What I’m learning from Angry Birds, public outbursts, and church people

My initial reaction was nausea… then the nausea was followed by deep sorrow…. My heart hurt for this young man. I’m almost sure that he was completely blind-sighted by the backlash caused by his shirt. I’m positive that all he wanted to do was share the gospel. Instead, he was tar and feathered by two bitter crows. Read More

The best thing that you can work on today is….

– Each day presents us with 24 hours. – How we chose to invest the time allotted to us is completely up to us. – With so many things competing for our attention, it is important to remember to invest in ourselves. – There is no one more more qualified to help you fulfill your… Read More

4 things I learned from my Facebook purge

I must shamelessly tell you that I am a social media junkie. I regularly lose track of time while scrolling down my FB newsfeed and have been called a “social-media-addict” by many. Nevertheless, I have found social media to be a creative outlet where I can express myself freely. I use it as a platform to inspire others, bring encouragement, spread laughter, and give hope to the hurting. Read More

Don’t sit on the cactus

You are in control of what life hands you. –You may have not received the best news, but you don’t have to let the news define you. –Your life might be facing darkness, but darkness is powerless to the light–My prayer is that you would have the confidence to know that God can and will empower you… Read More

The day when I had to choose between God and the girl

I was aware of her traumatic childhood. I was also aware of how it had impacted her life. Her father was extremely abusive to her mother and to the family. In fact, she bore a small scar near her eye from a brick that her father had flung at her when she was little. Her experiences caused her to be abrasive in her interactions at times. She could be distrusting of people and it took a while to gain her trust. Read More

John Eli’s bookcase (Jan 2019 edition)

Something that sits high on my list of values is personal development, My favorite way to satisfy my desire to grow is by reading.
This month, I had the privilege of reading/listening to 13 different books. I thought I’d take a quick moment to give you a glance of my January reading list.
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It’s my blogiversary!!!

This morning started off like all other mornings. I was prepared to jump right into my regular morning ritual which involves coffee, my gratitude journal, bible reading, and prayer. As a habit, I make sure that each of these is complete before I dive into my daily dose of social media. However, today I drove… Read More

How I defeated bullies and what I learned from it.

“Hey John,” he said, “You get picked on a lot, at school, don’t you?” For a moment I paused. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to answer his question. If I chose to be honest, maybe he’d show some compassion. But in my fourteen years of living, I came to understand that compassion was not an adverb that was commonly used to describe teenage boys. If one existed, he would surely have to be placed on an endangered species list. Read More