “You know, the kind that give a message of encouragement for anyone. I don’t really want to share what I had for breakfast.”
Well, as I thought about it, another blogger, PK Adams, encouraged me further, so I’ll make the stab. Bear in mind, I’m of mixed opinion about this, but this is Christmas, and maybe this time, I could share just a slice of who I am.
HERE COMES THE DOG
AFTER A LIFETIME of “dog avoidance,” I’ve recently become the co-parent of a puppy Shih Tzu, possibly the cutest individual animal God ever created.
Here’s me with our dog, named Gracie. I call her “Puppy,” and I’m totally in love with her.
She has taken over our home in quick order: watches TV with us, sleeps in our bed (oh, yes, that didn’t take her long), enjoys outdoor walks, chases leaves, barks at herons, loves to play “toss and retrieve,” and goes bonkers when another dog is around.
My wife’s daughter has Gracie’s sister. The two dogs wrestle and bark and run rings around the room, like two crazed animals. They are adorable (but ours is cuter :-))
CAROLINA IN THE MORNING
NOTHING COULD BE FINER, as the song goes, than Carolina in the morning, and I can agree. Here’s the view out our patio window as the Sun rises over the lagoon.
I guess those are pine trees of some sort, but I don’t really know and in our five years of living here, haven’t bothered to ask anyone. They look strange to me, unlike the trees we saw up North that shed their leaves every autumn.
We moved to South Carolina from the Washington, DC, area to enjoy a warmer climate, lower taxes, and fewer traffic jams. Now that I see what it’s like, I kind of wish we had made the move earlier. Of course, there was that thing about our jobs, but …
Although I’ve lived most of my life along the southern rim of the Great Lakes, Southeast New England, and DC, I love the “New South.”
THEN THERE’S FLORIDA!
ONE YEAR AGO, we bought a condominium in South Florida, oceanside, partly as an investment, partly to be near family, and partly because it’s a great place to be!
Here’s the view through our screened-in balcony overlooking a tributary of the Intercostal Waterway. I love to sit on the balcony early morning with my Bible downloaded onto my iPad, sip my fresh brewed coffee, and enjoy God’s Nature while I study God’s Word.
Life is good!
But there’s more, and I’m running out of space, so maybe there’s hope for another personal column. I didn’t get to talk about this blog … or blogs in general. That could be interesting.
ABOUT THOSE VERSES
I LOVE BASING my blog posts on Scripture. Usually, I select three verses that “work together,” at least as I believe the Holy Spirit guides me.
I also love grabbing verses from different translations. Maybe it’s the academic in me, or the journalist, which is how I earned my living before journalism became corrupt and one-sided (oops, I digress).
The three I chose for this piece are as close to “life verses” as I can get. Each tells of the Savior’s love for me (and all of us who know Him). They comfort me in knowing that my salvation is secure because He wants me to be with Him. (John 14:3)
Praise God! I am so blessed.
O LORD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, how grateful we are that You’re a God who loves us, who cherishes us, and who literally would do anything — even sacrifice Your only Son — to reclaim us. We are blessed, indeed. Forgive us when we are disobedient, and guide us into Your loving arms, then empower us to share the message of redemption with those You put in our paths. In Jesus’ Name we pray. AMEN