The “If” Factor

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a mentoring minute, I want to ask you, “What if?” You are probably thinking, “What if what? (more…)

The God Who Whispers

Recently, I came across a movie on TV called “Finding Normal.” I only saw a few seconds of it before I changed the channel. However, in those few seconds, I heard one of the actors say,  “Most people are looking for a God who shouts instead of one who whispers.” That caught my attention and I thought of Elijah hiding from Ahab in a cave (1 Kings 19). 1 Kings 19:11b-12 (NKJV) says, “…And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; {12} and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” Psalm 46:10a (NKJV) says, “Be still, and know that I am God;”

We all have varying degrees of difficulty hearing or recognizing God’s voice. Perhaps it’s because we don’t put enough effort into listening. Instead, we expect Him to speak with a voice of thunder, as He has been known to do in the Bible. Perhaps much of the time He just wants to have our complete attention so He can whisper to us. I’m Dr. Bob. Many of our richest times come when we quietly wait on the Lord. These become fertile ground in which to hear from Him. Will you “Be still,” listen quietly, and know His voice? It may come as a peaceful, quiet sound, just for you.

Man Overboard!

I’m Dr. Bob, and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to call your attention to a biblical case of “man overboard.” Of course, I am referring to Peter. (more…)

Go Where Anything is Possible

I’m Dr. Bob and for just a Mentoring Minute, I want to ask if you are headed in the right direction? Or, are you going where only disappointment and discouragement await you, perhaps even failure? When you look ahead, do you see yourself headed for mediocrity and fruitlessness? Well, why don’t you pick a new direction and walk into your destiny. Go where anything is possible. (more…)

Getting Wet is Part of Life.

My wife, Nancy and I were driving down the highway in a rainstorm. Nancy pointed to a large white bird, sitting on a branch in a tree near the side of the road. It was clearly very wet, being completely exposed to the downpour. We talked about how getting rained on is not only part of the bird’s life, but ours too. We all have our share of difficult days. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:45 (NKJV), that our heavenly Father “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

The Lord’s words reminded me that, like the white bird in the rain, we all experience times of obvious discomfort. Even the majestic eagle has its times experiencing a downpour. The eagle often chooses to launch out and soar above it, riding the currents and enjoying the warmth of the sun. We can be like the eagle, choosing to soar above our problems and feeling the warmth of the presence of the Son. If you’re experiencing problems and feeling down, take to heart Isaiah’s words. In Isaiah 40:31, he wrote, “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” I’m Dr. Bob. God has given us the ability, like the eagles, to soar with God-given strength above the storms of our lives. Will you fly like an eagle or stay stuck in the storms of life without flying above them by faith?

Getting Wet is Part of Life

Who or What’s in Control?

Consider this thought: “You can control your attitudes or your attitudes can control you.” Controlling your attitudes is a proven principle for success. Have you ever watched how children typically interact with each other? (more…)