Tag: thankfulness

A Life of Gratitude – By Ben Hoerr

A Life of Gratitude – By Ben Hoerr

Encouragment
For nine years—when our two boys were in Middle and High School—we ran a lawn mowing business named Hoerr’s Lawn Care. In peak season, we mowed 25 yards per week, mostly for neighborhood widows and widowers who had fenced-in yards with small gates that wouldn’t accommodate the big mowers from commercial services. Most of our customers were very delightful, but we had one elderly widow named Edna whom we absolutely could not please. We either mowed too fast, or there were too many clumps of clippings, or we didn’t pick up the sticks adequately before mowing. Edna was simply a bitter, unhappy, unthankful person. Edna stood in stark contrast with Dean—the lonely, chain-smoking widower who had a hard life. He’d lost his wife years before and even though his children and grandchildren were i
Dale’s Rules for Life – Be Thankful for Dirty Dishes

Dale’s Rules for Life – Be Thankful for Dirty Dishes

Encouragment
I have these rules for life. Guidelines that are like buoys to help navigate the choppy waters of life. The list occasionally grows. For instance, this rule was only added a month or so ago. Betty and I have been going through a large remodel of our home. Phase two was opening the floor plan by removing some walls and enlarging the kitchen. This meant many weeks without a normal kitchen. During this chaos, we avoided making too many dirty dishes since the basement sink wasn’t designed for that purpose. Eventually, our kitchen was completed. A day or two later I was actually glad to see some dirty dishes in our new sink. Now most of us probably grumble at dirty dishes since it means spending time washing them. The same could be said about dirty diapers, grass that needs mowing, cars t
Walking Through Philippians: Lesson One – Foundational Attitudes

Walking Through Philippians: Lesson One – Foundational Attitudes

Encouragment
Letter writing seems to be a lost art. After all, when was the last time someone sent you a handwritten letter in the mail? Or when was the last time you sent one? If you would see my handwriting you would be glad that I haven’t sent a letter your way. Yet, the principles of letter writing still apply to our emails, texts, and tweets. They are addressed, they do convey some sense of our emotion and reason for writing even if it’s an emoji, and they contain some kind of information. For Lambchow’s Wednesday articles we are going to begin a study on Philippians. What we call Philippians is a letter written by Paul while imprisoned in Rome to the believers at Philippi in Macedonia. Yet, God speaks to us today in this simple letter about attitudes, joy, and fruitfully following Jesus. This wee
Real Fruit: Joy

Real Fruit: Joy

Encouragment
If you’re a gardener you know joy. There’s just something special, something extra tasty, in the crops harvested from your own plot of dirt. It’s not just freshness. I can buy fresh-picked produce from the local market when the season is right. While good, our own green beans or corn or potatoes just seem to taste better. I think it’s because we can taste the hours of tilling, seeding, and weeding in them. That taste is what joy is all about. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23, NASB95) If you are just joining us, this is the eighth article in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit. And yes, we’re working backward. For this series we are going
The Practice of Prayer

The Practice of Prayer

Encouragment, Prayer
Want to know something funny?  I have this article idea that uses Philippians 4:6-7 as its centerpiece.  In case you're not familiar with it the passage goes, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, NASB95) So here’s the funny part, I am stressing out over coming up with the perfect example to showcase this passage.  Times when someone practices something before it is needed like a Boy Scout practicing knots, or a sailor battening down a hatch in calm seas, or a soldier practicing rifle tear down and assembly long before they enter the battlefield. So here I am being anxio