Inspired and Thankful

Some time ago, I met a man. He was a simple man, but very wise.By some strange situation I ended up sitting next to him in Church. And as I sat there he said to me, “since you are sitting in my seat, you must sing as I do”. I was young, and really didn’t sing, and let alone during the congregational singing. (that was for the adults)

Well i watched him as the songs were sung that night. And at one point I was amazed. His face lit up, his eyes seem to shine. There was a smile, and joy like I never really knew.  That inspiration has stayed with me my entire life. When I sing in Church some say, I sing so loud, yet I don’t feel I sing loud enough to match the passion with which he sung that night.

Brother Luis Montalvo showed me that our Love for God is expressed from our hearts through the little things we share. So it’s hard sometimes to not want to sing like I’m screaming from the top of a mountain, when this song is sung.

He gave this song new meaning, at least in my life. May it’s words bring you some joy today as you read them.

 

 

O what a wonderful, wonderful day – day I will never forget;
After I’d wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend – He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God’s fam’ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary’s love, O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer – He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Now I’ve a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, there in those mansions sublime.
And it’s because of that wonderful day when at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal from His precious hand I received.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away –
And my night was turned to day –
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

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Anytime

Some folks in life always believe that there has too be a reason for someone else feeling bad. Someone feeling down, discouraged, or simply just not happy. We can wonder is it one thing buried so deep inside, that they themselves can’t find it. Is it the presence of someone, or for that matter the absence of someone.

I recently found myself is such a position. No one could really help me find the road out of that grove. The feeling of overwhelming sadness, impending doom. Lack of desire to even lift me head. They are just feelings that clouded my head, and heart that day. And sadly on some other days as well.

Having been raised a Christian I find myself asking that old realizable question like a child. WHY?

Sometime we must remember that our lives are a road to travel. And sometimes we come across things to make us stringers as the road takes turns. There is a road out west with a sign that reads clearly and in really big letters: LAST GAS FOR 100 MILES. Funny we have the warning, and almost without fail someone will be found out of gas somewhere in the middle.

Since just about 90% of all inspirational quotes come from the Bible. I looked hard to find a passage that might help me during this time. So here it is for you. No further explanation of its content. Just the words contained in the passage.

May you find whatever it may be that in your heart you may be searching for today.

Joshua 1:6-9
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

2017 Resolutions

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As the end of this year comes nearer, we all will stop and think about the past year. We will reflect on the ups, study the downs. We will plan to make things different in the coming year. Make the changes, big and small to help improve our positions in life in love, in business.

But as we get to this point I am reminded of the story that Matthew recounts in the following chapter. As it serves us all to look upon this and plan from here.

Matthew 14:28-31
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

Peter, planned to go out on the water.

With all his faith in the Lord God. But half way through it his focus changed. He could no longer see the prize, at the finish line. He left us a clear guideline for making resolutions. It’s actually quite simple.

If you want it to succeed, make sure God is the first part of your new journey. If God is with you there is nothing, or no one that can stand against you. You don’t have to believe me. Look for yourself at the world. So many want you to give up on God. So that way you can only truly blame yourself.

So as you start this new year. Give God a chance. Start your year with God front and center. That is one resolution that will make it, and you will make the finish line.

Christian growth in 2016

In this day, as we look at elections in the USA and problems all around the world. Sometimes we have to wonder if young men and women still can grow in faith, and Christian living.

I seem to find that it is ironically the thing that so many don’t want to do, which holds the key. We simply need to look back at the words that made others great.

As I strive to keep my own Christian life strong I was drawn to this section of this wonderful passage written by David, so many years ago. The question asked f a young man, tasked with the difficulty of not losing, and taking care of so many sheep. We only really need to care for one life, our own. So give this a re-look, cause might have read this long ago as well.

Maybe it brings you some comfort, or even helps you get back on the right track for your life!

Psalms 119:9-16

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word.

