Welcome to Highly Favored!

Here you will find Christian inspirational posts, words of encouragement, and tips that will help you strengthen your faith. This blog is devoted to helping you deepen your relationship with God in new, yet practical ways.

You don’t have to be a Christian to enjoy this site. You are still welcomed here, although I encourage you to read The Good News to find out about the benefits you may be missing. [Continue reading]

Are you too Comfortable?

It’s in our nature to want to be comfortable.  We like to adjust our thermostats so that the inside of our homes remain at a stable 75 degrees. We fill our beds with pillows to guarantee a good night’s sleep. Keeping comfy is tied to our … [Continue reading]

You are Capable of More than You Know

Over the years as a teacher and college instructor, I've learned that the biggest roadblock when it comes to learning is not the material.  It's not how difficult the content is or how confusing a concept might be - it's the student's lack of … [Continue reading]

Your Purpose: How Do You Know for Sure?

There have been times in my life when I’ve felt lost about my purpose.  What exactly was the point of my existence?  I used to ask myself. It just seemed like I was living from day to day and wasn’t making a lot of difference in anyone’s life.  I … [Continue reading]

How Do You Know When Your Toil is Getting You Nowhere

There are many times in my life that I have entered into bouts of toil that left me completely depleted and exhausted – yet no matter how hard I worked, nothing changed.  I’d go to bed at night and wake up just to toil all over again. … [Continue reading]

Dry Bones Can Come Back to Life

When it seemed that my entire life was collapsing several years ago, it really made me examine myself and my life. At the time, it seemed that I was cursed – I hated my stressful job, my finances were a wreck, my marriage was falling apart and my … [Continue reading]

Yes, I’m Still Here…

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I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since I’ve been able to publish a new post here at this blog. It still amazes me that people are still visiting and leaving me beautiful comments. This lets me know that what they’ve found here does, indeed, … [Continue reading]

Ripen Your Fruit of the Spirit and Be a Blessing

Fruit of the Spirit?  What is that? But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the … [Continue reading]

Be a Blessing: 77 Ways to Bless Others

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It's taken a few years, but it's finally ready for you! Be a Blessing: 77 Ways to Bless Others is set to be released Tuesday, July 5, 2011. So what's this book about? … [Continue reading]

Have you been building without a blueprint?

So often we look around at other people's mansions; at their wealth and success and then wonder why we've been sentenced to live in substandard conditions. We trick ourselves into believing that it's because we're just unlucky, without ever … [Continue reading]

Finding the Right Balance Between Work and Play

Over the weekend, I finally got out and got a chance to enjoy some of this beautiful 70 degree South Carolina weather. My family and I went down to the lake and watched the boats launch as the sun glittered the water.  As we drove back home, I got … [Continue reading]

If you’re not at the bridge yet, stop trying to cross it

When I was a kid, I can remember hearing people say, "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it - for now, we'll just focus on x, y, and z..." I usually heard those phrases whenever my parents or other adults were trying to work out an issue or a … [Continue reading]