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Quiet Time Is Essential

Mark 6:31

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

OK – we prayed for our children and grandchildren to come home – two grandchildren and parents were living in New Jersey while three grandchildren with parents were living in California. We are so glad to have them back home. It is good to have family close. It was special having almost the whole family together for the 4th of July celebration at my brother’s home.

Having said that – quiet times around the McDonald home are few and far between these days. Three of the grandchildren are staying with us as the family prepares their home. Being so close to the other two grandchildren – you know they are over often. They love each other – yet like siblings and cousins – there are times they battle as well. I am not complaining – but finding a quiet moment is not as easy as it was when it was just the wife and I. Yet we realize how important – even essential – quiet time can be for us. Continue reading

July 10, 2017 Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Or What Brings You Comfort?

2 Corinthians 1:4

…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

112015 Ray McDonaldWho or what brings you comfort? I was talking to a church member yesterday and they mentioned how they had a warm and fuzzy moment with their child – a child that is fast growing beyond regular warm and fuzzy moments. They had been away on a trip and the child – who is showing all the signs of growing older and becoming independent – became tired toward the end of the trip and curled up in the parent’s lap and lay their head on their parent’s shoulder. It was a very touching moment and that parent will cherish that moment for a long time for sure.

Who or what brings you comfort? Do you have a comfort food – something that is your go to when you are depressed or when you are worried or stressed? Something like ice cream or pizza or warm bread or something that you enjoy and can take your mind off of whatever is troubling you. It isn’t the healthiest – I promise you – but many of us gain comfort from food. Continue reading

May 4, 2016 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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