The Weekly Babble

Welcoming Change

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 10:50

God has blessed the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex with a beautiful Spring this year.  We have enjoyed moderate temperatures for several weeks.  I would love for the weather to stay like this all year long, but we all know that will not happen.  The hot weather is coming.  We know summer is coming and we know it is going to be hot.  In this area the question is not, “Will we hit 100?”  It’s, “How many days over 100 will we have?”  It does get hot in Texas, but it is not all year long.  We have seasons, but the summer stands out.  However, it too will come and go.  We will change seasons. 

It's Mother's Day Again

Submitted by Chris Conly on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:45

Do you have trouble expressing your appreciation on Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day, or birthdays, or any other holiday where appreciative acknowledgement is expected?  I do.  I don’t like that I struggle a bit, but I do.  When these days role around each year and the struggle begins, I want to blame the greeting card industry for my uneasiness.  I understand a company wanting to raise revenue, but why do they have to prey on my emotions?  I do not need a business telling me I need to tell my mom I love her and appreciate her. 

Because I am Rebellious

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:37

“I have so many things to get done I don’t know where to start.”  I have spoken these words before and I do not like the feeling that comes along with them.  When I have several things to accomplish and a limited time frame, I need a plan to keep me from feeling overwhelmed.  I am not one of those people that can go to bed, knowing I have a full plate tomorrow, and wake up without a clue of what I will start on first.  I have done it, so I guess I can, but I certainly do not like it.  I wake up feeling like I am already behind.  Then I am upset with myself because I did not plan properly. 

When Confession is Hard

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:05

They say it is hard to admit when we are wrong.  How about you, would you say they are right, whoever “they” are?  It is hard to admit when we are wrong, or have done something wrong, or have wronged another person.  No one desires to be wrong, but admitting it is not always difficult.  The level of difficulty depends on two factors; the severity of the wrong committed, and who is involved.  When I make a wrong turn while driving and no one else is in the car, I get a bit of enjoyment admitting my mistake to myself.  I really don’t mind pointing out my lack of directional sense to myself. 

Packing for a Move

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:14

Packing to move a whole house is not fun.  Neither is packing to go on vacation or a camping trip, or even packing a lunch, but these packing jobs are not as laborious and the rewards are sooner enjoyed.  What is there to look forward to when packing a whole house?  Oh yeah, unpacking a whole house.  What a motivator!  Packing isn’t the only thing that takes a lot of time and seems like more work is put in than enjoyment is given out.  We often hear similar comments about our jobs, “What they are paying is not worth what they are asking me to do.”  Sound familiar?  Cooking a meal is definit

A Non-Stop Wrestling Match

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 04/17/2019 - 05:35

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”  This quote comes from the apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (6:12).  Reading the verse, a couple things stand out.  One, we are engaged in some type of wrestling match, or battle, or struggle, whatever works best for you.  Two, our opposition is always the same, while at the same time, not the type of foe we might think.  Let us take a look at these two things Paul is brin

Sleep, What a Blessing.

Submitted by Chris Conly on Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:48

It has been a long day filled with errands, work and other various activities.  You have accomplished everything on your long “To Do” list.  A warm delicious dinner is waiting for you, and it is not too late in the evening for you to still enjoy your favorite TV show.  Not only does this sound like a great evening, but you have nothing on the schedule for tomorrow morning.  What a perfect setting and situation for ­­­_______ (can you fill in the blank?)  A good night’s sleep.  You can almost feel it right now, can’t you?  We all love a good night’s sleep.  We look forward to it when evening

Women Armored for Battle

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 04/02/2019 - 07:56

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  These are words of warning from the apostle Paul.  The devil is the enemy of anything righteous.  Not only will he never bow to God’s authority, he will not rest as long as there is even one person praising God.  Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, that the devil is also our adversary and we must remain sober and vigilant because the devil roams about watching for an opportunity to devour us.

A Father - Son Bond

Submitted by Chris Conly on Wed, 03/27/2019 - 09:16

Being a Dad comes with a lot of responsibilities.  Who cares?  Being a Dad is great.  How else can a man elevate to Superhero status faster than becoming a dad?  Did you know that how a child views the world and what he believes about God, begins with Dad?  Moms, I am not discounting your role in your children’s lives.  Together, parents establish the trajectory for the lives of their children.  But the influence each parent injects is not the same.  What a child needs from a father is different from what is needed of a mother.  Parents are meant to be baby making, child rearing, God teachi

Agreeable Exchanges

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:55

Thinking about owning a new home is exciting.  The process that is necessary to obtain a new house, not so thrilling.  We make purchases almost every day.  Most of these purchases take place with very little thought or time spent.  Gasoline, food, personal care items, things we need on a daily basis, when we run out or get low we replenish.  We know what we need and where to get it so we just do it.  We make the purchase with little effort or time spent.  That is our economy, the production and exchange of goods and services.  I need or want something you have.  You need or want something I