Volume 17.01 | January 2016

  • 01-Building-the-future

    Building the future

    The end of a year is a good time to take stock of things, a chance for us to reflect on all that has happened over the last twelve months. It can be a bittersweet time, as there are experiences and people that have moved into our past. But the end also brings a new […]

  • 02-That-first-bite

    That first bite

    I took a bite of omelet and silently thanked God for it. I was hungry and it tasted exceptionally delicious. I really appreciated the subtle flavors and melted cheese, and I stopped a moment to think about God’s wonderful care and supply. I know that I often hurriedly grab something to eat and don’t even […]

  • 03-Slaying-the-giants

    Slaying the giants

    Starting a new year is a bit like starting a new project. For some time now, I have been working steadily toward a dream of mine: creating a business that gives me the opportunity to earn an income doing something I love, while making a difference in the world. It’s been a step-by-step process that […]

  • 04-Forward-to-success

    Forward to success

    Many of God’s promises are conditional, requiring some initial action on our part. Once we begin to obey, He will begin to bless us. Great things were promised to Abraham, but not one of them could have been obtained had he waited in Chaldea. He had to leave his home, friends, and country, travel unfamiliar […]

  • 05-Finding-your-way

    Finding your way

    Unexpected changes have never been easy for me, and last year was such a time. I was expecting to be able to move closer to my son and his family, but found out that the situation to which I was planning to move was no longer a possibility. Disheartened, I paused to reflect on my […]

  • 06-Time-for-a-career-switch

    Time for a career switch?

    January is often when people look for a new job—as many as two in five people are actively job hunting in the first month of the year. For some, this might be a sideways shift into a similar role; others might consider a radical career change. If you have been working in a similar role […]

  • 07-All-things-beautiful

    All things beautiful

    On a rare day that I actually had a bit of time to do some organizing, I came to a realization about myself (not the most impressive one): I have a lot of “unfinished business,” at least to do with personal projects. When I receive work with a deadline, I strive to accomplish that in […]

  • 08-Enjoying-the-journey

    Enjoying the journey

    I’m learning how important it is to enjoy the journey and not just be enthused with the final destination. The destination does define the journey, and of course, is very important. But we often spend much more time traveling than we do enjoying the final goal, so it’s wise to learn to appreciate the day-by-day […]

  • 09-Day-by-day

    Day by day

    As I begin this New Year, I am reminded of that popular song of the 1970s: “Day by day, day by day, oh, dear Lord, three things I pray: To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, follow thee more nearly, day by day.”1. To see You more clearly… The Bible tells us that […]

  • 10-A-world-of-silence

    A world of silence

    When I open the front door, I am overwhelmed by the silence outside. How absolutely quiet the world has become! Usually there is at least some noise and movement at this hour. But not today. Today everything is still. A few snowflakes fall out of a gray, overcast sky, adding to the sense of mystery. […]

  • 11-One-of-the-listening-crowd

    One of the listening crowd

    Again [Jesus] began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables.––Mark 4:1­–2 Imagine for a moment that […]

  • 12-New-year-fresh-start

    New year, fresh start

    Each new year brings with it many things. It’s full of freshness, growth, and new experiences. It’s full of second chances, forgiveness, and opportunities to try again. It’s also full of tests, challenges, and its share of difficulties and problems. The most important thing in your new year is your relationship with Me. Because with […]