Joy comes in the morning

Renee, Sister Dodie, and Terry
Renee, Sister Dodie, and Terry

I’ve been bursting to share this happy news with my blog readers. My father-in-law, Terry Mize, has married a precious woman of God and I am thrilled for them.

Renee Garner is a woman of great faith and a teacher of the Word at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Sister Dodie Osteen, along with Paul Osteen and Lisa Osteen Comes jointly performed the marriage ceremony. They all wanted to be a part of it. It was short and sweet… just my kind of wedding.

Renee lost her husband of over 40 years two years ago, and as you know, my precious mother-in-law, Jackie, went to be with Jesus a year ago. So it makes perfect sense that the two left behind, who happen to be lifelong friends anyway, would get hitched.

The Bible says that weeping may endure for a time, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) We’ve got joy this morning.

God is a faithful God and it tickles me to see the happiness and energy that these two are bringing each other. Lynn and I are honored to stand next to them in ministry and we are excited about the future of Mize Ministries. God’s got good things in store so stay tuned!

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Tough love

Love is the principal thingNo one wants to read the love chapter. It’s not fun. It’s not warm and fuzzy. It’s really hard. And if you read it closely, line by line, it’s even harder. So here’s your opportunity to read it… with me… and let’s feel how difficult this is, together.

Love is patient and kind.

Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

It does not demand its own way.

It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged

It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

That’s 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT). And it’s not even the whole chapter… just six lines. Talk about tough love… geez.

Love, forgive, move on. I’m working on it.

Shifting shadows

Shifting shadowsThere is change on the wind. I pulled out a sweatshirt this morning and huddled under a throw blanket while sipping my morning brew. I have embraced the reality of truly needing reading glasses in order to see my phone, especially first thing in the morning. These are new things. Summer is coming to a close and fall is inching closer. Sure, we’ll still reach 100 degrees another time or two before it’s gone for good, but we’re almost there. And you know what? I like it. Actually, I love it.

I love change, I totally embrace it. It’s invigorating. It does not rock me because no matter what changes all around me, I know that my God doesn’t.

Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NLT)

He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

What exactly is a shifting shadow? I had to really think about that. What I came up with is a picture in my mind of a tree. The sun is shining from one side of the sky, creating a shadow on the ground. Now fast forward several hours and the sun is in a different place in the sky, and now, so is the shadow. That’s a shifting shadow. It moves with the passing of time. The tree looks different in the changing light. The ground underneath looks different in the changing light. The shadow will move all around throughout the earth’s rotation, and things will look different at different times of the day. Things will be different. That’s life, but not God.

God doesn’t rotate. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.

You have a new job? Same God.

New home? Same God.

How about this one… a new normal? Same God!

Isn’t that a comfort?

New environment, same God.

Whatever new challenge you’re facing, whatever life-change you’re dealing with, God is the same God that has always been there for you, with you, and in you. He does not change, and He will not leave. He is not a man that He can lie. He is trustworthy and steady and faithful. You can trust Him.