I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

Praise be to you, Lord;

teach me your decrees.

With my lips I recount

all the laws that come from your mouth.

I rejoice in following your statutes

as one rejoices in great riches.

I meditate on your precepts

and consider your ways.

I delight in your decrees;

I will not neglect your word.

America our flag

This is the flag that gets stepped on, and burned today. Yet it has so much life, so much meaning.  

On this celebration of 240 years, give a look and a salute.  It’s all the years of freedom that we share

Poem CategoriesContributor: SMSgt. Don S. Miller, USAF (Ret.)
My Name Is Old Glory country as flag

I am the flag of the United States of America

My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.

I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.

I fly majestically over great institutes of learning.

I stand guard with the greatest military power in the world.

Look up! And see me!
I stand for peace, honor, truth, and justice.

I stand for freedom.

I am confident . . . I am arrogant.

I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,

my head is a little higher,

my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one.

I am recognized all over the world.

I am worshipped.

I am saluted.

I am respected.

I am revered. I am loved.

And I am feared.
I have fought every battle of every war for more than 200 years…

Gettysburg, Shilo, Appomatox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,

the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy,

the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines,

the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea, Vietnam,

and a score of places long forgotten by all but those who were with me.
I was there!
I led my soldiers.

I followed them.

I watched over them…

They loved me.

I was on a small hill in Iwo Jima.

I was dirty, battle-worn and tired,

but my soldiers cheered me,

and I was proud.
I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries

I have helped set free.

It does not hurt . . . for I am invincible.

I have been soiled, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country,

and when it is by those with whom I have served in battle . . . it hurts. 

But I shall overcome . . . for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth

and stand watch over the uncharted new frontiers of space

from my vantage point on the moon.
I have been a silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.

But my finest hour comes

when I am torn into strips to be used for bandages

for my wounded comrades on the field of battle.

when I fly at half mast to honor my soldiers…

and when I lie in the trembling arms

of a grieving mother at the graveside of her fallen son.
I am proud.

My name is Old Glory
Dear God . . . Long may I wave!

INTERNET PRAYER CIRCLE

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In 1989 singer MC Hammer released a song titled, Pray. Whose words clearly called for us to pray, to life our voices up to God. Well over the past few years, at least here in the US, our government has tried to push us away from our prayer lives. Telling us that we are not a Christian country. Yet on a daily basis I read post on most social media sites where someone says, “can you pray for”.

Recently a friend of mine was in the hospital, and it just didn’t look real good. After about a week of people of different faiths, and different areas came together to pray. He made a turn for the better. He left the hospital alive.

GOD answers prayer!!

So here is my proposal. If you believe  in prayer, or you want some to pray for you, or anyone else.

Let’s start a internet prayer circle.

Simply place the name of the person in the comments section and let’s all pray one for the other.

I will carry you…

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For years I have read this poem, and always wonder of the words that read. “it was then that I carried you”

Always have wondered if I would ever really feel that carrying in my life, and realize it.

Well, today became one of those days when everything that you could think about was going bad.

My day started with a call about a friend, that is younger than me, who had a massive stroke and on life support. No

one could get any information, all we could do was pray.

I knew that I would have to do everything possible to find him, and find out more. But the barricades would be up

and working against me.

But with that in my mind and heart I head off too work. As I looked at the work load for the day, all I could think of

was just how horribly terrible this day was about to be. Too many things too go wrong.

And as you could expect, the other shoe dropped. Another phone call, this time another friend, mentor, Sunday

school teacher, father figure, and just happy person. Had gone home to be with the Lord.

My heart felt like if it had stopped cold. It couldn’t have been a year, that standing in the exact spot, I

got the notification that his wife had past.  And yet now I had to call other family and other friends and break

this news to them.

And some how finish my days work load.

Well it wasn’t till the time I made the last phone call, the last notification, that I realized. I did not have a single hangup,

at work. Everything went as planned, with no curve balls, no headaches.

