Archive for September 14, 2008

New Strength   Leave a comment

I recently started a completely new morning routine.  Mind you, I have never been, am not, and cannot fathom ever being a “morning person.”  I have daily arguments with my alarm clock but continue to give thanks to god Himself for whoever invented the snooze alarm and installed it on mine!

So when I say that I now wake up at 5 every morning, please understand just how much of a real chore this is for me.  I am not seeking accolades in any way, but I do want to share with you the benefits I am receiving from this new routine. Read the rest of this entry »

Look, Ma, I’m Rich!   Leave a comment

Ah, yes, the words I have dreamed of one day uttering myself.  After all, isn’t success measured in dollars?

I have quite the dream list for all the money that I’ll one day possess.  You’d be amazed at what my new house will look like, complete with all the frills that we modern people so desperately need.  My cars will be roomy and comfortable, my pets well groomed, my family in designer clothes, my wife in exquisite jewelry, my bank account overflowing.

While I’m dreaming like this, do you suppose it wise that I go ahead and count on perfectly straight and pearly white teeth, the return of hair on the top of my head and a trim, slim physique?  I might as well because precisely none of the above are in my foreseeable future! Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle

A Good Book   Leave a comment

As I write this, I’ve been busy perusing my bookshelves.  You see, I’m going on vacation for a few days and want to focus on anything but work.  Vacation is supposed to be like that, you know.  Often, I take work with me anyway.  After all, we workaholics can never truly leave work and the family has to sleep sometime while we’re gone!

Thankfully, I’m learning my lesson, albeit slowly. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Bible

Impact   Leave a comment

Being on a mission trip is always an incredibly invigorating adventure.  Having been on several now, I want to share with you some of the thoughts I’ve accumulated, especially from the trip just ended with our church youth group.

I have yet to experience a mission endeavor that doesn’t involve some type of difficult work.  Be it physical labor, seemingly endless preparation and delivery of messages, or even walking in unfamiliar territory to survey damage or assess the needs of a given community, the labor is never easy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle, Mission, Service

Focus   Leave a comment

The hymn says, “…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim…”

What is your main focus in life?  If it is not drawing nearer to the Lord, let me suggest that you may be missing the mark, even if only by a little. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God, Family, God's Will, Service