Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wow! Have you ever been in a jam? A picture is worth a thousand words. Well, all of us have, and it's in those times that opportunities arise. Our ability to overcome circumstances depends on what we put inside of our heart. Put God's Word on the inside of you and He will fight your battles for you. He will give you strength to stand against the wiles of the enemy! God is for you not against you!
Oh, by the way, the horse, Gracie, is fine. Praise the Lord for *grace!* (I know cheesy joke-but I couldn't resist!)
For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows grace and favor and glory! No good thing will He uphold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Do you know what the butterfly said to the caterpillar? "Before you can fly you gotta shake off this cocoon!" You must release the past so that you can create new beginnings! None of us drive a car worried about what lies ahead, we drive focused on what is in front of us-that is-if we want to get to our destination safely.
Focus on today. Be present in your life and in the life of those around you. The past is over; let it go. Forgive those who have hurt you and forgive yourself for hurting others. Forgiveness is a choice not a feeling. Forgiving allows you to receive the joy of the Lord, but it's your choice. Have you ever seen a butterfly that was trying to get back into it's cocoon? No, they flit and fly about as if they never were a caterpillar that crawled on it's belly. Butterfly's declare, "Baby, look at me now-it's time to fly!"
God paints a sunrise for you every morning as a testament to His faithfulness. Enjoy your new beginning today!
Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.-Lamentations 3:22-23
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Hello! Well, it's been about a month since my last post-oops! Yes, I was busy with with Christmas obligations that I had. Our Christmas play at church was great! We had souls saved and brought hope to many. I hope your Christmas was special, but most especially, I hope you have Jesus-He is the best gift of all.
And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. Luke 1:35
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The following is an excerpt from a Pastor named Tom Sims. It is rather lengthy, but I wanted to share it, as I was blessed after reading it.
Lessons from a Penny-By Tom Sims
1. It is round. I am not sure what the significance of that is except that we tend to make our coins round in this country. I could make more of it, but I am focusing on the obvious.
I do need to be more well rounded in my life.
It reminds us that we as a people, for the most part, trust in God - or like to tell people that we do. This, the smallest of coins, calls me to the greatest of faith.
As Kipling said of his nation, puffed up with power:
"If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe--
Such boasting as the Gentiles use
Or lesser breeds without the law--
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!"
It tells us that we as a people value liberty.
At the heart of our national love of liberty is a free enterprise system.
How sad, that we are tempted to sacrifice liberty for expediency and safety. Inconvenience for the greater good is expected. To accept long lines for the well being of all is a virtue. However, we must be vigilant to guard our freedom and remember the words of Patrick Henry, proclaimed in my own hometown of Richmond,
"I know not what course the others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."
Men and women have been willing to die for it and have died for it. let us never take it lightly.
As you build your own businesses, you are also fighting for freedom.
The penny reminds us of the nobility of character of a man like Abraham Lincoln who failed many times on his road to success, but kept getting up again until he, the most unlikely of candidates came to the place of leadership where he would steer this nation through one of its greatest crises.
Whitman called him, "Oh Captain, my Captain ... fallen cold and dead."
His legacy tells us that greatness can come from humble beginnings and that great trials, both internal torment and circumstantial heartache can fashion great people.
And Lincoln on the coin reminds me to never take myself too seriously. He could laugh and make others laugh.
"A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine." - Proverbs 15:13
What could be more humble and insignificant than a tiny penny? yet it is intricate and beautiful and pennies accumulate. Some people do not value small things, but have you ever been just a penny short?
"Do not despise the day of small beginnings." (Zechariah 4:10)
Everything magnificent starts off small.
In certain markets, a once cent fluctuation can make a huge difference in the economy.
On the back of the penny is spelled out, "One Cent." That means it is one part of one hundred cents that add up to a dollar.
Everything is a part of something else. You are a part of something greater than yourself. We are made for community and collaboration. It is American and it is universal.
Every cent counts. Believe me, they count them at the bank.
If you keep your penny, you will never be broke - not flat broke anyway.
Ben Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned."
The Lincoln Memorial is on the back and I remember the words of a speech I learned as youngster that are inscribed there: The Gettysburg Address. My great grandfather was there at Gettysburg where so many died, that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" would not perish from the earth.
Out nation was founded, as Lincoln said, "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
It took a civil war to solidify that idea and prepare the way for it to be institutionalized at the next level where slavery simply could not be tolerated.
There is slavery in the world today and we cannot tolerate it.
There are indignities and cruelties perpetrated on men, women, and children made in the image of God. My little penny tells me that I must care and I must do what I can to stop it and help make the world a better place for all humanity.
