Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Compare And Contrast (Trina Agee Cornell)

Another wonderful entry by Trina Cornell! Keep praying for me in Vietnam, please!
I have taught numerous subjects in my nine years of teaching, but the one I have taught most frequently is English/language arts.  The English language fascinates me - it incorporates everything from reading and writing - to comprehension, grammar, usage and mechanics.  I love it all - English helps us to express our thoughts and ideas in creative ways - people know us by what we say and what we do.
One of the skills I taught my students involves compare and contrast.  We worked on analyzing similarities and differences of various topics, ideas, and images.  My students need to know how to do this effectively to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and analysts.
Comparison can have a positive connotation, but it can also be quite negative.  I see it everyday - middle schoolers striving to fit in, to find their style, and find their "place" in the world.  The detriment of social media furthers this insecurity as they - and we - compare our lives to the lives of others.  It is a vicious cycle that often leaves people sad and depressed, fearing that their own lives do not measure up.  
The Lord speaks to this phenomenon of comparison and tells us how to ha doe it.  Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect".  He calls us to not get caught up in the comparison game - we as Christians are already different from the world itself.  He wants us to look to Him and His word for the ultimate comparison - as a child of God.
God bless,
Luke 18:1
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Ask Questions! (Trina Cornell)

Another good lesson from Trina Cornell! Pray for me in Vietnam!
In my classes at school, we discussed the goals I have for our new unit entitled "Live Your Dream".  One of the goals I shared with them was as follows: "to build 21st Century skills by asking questions and gathering information."  I explained to them that in this day and age, a different set of skills is required for them to be successful.  With the advances in technology and the new jobs created everyday, I have to help my students become problem solvers and critical thinkers.  This is a must-have as they move on to high school, college - and the real world.
I follow this same process with anything new - I ask questions, I seek to understand, I do my research - I inform myself with reliable, trusted sources that assist in clarifying and learning.  Months ago, I did this with Plexus, a health and wellness company - I read articles and literature about the company, I researched the ingredients in the products they offered, I asked people associated with Plexus the tough questions I had, and I watched my friends post about their renewed health online. With all this complete, I came to one conclusion - Plexus is for real, and I need to try it for myself.  
Jesus' apostles did this on a daily basis - they asked deep, probing questions of our Lord while He was on earth - many of the same questions we have today.  Jesus always answered them with wisdom and love, helping them to see the kingdom of God in a new light.  They did this until the Lord ascended into heaven - the Holy Spirit took over in His stead. We have this same Spirit with us, as well as God's word, to answer our deepest questions and help us gather information in the form of wisdom and guidance.  
What questions do you have for our Lord?  Let the Holy Spirit – and His Word – help you find the answers that you seek!  

God bless, Steve Luke 18:1 E-mail me at

Monday, July 25, 2016

If I Could Turn Back Time (Trina Agee Cornell)

Standing in for me again tonight is the wonderful Trina Cornell! Prayers for me in Vietnam!
“In the end we only regret the chances we did not take.“
Regret is a state of being that affects all of us at different points in our lives.  Regret is defined as, "feeling sad, repentant, or disappointed over something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or a missed opportunity".  Most people can look back over the course of their lives and pinpoint a pivotal time where decisions have to be made. We look at the choices we have made and sometimes wish we had chosen differently.  We think about how the course of our lives would have changed with different decisions made - and at times wish we could have a do-over.
Unfortunately, this is not a possibility - the things we have done in the past cannot be changed.  One of the amazing things about our Lord is that He knows our past - He knows where we have been - and He loves us just the same.  We may regret the actions of our pasts, but the Lord is ready and willing to forgive - and to help us move forward.  
The route my life has taken has been one I never expected.  I believe that every step - every action - and every event in my life has had a specific purpose, and I am better for each and every one of them.  I am who I am because of my experiences - and I am forever grateful for the Lord's faithfulness.  

God bless, Steve Luke 18:1 E-mail me at

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Gift That Keeps On Giving (Trina Cornell)

Excited to share more words of wisdom from my good friend, Trina Agee Cornell! Continued prayers for me in Vietnam, please!
Most Christmases, I could not tell you what I received six months after, but I can for this past year! One of the best gifts I have received just keeps on giving - and that would be my FitBit One.  I received this as a gift from my parents and started using it immediately.  This little device is amazing - it tracks everything from my number of steps to number of calories burned, miles walked, floors, and water intake.  I also use it to chart my weight week-to-week as I visit Weight Watchers on Thursdays.  
This little device has truly revolutionized my level of activity.  I can be quite competitive with myself, so I use my totals in my FitBit to motivate and challenge myself to push harder.  The FitBit people send me a weekly email that summarizes my week, showing me my totals in all of the categories it charts.  This device has been invaluable to my workout regimen and challenges me daily in my activity.
Saturdays at our house are, for the most part, laid back - we do not have a set schedule, per se.  This allows us to get our workouts in - Bob with his running, and me with my gym time.  I had a bit of extra time on my hands, so I decided to challenge myself.  I did my normal workout with some different activity added in, and I did it!  From the combination of machines and steps that I took, I completed my first half marathon at the gym!  I do not know what it was - things were going well, and I felt so good, I just kept going.  I felt completely accomplished afterward - a sense of happiness and joy washed over me.  I did it - I actually did it!
Growth in any area of life requires challenge and sacrifice - Mark Twain said. "If you always do what you've always done, you will get what you've always gotten."  If we want to see change in our lives, we have to set our minds to it, set reasonable, achievable goals, and go for it!  The best part about it – we are not in this life alone.  The Lord reassures us numerous times that He is with us – steadfast and true, He is there.  One of my favorite songs right now includes these precious words:
“I know who goes before me.
I know who stands behind.
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.”
All I can say is – Amen!  

God bless, Steve Luke 18:1 E-mail me at

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

What’s On Your List? (Trina Cornell)

Tonight's offering is once again from the pen of Trina Age Cornell! Prayers for my mission in Vietnam, please!
One of the "new things" circulating these days involves the creation of a bucket list.  I am intrigued by the concept and have often thought about the items I would put on mine.  Some of my items would include:
Take a tour of Europe.
Return to Vina del Mar, Chile.
Visit every state in the United States
A bucket list is a compilation of our dreams - things we hope to do, see, or accomplish in the future.  They are a list of personal goals we would like to achieve - it requires a bit of out of the box thinking, a pinch of faith, and a great deal of determination to make these things happen.
I find it interesting that people make these lists - and that is it.  The list is there, but no action is taken.  I understand this could be for a myriad of reasons, but a lot of times, our lists turn into wishful thinking - and never pan out.  To make the happen, it takes perseverance, courage, and faith.  With these three in place, you would be unstoppable! 
Today is the day that the Lord has made - I will rejoice and be glad in it.  Each new day is a gift - a blessing - a new opportunity - a chance to serve.  The Lord tells us that our day are numbered - we do not know when we will meet with the end of our lives.  James 4:14 says that our lives are but a mist that is here for a short time, then disappear.  Our time on this earth is short - it is what we do with our time that matters.  I strive each and every day to live my life in service to the Lord, following His commands and serving others.  This is definitely tops on my bucket list - and always will be.

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