Give Me That Mountain

Yes and No

Day four...

As we begin to understand the goodness of God we will begin to be just as pleased with His “No” as we are with His “Yes.” We will not care so much how He answers our request, but that He does answer our request—however He wants to answer it.

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Yes and No

Day five...

If you want to lose some weight, and you hear from friends about a nutritional supplement that aids in permanent weight loss, wouldn't you want to try it out? If you have trouble sleeping, and you hear from friends about a new kind of mattress that puts you out for the night, wouldn't you want to try it out? If you're usually ready to kill somebody by the time you get to work, and you hear from friends about a new recording artist whose latest CD brings on the calm, wouldn't you want to try it out?

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Yes and No

Day six...

I remember when Sherrel and I visited with a young mother and her two children, while they were staying at a shelter for the homeless. Sherrel was there to help the distressed mother. My job was to keep the kids occupied. The young daughter was very calm and played quietly with her doll. The young son however, was completely out of control.

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Yes and No

Day seven...

I've had this picture in my mind today of a frontier woman and her two small children sitting behind their cabin on a bluff overlooking a Colorado stream. On the blanket, which the mother had spread over the dirt, was a large picnic basket… and a rifle within easy reach. With one hand Mom would tenderly touch the faces of her children. But the other hand was never very far away from the rifle—just in case a rattlesnake or a mountain lion came calling.

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Yes and No

Day eight...

At the present moment I don't have a tractor or a backhoe or a skid steer to use in the woods. So when I need to drag a dead tree out of the timber to my burn pile, I just hook on to the tree with my pickup and go. As long as the ground is half‐way dry and I don't hook a stump with the tree, I've been amazed at what I can pull with my truck in four‐wheel drive.

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No More Thinking or Acting Alone

A Change of Mind. Day thirty-seven...

“I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.”

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Having More Confidence in God than in Man

Fear Exposed. Day twenty-three...

I am married to a woman who keeps her word. And I so appreciate that about Sherrel. If she says she's going to do something, she will do it—even to her own detriment. I'm never fearful about any commitment she makes, because I have no reason to be. If she were to ever break her word, it would only be because she came up against something that was bigger than her—so big it overpowered her.

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By His Grace

Fear Exposed. Day twenty-five...

It is critical to learn how to question God—in a healthy way—free from fear. Just because we have questions does not mean we lack faith. Just because we have questions does not mean we doubt God.

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Faith Requires Obedience - Not Talent

Faith and Unbelief. Day ten...

A few years ago Sherrel and I met an exceptional young couple. I was so impressed with their talent that I could easily see them as superstars for God. But as we began to develop a friendship, all the stuff coming against them began to surface. We counseled them intensely for a few months, but eventually they distanced themselves from us. I found out later that they had divorced.

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God Wants You

The Law and Grace. Day five...

My rural elementary school was very small—small enough that the boys from two grades had to be combined to come up with enough players for a baseball game.

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