Day 16

Today’s Readings Genesis 31:17-32:12 Matthew 10:24-11:6 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 3:16-18 I have been touched by the epidemic this year of anxiety and depression in my own household. It is paralyzing and causes fear, worry, and the inability to do anything productive. I have been slow to arrive at this new scourge that has become a […]

Day 15

Today’s Readings Genesis 31:17-32:12 Matthew 10:24-11:6 Psalm 13:1-6 Proverbs 3:16-18 I have been touched by the epidemic this year of anxiety and depression in my own household. It is paralyzing and causes fear, worry, and the inability to do anything productive. I have been slow to arrive at this new scourge that has become a […]

Day 14

Today’s Readings Genesis 30:1-31:16 Matthew 10:1-23 Psalm 12:1-8 Proverbs 3:13-15 There are so many interesting stories in today’s readings. Jacob has many children with his wives and their maidservants. Having children with maidservants is an interesting topic, but we will not explore it here. However, I would be safe to say that should Mrs. Freese […]

Day 13

Today’s Readings Genesis 28:1-29:35 Matthew 9:18-38 Psalm 11:1-7 Proverbs 3:11-12 Are there any young men or women who would wait for seven years for the one they love? Or wait another seven years for that same person? Delayed gratification is on display in today’s Old Testament story. 16 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of […]

Day 12

Today’s Readings Genesis 26:17-27:46 Matthew 9:1-17 Psalm 10:16-18 Proverbs 3:9-10 In yesterday’s reading, we read how Jacob stole the birthright of Esau for a bowl of stew. While Esau was complicit in his own failure, today it appears that Jacob and his mother, Rebekah, used deceit and treachery to steal from Esau something that was […]

Day 11

Today’s Readings Genesis 24:52– 26:16 Matthew 8:18-34 Psalm 10:1-15 Proverbs 3:7-8 As I read today’s selections I see such a connection between these Scriptures for myself.  In our Genesis reading Esau comes in from hunting and is starving.  Jacob (ever the conniver) offers to give him some stew if he sells his birthright.  As I […]

Day 10

Today’s Readings Genesis 23:1– 24:51 Matthew 8:1/17 Psalm 9:13-20 Proverbs 3:1-6 I know a man who is very successful by the world’s standards.  He has money, property and owns a large oil company here in West Texas.  He loves to hunt and fish and has bought thousands of acres of land to build habitats for […]

Day 9

Today’s Readings Genesis 20:1– 22: Matthew 7:15-29 Psalm 9:1-12 Proverbs 2: 16-22 I grew up all over the USA: Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and finally Denver.  My fondest memories of my childhood are my days in Stoughton, Wisconsin.  We lived in a simple house with no fences in the backyard.  This was great for football […]

Day 8

Today’s Readings Genesis 18: 16– 19: 38 Matthew 6: 25– 7: 14 Psalm 8: 1-9 Proverbs 2: 6-15 I often worry about things that I cannot control, like the weather and what others think.  I can control neither, yet often I find myself wondering and worrying.  If I do this what will that person think? […]

Day 7

Today’s Readings: Genesis 16: 1– 18: 15 Matthew 6: 1-24 Psalm 7: 1-17 Proverbs 2: 1-5 Today I read about Ishmael and the coming of Isaac.  Ishmael and Isaac are both from the same father, Abram and then Abraham, but of two mothers, Hagar and Sarai, or Sarah later.  This appears to be the classic […]

Day 34

Jesus commands us to love with all we have and to love everyone. Meanwhile, Moses gets some help.

Day 32

Today’s Readings Exodus 13:17-15:18 Matthew 21:23-46 Psalm 26:1-12 Proverbs 6:16-19 There are some huge stories in today’s readings. In fact, it is hard to pick just one passage to write about, but I’m going to give it a try! In the reading from Exodus, the Israelites are finally breaking free from the bondage of the […]

Day Seventeen

Today’s Readings Genesis 35:1 – 36:43 Matthew 12:1-21 Psalm 15:1-5 Proverbs 3:21-26 Today we read a long genealogy about Jacob and Esau in the Old Testament reading.  I used to think this was the boring and why did God put this into the Bible?  But I realize that our history is important, where we came from […]

My Life, I Have A Plan

  I read something the other day about Brad Pitt. Now I don’t advocate his ideology, but he said something intriguing to me.  He was asked why he split up with Jennifer Aniston and what he said in reply piqued my interest.  He said, “I ceased to live an interesting life, nothing I did interested […]

Nine Principles to Live By

If you have never read anything by Jim Rohn, STOP NOW and read something of his.  Too busy?  Then just read this blog, these are nine of his principles to live by. Here are what I consider to be the principles that we must commit to if we are to leave the legacy we desire: […]

The Hardest Part

I found this at this website: Curmudgucation They never tell you in teacher school, and it’s rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate. Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series […]

Saturday Morning – Tivo and Coffee

I love Saturday mornings!  As a teacher the weeks are very busy.  If you have children (we have four, one left in the house in fourth grade) it is even busier.  Play practice, church, cheer and tumbling and lots of homework is the norm for our daughter and our week.  But on Saturday, the pressures […]

How I Met My Wife

This is from our marriage blog – Purposeful Marriage – we are doing a series on our own marriage as we prepare to head to Poland.  Check out our website, we would love your help. As Missy and I prepare to go to Poland this summer to present our marriage seminar, I thought I would […]