I realized that God had taken total control!

WOW, I was carried during the time that I needed it most.

Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance!!

 Standing besides greatness

Standing besides greatness

Once you have worn a military uniform in this Country, there are certain things that just don’t seem the same as they do to lots of other people.

Take memorial day for instance. This morning the radio reminded everyone that this is official start of summer. Yea, that’s cool. But that was not the purpose of setting this day aside.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone really cares about men and women who dare to raise their right hand, and take an oath to protect this country. Or the men and women who hold the offices that control the flow of our military.

In this world where some many young people are taking fro granted the freedoms that they enjoy with each passing moment of each day. The ability to walk down the street safely.

Over the past few years our country has been under a siege of sorts. Not form an enemy from without, but one from within. The structure of our country is being attacked, and dismantled piece by piece. Our country was founded on the principles of the King James Bible. So well is it part of who we are that the US Marines still guide their lives by it. Second the the Marine Corp manual.  Yet so many want to do away with the idea of a God that loves us, and still cares for us.

Today as I attended the memorial celebrations at Camp Nelson Cemetery, in Nicholasville, KY. I noticed something really interesting.

As you know no matter what people always stand for the Star Spangled Banner. No one ever really needs to say “let us stand”. By the time the music plays everyone stands up. Well today a singer was called up to sing “God Bless America”  and what a job she did.

But in keeping in complete character the actor playing president Lincoln Stood up alone during the first two lines of that song. As folks sitting across from him noticed his posture. Everyone stood.

That is what a president is suppose to do, suppose to be like, and most of all live it. Presidents like Abe Lincoln valued their beliefs in this country and the things that made us strong, and who we are. Our roots are stained with blood shed to protect the right the Say thank you to God, and receive his blessings over this land, we call home. So Mr. Jim Sayre, Who played Lincoln today. I salute you. For reviving the spirit of a President that valued his troops, his people, his country, flag. And a God that has kept us blessed!

So I pray that as we stop to truly remember those who have served, fought, and died for the freedom we have, let’s Thank God for the blessing we still receive from him.

I read a story of a young boy, whose parents have actually taught him very well about what it cost. And what he did to pay honor to those that had fallen, brought me to tears. He stood for them that could no longer stand. Go ahead click on that link, and watch how when God protects, things happen. Standing for them!

Sacrifice of those

is Meaningless  for the rest of our lives

Without Remembrance!!

Watching two elephants’ reactions to “Bach Concerto” will absolutely fill your heart with joy

Wonderful to see that music can move not just people. But in the right ways animals as well. What can music do for you

Have You?

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Acts 5:42

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

Just a question, to ponder. Have you stopped proclaiming his name?

Since so many of us know that He is Alive And working, lets proclaim his name and make this sign so true!

Look At ME!!

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April 2015 , will be a month that a lot of folks will hold in their memories for some time. Things just didn’t add up for a lot of folks desires.

I read a post on Facebook from a friend that read:  “What month are we on?? Feels like a Feb morning….”  Yea those things make you stop and wonder why or how we have one day at 70 degrees, and then Snow back on the ground two days later.  Yet as I read the responses to that post I laughed for a bit then wanted to stop and cry.  One answer read: “Mother Nature needs to check the calender“. This one made me cry a bit and start thinking about the topic on here.

As I put the idea together in my head yet another friend sent me a message about a Bible passage that pointed to this same idea. I sort of knew I had to write this one, while the ideas were still fresh in my head.

Well I have to go back to the Old Testament of the Bible to start this. You see God sends us messages in the smallest things around us. AS we look around us, we see folks adopting ideas that don’t coincide with the what the Bible teaches. But so many have simply stop reading what the word says, and go by accepting what one person has to offer.  And more os than most God is standing there waiting to answer or help.

Back in the Old Testament when the people Israel were in the desert and they started to turn on him, they were sent venemous snakes to bite them and destroy the evil within. And God said to put up a serpent on a pole, and by simply looking at it, they would be saved.

