Refining Life, on Purpose

Now What? New Look, New Book, Wide Open Outlook

As of this morning, there is an outstanding new look here at 1Glories. It’s a long, long time coming and I hope you like it as much as I do. It lays the foundation for a lot of new things that will be happening in the next several weeks and months. Before I detail what’s ahead, I have to give a much-deserved shout out to Jeff Goins. Like me, Jeff sought high and low for the right WordPress theme for his blog. One that was simple yet sophisticated enough to give passionate writers the ability to do their thing and better engage […]

Site Maintenance this Weekend

This weekend, there will be some site maintenance in preparation for new branding and the launch of the 1Glories initiative. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience.

Poetry: Battlelines

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.” ~2 Chronicles 20:17 In my every view, there’s battle on the horizon. Sometimes I want to flee, an’ other times, join the other side, simply ’cause it’s easier. May I be ever steadfast in you O’ Lord! Renew me and purge my bitter pride. Lead me to a passive place where […]

Poetry: On the Other Side

For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:4 I’m currently leading a study of 2 Corinthians. Last week, while studying Chapter 5, we began to discuss the tendency of hearts to become fixated on longings of this world and not our treasures stored up in Heaven. Though we know they are foolish longings, our fallen nature is to be cognizant of unbelievers who seemingly “have it all” despite missing […]

Affirmation: My Personal “Resolutions” for 2013

I have written four posts here at 1Glories that specifically relate to how I do New Year’s Resolutions. I encourage you to read the first three here (part 1), here (part2) and here (part3) because you probably would not realize the full impact of the what follows. But, if you don’t want to read through them, no worries, I think (and pray) it will be of at least some inspiration. After another year of pursuing a better me, and praying that better me is truly guided by God and not my egocentric ambitions, I have developed my 2013 Personal Affirmations. […]

Affirmation: Building Upon the Past

affirmation: 1. the act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; 2. a statement of the existence or truth of something; assertion If you want to make a change in your life – do it. Don’t wait for a man-made calendar holiday that is commercialized. In 2011, I made my first list of “Affirmations”. They became the theme for which I will attempt to better myself, my life and the lives of others. They represented the change I felt needed to occur and were desired by God inside of me that year. Focus your eyes. Free your mind. Color […]

Affirmations: Live Extraordinarily

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. ~ Philippians 3:12 ESV In issue number 60 of Relevant Magazine, there is a nice little write up called, “10 Ways to an Extraordinary Life: Bob Goff’s Field Notes from a Life Well-Lived.” I really enjoyed reading this the first time and each time I’ve perused it thereafter. His advice ranges from the simple, “Don’t Let Anyone Go to Voicemail” to the peculiar “Be Incredibly Inefficient at Love” to the life changing “Take the Next […]

Affirmations: A Better take on New Year’s Resolutions

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed ~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 If you had told the 13 year-old me that the 30-something me would be sitting in a 4-season room next a cozy fire and listening to Christian music the day after Christmas while tapping out a blog post on a Kindle, he’d first ask what a blog and Kindle are. When you told him he’d be living in a home that is in a neighborhood he once resented, that he’d be enjoying […]

Advent 2012: Santa, Gifts and Giving Year ‘Round

Dear Santa, Sorry I didn’t write to you last year. I almost didn’t do it this year either, but I just felt compelled to do so. Every now and then, there are revelations that become a muse of sorts, and I just experienced the culmination of several elements into just such a must. Let me tell you about it. I suppose it started when I began doing this Advent devotional from Desiring God. It’s been very much about the supremacy of Christ and the significance of His coming to Earth. It truly is more than just a story. It’s a […]

Joy! Unto the World

Joy grows up thinking that she had no real joy in her life. Through a change in her heart, joy is revealed to her as she learns to both be joy and bring joy to others. Along the way, she shares lessons from John and Romans. Download Joy! Unto the World now. If you enjoy it and/or feel the title would be well received by others, tweet it (use the hashtag #1gjoy), share on Facebook or email it directly to them [hint: use the share buttons below for easy sharing]. Featured Scriptures: John 15:11 ESV – These things I have spoken to […]