Reflect: Look back over the past week or month at some of your negative moments and difficult situations. Where was God in those times? Can you see God’s grace? Reflect & Practice: Each day this week, try to keep a tally going of your positive and negative thoughts. What is the ratio in different relationships and activities? Do you need to work on increasing the positive? If so, put some intentional energy towards cultivating grateful thoughts. Practice: This week, try to write your own psalm expressing your struggles honestly, offering your questions......
Nothing you have nothing you experience is a product of you alone. Everything you have everything you experienced is a gift. It has been possible because of dozens of other people – people close to you and people you don’t even know and most importantly everything is a gift from God. And when you realize this and began to cultivate the act of giving thanks you will harvest happiness in your life. Gratitude is what we will be talking about for the next few weeks in our new Sunday Series called Growing Gratitude.......
As we mentioned and brought before God on Sunday, our church community and the community of Dunn have experienced a lot of loss lately and there are many among us that are on the journey of grief. The journey of grief was not foreign to the psalmist. Though sometimes less familiar, many of the psalms in the Bible are psalms of lament. Some of these psalms share vivid imagery of one’s sorrow and grief. Take Psalm 6, for example, O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in......
“Count your blessings” “A blessing in disguise” “Bless you” (after you have sneezed) “Bless your heart” These are just a few of the ways we use the word bless or blessing in our everyday conversations. I have a minister friend that served as a mentor to me in high school. Jokingly, he shared a piece of advice with me one day that I will never forget. He reminded me that in the south we have overused the phrase “Bless your heart” . We have sometimes gotten in a habit of saying it or sometimes we......
Dear Church Family, October is Pastor’s Appreciation Month, so as your pastors, we wanted to take time to appreciate each of you. We daily share with each other how we love the people that are a part of this church family and we wanted to share that love with you. Thank you for your daily love and support of our family. Thank you for hugging our girls each Sunday (sometimes three times). Thank you for holding the baby while we are in the middle of a conversation or needing to practice a......