My great grandfather was fighting on the wrong side of that tragic war, but Lincoln's legacy and the resilience of the American ideal healed the nation and we are one people once more with one currency and one great dream.
Lincoln was prepared to forgive the South and treat her people generously. While those who came to power after his death were not as open handed as him, they did bring the nation together again.
This penny reminds me that there are stronger things than our many differences, that America is greater than her partisan politics, and that we can heal if we focus on what we share in common.
We are diverse and in that diversity is our strength because it forces us to focus on what is truly at the core of our nation's identity. We unify, not around peripheral concerns, but around core values. The message on the penny brings us back to what the great American experiment in representative government and self-determination was and is all about.
That penny represents opportunity and everyone has an opportunity for success. You can play the game and win.
And we will need some of your pennies for the common good. You know that; April 15 is much to recent.
"E Pluribus Unum," it declares, out of many, one.
These are the words from our national seal of which it has been said,
"The center section of their shield has six symbols for "the Countries from which these States have been peopled:" the rose (England), thistle (Scotland), harp (Ireland), fleur-de-lis (France), lion (Holland), and an imperial two-headed eagle (Germany)."
We come from so many backgrounds, cultures, languages, nations, and families. We are also representative of many regions of this country with varying customs, dialects, and histories. Yet, we are one people, one nation under God.
The penny was once made of copper and now of a mixture of metals that mean nothing to me except that I find the penny to be the most beautiful and appealing of coins because of its bronze color.
It is still one cent, no matter what it is made of.
Emblazoned across the top of the second side of the coin, we read, "Untitled States of America."
We are states with powers that are sovereign in their spheres.
We are united so that we surrender some of those powers for the sake of the whole and for the possibility of interstate commerce.
here we are on the Internet because people can do together what no one can do alone.
If you are in a home based business, it is likely that you are in that business "for yourself, but not by yourself."
We are "of America" which means that a guy named Americo Vespucci did a very good job of creating a map of a new and largely unexplored continent and that our forefathers put aside their fears and apprehensions to come and explore it.
We are still explorers charting new courses and embarking on adventures into the realm of success and significance.
I can look at this penny and know when it was minted - 1978, and where - Denver.
I know where I was in 1978, finishing up my 6th year of college, married since 1975, pastoring two small churches in western Virginia, and still swelling with pride in America in the afterglow of the Bicentennial celebration of 1976. In fact, cyclists were still stopping at our little church along the Bicentennial Trail to rest and refresh themselves.
It was a great time in our nation's history.
In 1978, I was preparing to come to California in 1979, but I did not know it at the time. I would move from one coast of this nation to the next and I would need every penny I could find and that God's people would generously bestow upon me to make it.
Here, at the Western edge of our Continent, I have planted my life and ministry and worked on my American Dream alongside my wife of nearly 32 years. We have raised two sons and are helping to raise two wonderful grandsons.
We try to teach them the value of a penny, to earn it honestly, invest it wisely, give it generously, save it judiciously, and spend it frugally. My wife is better at that than me.
I have only been to the airport in Denver, but I know there is a Mint there and my penny came into its present form there and was disbursed from there.
I don't know where it went from there, how many times it has crossed this land, whether or not it has traveled overseas, how many people have lost it and how many have found it.
It has traveled, as have you and your ancestors. Now you are here and the choices you make from this moment forward will determine where you are going.
This penny has been in many pockets, heard many stories, perhaps even been carried into battle. It has used for good and most likely, for evil. It has years of usefulness left as well.
It is faded, so it has not been pampered.
Oh the stories it could tell.
Oh the stories you can tell.
I told you, I had nothing to write about.
It is a good thing someone left a penny on my desk.
If I can get all of that out of the tiniest coin in our economy ... and I could go on much longer, how do you say that you have no story to tell?
You are a person of great experiential wealth and intricately interwoven complexity. You have a fascinating past and a wonderfully mysterious future.
Tell your story; fight for your liberty; be all that you were made to be.
Live well.All the best to you. You are truly a center of influence. God bless you today and always.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Pastor Billy Joe Daugherty was the senior pastor at Victory Christian Center in Tulsa, OK. He went home to be with the Lord this morning, after battling cancer. It hurts my heart so much. I came back to the Lord through his ministry.
Pastor Billy Joe was the real deal; a humble servant of God. The impact of his ministry on this world is tremendous.
I pray that the peace of God would flood his family and his church. I am thankful that I heard God's Word preached by him and worked under his ministry. I know when he stepped into glory he heard God say to him "Well done thou good and faithful servant".
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Start training your spirit man like the movie character, Rocky, trained his body. He trained early in the morning, he inspired others to join him, and he was determined to finish his race. You are well able to do it!