So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.   Num 21:9

God gave his people a choice at life, they simply had to choose to live and accept him. Today with everything going on God is looking for ways to call his people, and all of humanity back to look at his love and saving power. And everyday he reaches out and yet so many look at all other things except his voice, and his love.

As I sat in Church this Sunday morning I got a message from another friend that read,

I opened my bible to read it and this came up. Isaiah 66 I really didn’t understand this please help me

Here is what it says:

1. This is what the Lord says:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be?

2. Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the Lord.
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word. Isa. 66:1-2

When one hasn’t read the Bible in a while, and you simply open his word and this comes right out at you. Your heart should stop, make you think. Then you read on, you pray and listen.

Where is the house you will build for me? This is the question here that is important. Have we stopped building the home for our Lord within our hearts? Have we stopped listening to softness of his loving voice, in the echos of the wind. And have we lost the feel of his warm embrace in the midst of the seasons?

And yet he still cries like from the cross, here I am “LOOK AT ME”

Unanswered Prayers?

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Prayer. Seems to have become a matter of controversy here in the USA. For decades people have prayed to God, or someone they believed to be a god that could answer or supply them with something. But longer in history of this earth people have been seeking to ask the God for the help they seek.

First lets realize that prayer is a line of communication, with God. A conversation where we tell him what we are seeking and then he answers. Best part of it is that one isn’t even required to claim to follow him, to pray. He listens to everyone’s prayer the same.

If we go back and look at the life of Moses, for a second we will notice that he prayed for the freedom of his people. Yet God’s answer for Moses was far from what he wanted to hear. He got an answer, however until he decided to hear, and accept the words, he didn’t get an answer.

Sometimes, God has different, much better answers than what we have in mind. Yea it seems that  God has sort of a sense of humor in how he gets things to happen. But one thing is for sure he does work in really strange and mysterious ways, to make the greatest things to happen.

Now we must take this into account. When God answers a prayer his way. We need to rely on his judgement and his timing on things. This gives him the Glory of fulfilling the goal, and yet gives us the most glorious rewards. We will feel like super humanly powerful creatures, because we truly did it, “GOD’S WAY”

Then we will no longer have, ” answered prayers” So go ahead have that conversation, let him know what you think, or want. Then listen to his words, and follow them, I promise you it is so worth it!

Pray!

Bad Luck day?

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Well as we start this day, I can only wonder about how many folks have negative ideas of what may come this day. It is a time like this that reminds me of the promises that I find in the Bible about things just like this day.

In the book of John in the New Testament is reads as follows:

But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. John 14:26

So even as far back as the Old Testament the Bible showed us that confidence in Him will get us through just about anything.  It was the Jeremiah who exclaimed it the best as he said in this book as he addressed God the father:

 

You who are my Comforter in sorrow,my heart is faint within me.  Jeremiah 8:18

 

So go out and face this day as we know who we are. Children of a living, Loving God who protects us from any evil, and guides our paths in righteousness.

 

 

A Nativity Scene?

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While reading about the differences between Christianity and Islam I came across this passage and made me stop and think about what it depicts here. For so many billions of folks the nativity scene of that manger is so powerful, to be so belittled this way.

 

 

The birth is announced to Mary and she brings forth Jesus under a palm-tree, near which is a running spring and by the dates of which she is fed. On her return home she is received with reproaches by her family but merely points in reply to the new-born babe, who suddenly speaks from his cradle, asserting that he is the prophet of God. Afterwards Jesus performs all kinds of miracles, forms birds out of clay and makes them fly, heals the blind and lepers, raises the dead, etc., and even brings down from heaven a table ready spread. The Jews will not believe him, but the youth follow him. He is not killed, but translated to God. Christians are not agreed upon the manner of his death and the Jews have invented the story of the Crucifixion.

