Has your brook dried up?

October 9th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Dried Up Brook
Have you ever been praising God for his miraculous provisions, when suddenly you lose your job, huge medical expenses wipe out your savings, or some other disaster wipes out your livelihood?

I’m encouraged by the story of the prophet Elijah and the brook of Kerith (or Cherith if you prefer). God had brought a drought upon the land in response to the people’s disobedience, but God had miraculously provided for the prophet:

      “Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.”

      So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook. But after a while the brook dried up, for there was no rainfall anywhere in the land (1 Kings 17:4-7).

This weekend our brook dried up! So, two thoughts: [Continue reading]

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How to move a mountain

October 5th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I love the story of the man who prayed for God to miraculously remove the huge pile of dirt from behind his new home. He claimed Matthew 17:20’s promise: “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

All night, he fervently prayed, but when he awoke, there—still—was the huge pile of dirt. But in front of it, something new: a shovel and a wheelbarrow! [Continue reading Listen to podcast]

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I’m praying for family and friends of the more than 50 killed and over 500 injured in last night’s Las Vegas shooting:

Father, wrap your love and comfort around every single person affected by this latest mass shooting: victims, family, friends, the Vegas community and our country. May your people reach out and show your love in tangible ways. (And shut the mouths of those who will attempt to exploit this tragedy to claim you are judging “Sin City.” You are not willing that any should perish.) May this godless act cause people to turn to you and to realize just how uncertain life is. Amen.

Here are some previous posts that may be helpful:
Dealing with death and grief
The good news about bad news
An Rx for gun control
Taking the terror out of terrorism
Talking to your children about the shooting

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Do you hate to wait?

October 1st, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


I hate to wait! I’m one of those people who impatiently taps his foot during the sixty seconds the microwave heats a cup of soup. I drum the steering wheel with my thumbs, waiting for a red light to turn green. And I even made the foolish mistake our first month of marriage of honking the horn while waiting in the car for the Mrs. (Do not try this at home!)

I’ve spent the past three weeks waiting on news of a huge business decision. And I have spent the last week waiting for test results and definitive decisions for my mom who is now on day seven in the hospital.

I suspect you hate to wait as well, so here are several helpful posts on waiting. And thanks for your prayers.

Update October 2: Mom has inflammation of the colon causing a blockage. Hopefully, it can be alleviating with antibiotics.

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The divisive issues issue

September 26th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


What a divisive few weeks. U.S. President Trump called North Korea’s Kim Jung Un “Little Rocket Man.” Jung Un responded by calling Trump a “dotard,” an archaic word for senile old man. This past weekend the National Football League saw more action off the field than on as Trump and commissioner Roger Goodell traded insults over players protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem. So, here’s my nonpartisan divisive issues issue: [Continue reading]

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Life as a human tetherball

September 20th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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I’m sure my friends in Mexico and the Caribbean are feeling like human tetherballs as two earthquakes and two Category 5 hurricanes have struck them this way and that. And my friends in Texas and Florida are still battered from dual hurricanes and those in the west are still recovering from destructive wildfires.

For those unfamiliar with this violent game (“head injuries on a stick”), a volleyball is hung from a tall metal pole with a rope (tether). The players on opposite sides of the pole try to hit the ball—one clockwise, one counterclockwise—until one player winds the ball all the way around the pole so that it is stopped by the rope. A steel pole. A heavy ball flying directly at the contestants’ faces. What possibly could go wrong?!

Maybe you, too, have felt like life is punching you in the face as you reel in the opposite direction, then you’re struck again and propelled the other way. You’re in constant motion, being struck this way and then that with health crises, financial hardships, relationship problems, etc. etc. There is hope. [Continue reading]

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Grieving fires and floods

September 12th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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The United States has experienced massive wind and flood damage of Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma as well as widespread destruction of western wildfires. And the death toll of the combined natural disasters is expected to rise. Grief is not only a reaction to loss of life, but a loss of property, security, routine, creature comforts, and more prompting deep feelings of grief.

Here are some posts that may be helpful in the aftermath of these recent natural disasters:
Dealing with death and grief
Are natural disasters “acts of God?

Photo from The Salvation Army

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9/11: Hope from the horror

September 11th, 2017 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


Two small numbers—9/11—have become shorthand for an infinite number of emotions: the shock and disbelief of watching the terrorist attack on live TV, the horror of watching the twin towers collapse upon themselves, the national grief as the number of confirmed casualties grew to over 2,800, the growing realization that we are no longer beyond the reach of terrorist attacks, and perhaps most of all, the fact that those who remember where they were on that date, will never, ever be the same. Here are some hopeful and helpful posts about that day of horror 16 years ago.

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Today, Sunday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Each year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and 25 times that number attempt to take their own lives. I have had thoughts of suicide as I struggle with clinical depression. Here are some posts I trust are helpful if you or a loved one are dealing with suicidal thoughts.

Hope and help for suicidal thoughts
If you’re thinking about suicide
Do those who commit suicide go to heaven?

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September 2017

Reasons for fear

• The rogue nation of North Korea just detonated a possible hydrogen bomb and is threatening that it can now strike the United State mainland with nuclear devastation.

• Irma, a “catastrophic” Category 5 hurricane with possible sustained winds of 225 mph, has Florida in its sights.

• Children of illegal immigrants, who are currently protected from deportation under the so-called “Dreamers” executive order by President Obama, may see that order rescinded by President Trump.

Reasons for hope

Are you listening to Goliath or God?

“Don’t be afraid”

Fear not Guest post by my daughter

I’m giving up fear for Lent

In this world you will have trouble

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