Friday, November 20, 2009
TGIF! It's going to be a great day! I can smell the coffee brewing in my kitchen along with the scent of my morning toast (yum!). Looking forward to a day with favor and surprises! I never know what tomorrow may hold, but I know who holds my tomorrows! Have a great weekend everyone!
And who of you being worried can add a single hour to his life? Mat. 6:37
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
God's Word says that according to your faith be it unto you (Mat. 8:5). Speaking words of faith is speaking God's Word. There is power in His Word. The bible says even demons believe and tremble.
You can rise up and walk in wholeness; nothing missing, nothing broken. You can rise up and walk with assurance that your sins are forgiven. You have the same spirit that Christ raised from the dead living on the inside of you!
You can no longer live in condemnation and sickness if you belong to Jesus. Christ came to save you from all that. The enemy has been defeated. Let's rejoice!!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
God loves you. I tell that to myself everyday; over and over again. I renew my mind with those words. You are loved by the creator of the universe. The One who hung the moon and the stars. No matter what circumstances you face look to God. Look at the One who is bigger than you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. God loves you.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Point to yourself and say this out loud:
"I'm somewhere in the future and I look even better than I do now! God loves me! I trust in you Lord."
For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
God loves you with an everlasting love! He knows the number of hairs on your head (and the one's you lost-ha! :) He knows your name, your address, and your age. He knows your strengths, your weaknesses, your desires and your motives. He loves you regardless of circumstances and His love for you will never change. He knows what you have need of before you even ask it (have you sought Him today?). You are His child and He is a good Father!
Casting the whole of all your care on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hello! Okay, I have a love/hate relationship with an elliptical machine at my gym. I get on it and truly despise the first 15 minutes of my workout. It's pure evil I tell you (ha! ha!)
As I slowly start to run, my mind wanders as to what else I could be doing. I could be getting more sleep, working, driving home, something other than the dreaded elliptical.
Somewhere 15 minutes into the workout a shift in my thinking happens. I start to sweat and I have ran a mile. So I say to myself, "15 more minutes and I'm done, keep going; you can do it." Then about 2 minutes later I'm telling myself, "are you kidding, just quit, go home."
But I am motivated. I will stay on that evil elliptical machine and git-r-done. At about minute 23 I'm covered in sweat and still have 7 more minutes to go. I'm more than halfway done and it's all down hill from there. "Keep going, keep going," I tell myself.
Then I hear the sound of what sounds like the angels singing, *beeeeeeep*. The elliptical goes into cool down mode, and the workout is over. Well at least for the elliptical machine. I still have to do the treadmill and the stationery bike, but we all like each other.
I did another 5 miles today. Yeah! Although, after I made it home, a little girl in my neighborhood came to my door selling chocolate. I bought 2-caramel chocolate bars. Oh well, it's for the *children*! Lol!
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings of eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Monday, October 19, 2009
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I love Snoopy! Have y'all been raking leaves yet? The bright side is it's good exercise. I stayed up late watching The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I *love* old movies. It's a great rainy weather type movie. I ran 5 miles Monday evening. I think I'll take today off, but tomorrow I'll be back at it.
I am totally loving this blog. I haven't figured out all the gadgets yet, but I'll get there. Well, ciao for now!
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5-6
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's another chilly day here in Oklahoma. My days go by sooo fast. I do paperwork for uncontested court pleadings (divorce mostly) so I'm sure you can just guess what my Monday mornings are like! Lol!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Thanks Susan for joining my blog! She has a fabulous blog and the retro wedding pic of Mickey and her is sooo precious! It's a rather chilly October night here in Oklahoma. I think I will read a little before retiring and make me familia some hot chocolate. Yum!
It's Sunday, and the weather outside is gray, chilly, and yeah good sleeping weather. Raymond and I went to Wagoner, OK yesterday and watched Jenna perform in her play for district competition. She was awarded 2nd best actor of the entire competition. She is so gifted and talented. Her portrayal of a young girl in an abusive relationship was intense. I wanted to go and mama-slam the young man who portrayed the abuser, (hey that's my baby!), but it's "just acting mom" as Jenna would say.
Later we drove to Chouteau, OK, and had dinner at the Dutch Pantry. It's an Amish Restaurant, and the food was delish! However, it's been years since I've eaten there, and the decor is sadly in need of updating. The curtains looked faded, and the walls definitely needed a fresh coat of paint (just sayin). I had the chicken and noodles and Raymond had 2 plates of everything (including dessert). Pops can't pass up a buffet. God love em'. Well I'm off to clean la casa and to get ready for the work day tomorrow. Mondays are always *interesting*!