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Two of John Ed's grandons, who have learned about coping well.

COPING-20 with COVID-19

Posted on April 15

COPING-20 WITH COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic caught us all by surprise. It has interrupted our normal lifestyles. Six weeks ago, I was preparing to speak at several churches, a coaches conference, a pastors’ conference, and I was planning to celebrate the graduation exercises of 2 of my grandsons. All of that has changed. How do you deal with a pandemic? We all do something to cope with it. We must be careful about how we choose to cope because our... more »

Posted in Inspirational

Uncertainty reigns, but we should all Stay Home, Stay Safe (four words spelled out with Scrabble tiles).

Uncertainty

Posted on April 8

UNCERTAINTY Uncertainty – that’s one of the things causing havoc in our world today. The stock market is going up and down, and experts say it’s because of uncertainty. We don’t know how long businesses should be shut down because of uncertainty. Students don’t know when school will resume because of – uncertainty. Churches don’t know when we can resume in-person worship because of – uncertainty. We don’t know when the “curve will be flattened” and the containment of... more »

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Fog over mountains.

Living in the Fog

Posted on April 1

LIVING IN THE FOG During this time of self-induced or mandated quarantine, we are looking for ways to spend our time. Many people are telling me that they have more time to worry. And they are worrying more! Worry can be debilitating. It’s like walking on a treadmill – you expend a lot of energy, but you never go anywhere. Worry never eliminates tomorrow of its sorrows – it only zaps today of its strength. The great philosopher Linus said,... more »

Posted in Inspirational

Woman praying.

An Old and a New Vaccine

Posted on March 25

AN OLD AND A NEW VACCINE Worry and anxiety are two of the biggest emotions we face at this point in history. For the past eight years, prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Google search rates for anxiety have more than doubled every year. The YouVersion Bible app has over 415 million users. The most popular Bible verse searched is Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything…”   Jesus addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34. While we are working... more »

Posted in Inspirational

A picture of a sign showing the slogan "Start Today," used to illustrate John Ed Mathison's blog "Today is the Day!"

Today is the Day!

Posted on October 23

When we get up every morning we have two choices. We can either look back at yesterday or we can look forward to the day in front of us. Yesterday might have been either good or bad, but it shouldn't ever determine what's going to happen today. If it was bad, quit looking at it. If it was good, don't let it get to your head.

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