Thursday, September 1, 2011


Let today be the day that you don't get frustrated.

Let today be the day that you choose to forgive.

Let today be the day that you give up what is yours.

Let today be the day that you see everyone with love.

Let today be the day that you get right with God.

Let today be the day that repeats itself for life.

Monday, August 29, 2011


As I sit here at 1am, listening to to the song Awaking from the Passion cd, I find myself...aware.

Aware of a problem in this stale heart of mine....

This heart, a heart that I've promised to my Lord many times before, has filled itself with everything but a passion for my God, my Savior - at least for awhile now.

And when I finally realize it? I Keep myself even busier...then I don't have to think about how little I think about/depend on God in my daily routine.

No longer Satan. My soul is awakening again, this soul knows that meaning in this life is much larger than what I can try to make it....

This my awakening. I am a child of God. I haven't loved my Father - I've treated him as if His unconditional love warrants apathy...when the complete and total opposite should be the case! My passion, heart, and love should overflow towards He that gave me all of the blessings I have in this life (and even if I had nothing but the gift of Salvation - I have more than I can ever repay or appreciate).

My blog title: The Fire Within - may that once again be the case.

Father, I am a prodigal. I have known the truth, and like Adam, hidden from it - ashamed. I have sought to make life mine - it isn't...and I know that I never want it to be...change this heart to make this life Yours...Yours. Renew my love, passion, faith, and heart. May it beat for You.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Unconditional Love

Through the train window, she watched the villages and vineyards of the Italian countryside go by. It was 1942 and Sussi Penzias, a young Jewish woman who'd fled Nazzi Germany, was traveling alone, hoping to remain unnoticed. Since she'd arrived in Italy three years earlier, she'd been moving from place to place, staying with friends and friends of friends, hiding from the authorities. Now she was on her way to yet another safe house in a new town.

Suddenly, the door at the end of the train car swung open and two police officers came in. Sussi's heart beat wildly. They were wearing the black uniform of the Fascisti, the government police. To Sussi's horror, the policemen began making their way down the aisle, stopping at every row to examine the papers of each passenger.

Sussi knew that as soon as the policemen discovered she had no papers, she would be arrested. She was terrified she'd end up in a concentration camp and would face unimaginable suffering and almost certain death.

The officers were getting closer, just a few rows away. There was no escape. It was only a matter of minutes before they would reach her seat. Sussi began to tremble uncontrollably, and tears slid down her cheeks.

The man sitting next to her noticed her distress and politely asked her why she was crying.

'I'm Jewish and I have no papers,' she whispered, hardly able to speak.

To her surprise, a few seconds later the man began shouting at her, 'You idiot! I can't believe how stupid you are! What an imbecile!'

The police officers, hearing the commotion, stopped what they were doing and came over. 'What's going on here?' one of them asked. Sussi began crying even harder.

The man turned a disgusted face to the policemen and said, 'Officers, take this woman away. I have my papers, but my wife has forgotten hers! She always forgets everything. I'm so sick of her. I don't ever want to see her again!'

The officers laughed, shaking their heads at the couple's marital spat, and moved on.

With a selfless act of caring, the stranger on the train had saved Sussi's life. Sussi never saw the man again. She never even knew his name.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It all starts Here (and with Jesus! Duh!)

I found this on the floor while cleaning up this evening, and it's still one of my favorite writings!

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes." ~Charles Swindoll

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Worlds Apart - Jars of Clay