Inspiration & Encouragement

Inspiration & Encouragement

FROM A PORCH IN TEXAS


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David and Goliath By Ken Jones

David and Goliath By Ken Jones

The story of David and Goliath ranks up there with some of the best-known Bible stories, especially with children.  The story emphasizes good over evil, it has a giant, it has swords, shields and spears and the good guy wins.  However, there is much more […]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World

 This summer my husband and I went to his high school reunion. We both attended the same high school, but It had been a very long time since we had visited. Every time we go, I always want to take a tour of our old […]

His Presence

His Presence

I recently read a quote by Dr. Gregory Boyd that greatly impacted me. Dr. Boyd, speaking on the subject of God’s presence, asserted, “I’ve become absolutely convinced that remaining aware of God’s presence is the single most important task in the life of every follower […]

Compassion

Compassion

One morning, very early on a cold winter day, Ken and I climbed up in the deer stand. Even though it was drizzling rain we were committed to finding the great “muy grande” deer that morning. We settled in and watched as the sun rose […]

What does it mean to be strong and courageous?

What does it mean to be strong and courageous?

When I consider the words strong and courageous, many things come to mind. From the world’s perspective, it seems to mean that you are to be strong, you are to be courageous. There are many clichés or sayings that point to this worldly perspective: “You […]

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). You may have heard of the book, The Five Love Languages, written […]

Joseph–Most Obedient Servant                 By Ken Jones

Joseph–Most Obedient Servant By Ken Jones

As Christmas approaches, I am reminded of what I believe to be the least discussed obedient servant in the New Testament, Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.  Try and imagine what it meant to be chosen by God to protect and train his only begotten […]

Mighty Men of Valor

Mighty Men of Valor

Mighty Men of Valor was the topic of a recent church Bible class that impacted me greatly. The teacher’s passion for God’s Word and its examples of faithful men was contagious. His personal desire burned powerfully that his own two sons might emulate such “mighty […]

The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

When I was a young mother, Ken and I took our first trip with a baby. Clay was a newborn and we decided to visit a college friend. We packed up all the essentials and took off to a small town in east Texas, where […]

Self-Evaluation

Self-Evaluation

Years ago, when teaching Fundamentals of Nursing, one of the basic practices we introduced to our students was that of self-evaluation. This concept was a foreign one to some students and a difficult one for most. Coupled with the skills objective outlines each student received […]