It might be spring!

The weather is amazing… finally. It means a couple of things.

1. People are really in a good mood today!

2. It also means the end of the semester for me as adjunct faculty. This year I am finding is a bit tougher. I know quite a few students who are graduating. It is rewarding in that I know so many.

It is also bittersweet. There are several I have mentored over the past couple of years and the realization is they are headed out.

What a reward. They have added to my life. I am so thankful for the time we’ve had together. I pray for God’s best in their lives.

Finishing Well

 A great pastor in our fellowship went home to be with the Lord last night. Mark Denyes was founding pastor of Emmanuel Christian Center in the Twin Cities and a great man of prayer.

He lived as a great example of a pastor for thousands. For me, he was an example of a man of prayer.

He is no longer homesick for a place he’s never been. He is now home.

Eternal memory.

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (II Tim. 4:7, NIV)

 

Watch for the Blessings Throughout the Day

Today is Tuesday, but it’s acting very “Monday,” in that way we don’t like Monday.

But it is no matter, because it is always incredible to catch the small blessings along the way. My new old beater car didn’t start this morning and I was running late. I ran to catch the bus up to the church, trying to reschedule my day in my head. This was a day I needed a vehicle and things were now getting stretched in time because of transportation.

Thinking through this day and mumbling short prayers for help, I found myself also thanking the Lord for these opportunities. One reason I like the bus is it’s a way to slow down. I have to pause.

The pause was well worth it. When I was close to my stop, I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and saw a man I deeply admire as a church musician. He and I have done some work together for Good Friday services in our community and I deeply admire his talent and his heart for God. He greeted me and we had a great, though brief, conversation. The pleasure of knowing this man and seeing him on a day that wasn’t starting so well immediately lifted me up.

Without a lousy car, I would have missed this brief, uplifting encounter.

Watch for blessings throughout your day!