Count Your Blessings

(cc) Paul O'Rear

(cc) Paul O’Rear

The old familiar hymn encourages us to “Count your many blessings, name them one by one”. That’s actually not a bad idea. When the economy is in a slump, and gas prices are high, and lots of people are out of work, it’s easy to become pessimistic.

The List

My friend PamPam Nelson, a dear friend and high school classmate, recently posted to her Facebook status a thought-provoking list of “to do” items that will make anyone’s life more meaningful. I was intrigued as to the source of the list, so I Googled a few of the list items and found several websites with a nearly-identical list of 39 items, including the items from Pam’s Facebook list. I have edited the list in a few places for increased clarity or meaning, and have included relevant sources where appropriate. I want to share the list with you on the eve of this new year. Some of the list items will resonate with you more than others. That’s OK. Pick and choose the ones that mean the most to you, and resolve to incorporate them into your daily journey. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and yours for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

The Prodigal Son (Prodigal’s Perspective)

Return of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

Return of the Prodigal Son by Murillo

[PART 3 OF 4]

In the previous article, we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of the father in the parable. In this article, we will re-examine the parable from the perspective of the prodigal son himself.

Go ahead and read through the parable again by clicking here. Then come back and continue reading.

The Santa Claus Factor 4

© Scott Hancock - Fotolia

© Scott Hancock - Fotolia

[PART 4 OF 5]

I believe that the story of Santa Claus is the story of God!

In the last article, we discussed Santa’s list. We noticed the similarities between Santa’s “nice” and “naughty” lists, and God’s. In this article, we will continue to explore the parable-like nature of the Santa Claus story, and its ability to help us understand God a little better.

Dream Big

Dream BigOne of my favorite songs ever is “Dream Big” by Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband. In fact, it starts off at the top of my Favorite Songs list, and will probably stay in the Number 1 spot.

First of all, “Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband” has got to be the coolest name ever for a band!

I Don’t Bite

Paul and Susan O'Rear's Wedding

Paul and Susan O'Rear's Wedding

Susan and I married on Saturday, October 16, 1982, at the Round Rock Church of Christ in Round Rock, Texas. (I didn’t even have to look that up! I knew it right off the top of my head!)

We had first met each other about a year-and-a-half earlier. I was a Freshman at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Susan was a Junior at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas. She and her family were members of the Round Rock Church of Christ.

Emptying the Nest

Empty Nest

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Susan and I took Justin out to Lubbock, Texas (about 6 hours from home), on Tuesday of this week to help him get moved into his dorm room at Lubbock Christian University and get ready for his first day of classes on Monday. He will be a freshman, majoring in Agricultural Business.