Category Archives: Encouragement & Faith

You Never Know Where He Might Show Up

Tennis has been my favorite sport to play since I was a kid. (Full disclosure, it’s been the only sport I’ve been any good at…which no doubt contributes to my interest in playing it.)

As an adult, it’s been great to get to keep playing tennis and I get out every week to serve it up. Lately, I’ve been able to play with my son as well. He’s on the high school team and it brings back memories for me, plus it’s just really cool to see him continue to improve his game.

In all of this, I feel a strong sense of gratitude – a big part of that, just to be able to still play the game I love so much. To the point where, particularly when I’m playing matches against others in the weekly sessions, the tennis court has become one of the places where I feel closest to God.

It’s become my place to really say thank you to Him, often. Like I should be doing more often in everyday life, but too often don’t. It’s also challenged me to focus more on the ups in life than the downs.

Funny how God shows up in different ways, and different places, than we might expect.

Have a great day!

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So Much Detail

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The rain the other day prompted me to get out my camera (something I don’t do nearly enough, these days) and get some shots of the action.

After looking at them, I was amazed by the level of detail in each raindrop that splashed off the table. I mean, really, there were probably millions of raindrops in just that little tiny corner of the Earth and there is a countless level of detail in each one. That is a lot of detail!

Made me think of how much detail God puts into each one of us. We’re all unique. We all have special gifts, special talents and a special purpose for Him during this life. It’s a pretty cool thing, isn’t it? Thankful He put so much detail into me, and into you.

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Have a great day!

Great Things – Expect and Attempt

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“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”

I heard those words spoken at church this morning. Really like this quote!

Being bold in how we pray, how we approach God and how we believe in what He promises…all very important.

Just as important…how we live our lives.

This challenged me today, but also encouraged me. It was a reminder to give my all for Him – at the same time, to be confident in what He can (and will) do in our lives.

Have a great day!

The Right Tool for the Job

After trying to saw through a piece of 4×4 wood with a dull pruning saw the other day, I realized this truly was the wrong tool for the job!

At the same time, it made me realize how often I do that in life, in general. For example, when something stressful comes around, I try to handle it or figure it out on my own. Problem is, that’s also using the wrong tool for the job! God has such great wisdom for us, such great strength, such great peace. It comes in His word, it comes in talking with Him, it comes in turning to Him during these times.

Gotta remind myself to do that more often. 🙂

You Make a Way

“Where there is no way, You make a way.”

This particular lyric of this song came to mind today and it reminded me that when life may seem confusing, or when it seems like we’re fighting an uphill battle or when we think, “No way”…God has bigger plans for us.

He has, can and will make a way. Even when it seems like there is no way.

Not sure if you’re going through something difficult right now, but just sharing some encouragement that God won’t leave your side while you’re going through it. Even if it takes repeating these lyrics, just know that you haven’t been forgotten. The best is yet to come.

Where there is no way, You make a way.