Becker, C.H. (2012-05-17). Christianity and Islam (p. 8). . Kindle Edition.

 

As we approach this Christmas season to the fullest. I often stop and wonder if that true meaning, and importance of the day has been lost in a similar fashion by most. Has the birth of that child, that night really become so meaningless.

it seems that over the years we have slowly cut Christ out of our celebrations, and now as this Christmas comes, it feels it’s time to start to bring him back. His birth brought joy this world, and peace of hearts to so many. And we hear and read of Christians being killed for simply believing. I think it’s time we return to celebrate the real reason for this season. And find the joy out of the real nativity scene.

IS THERE ROOM IN YOUR LIFE FOR HIS SCENE?

Always smiling

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I recently saw this pic on Facebook. And simply read to click like for prayers. A few things came to mind as I sw this pic.

1. What a cute kid!

2. How is it that kids that have all these”problems” ALWAYS seem to have the greatest smiles.

 

I recall the Bible verse where Jesus speaks of being like a child that reads:

 

Mark 10:15
” Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.””

 

The baby’s name is Kylie, and is facing two heart disorders. Yet I don’t think anyone can notice that by looking at this face. Really makes it hard to think that we are having as tough a time as we think. A simple sign of faith, is all it takes. Because that’s about all a baby has. Faith, simple blind faith that someone will ,are things right. The fact that someone has started by asking for prayer, says there is faith in those hearts.

 

So, go ahead click on that link, go on Facebook and say a prayer for Kylie. And while you’re there, say one for yourself, and find what God might have ready for you today.

Something in the Water

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In Biblical History the Dove has played a key role in various situations. Most of all in the ones that inspired hope, peace, love, and overwhelming power.  The picture here shows us a sign that is not one that can be easily forgotten, or wished to see over, and over again. Clear skies, mean no rain, no overcast. Great weather. Add then the rainbow, which is a sign of God that all is in his hands, and is well. And then a Dove flying gracefully, across the sky.

This week I found myself at a gym watching a television set, while on a treadmill And found myself in tears. I was reminded that God is still so alive in the USA. Despite the efforts of our current government, to steer us to believe he’s not.

Carrie Underwood, whom I am a huge fan of before this anyways. Belted out a song that truthfully, she shouldn’t have been able too. To hit the notes she hit, with such power, such inspiration had to bring you to tears. The message in the song, even though it was subtle was clear, loud, and very to the point.

Heres where I ended up, cause that treadmill, just couldn’t compete where her song took me too.

In the Bible I read a passage that reads as follows:

When Jesus had been baptized, he immediately came up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens opened up for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.

Now is was the basis of the images coming to mind as I heard truly an angel singing that night. You see a pregnant woman singing at the extreme top of her range, and holding notes with that ease. Only with the right inspiration and power, and gift from God himself.  You see when one is Baptized as Jesus was in the passage above you come out and you may not see that dove land on your head. But you feel the presence and the power of the Spirit living in you.

And in this world we live today, with so much hatred, and killing. And so many Americans forgetting the basis of our strengths, this song comes back to light up the way.

Check the words, and let me explain:

 

He said, “I’ve been where you’ve been before.

Down every hallway’s a slamming door.

No way out, no one to come and save me.

Wasting a life that the Good Lord gave me.

Then somebody said what I’m saying to you,

Opened my eyes and told me the truth.”

They said, “Just a little faith, it’ll all get better.”

So I followed that preacher man down to the river and now I’m changed

And now I’m stronger

There must’ve been something in the water

Oh, there must’ve been something in the water

Well, I heard what he said and I went on my way

Didn’t think about it for a couple of days

Then it hit me like a lightning late one night

I was all out of hope and all out of fight

Couldn’t fight back the tears so I fell on my knees

Saying, “God, if you’re there come and rescue me.”

Felt love pouring down from above

Got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I’m changed

And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water

Oh, there must be something in the water

And now I’m singing along to amazing grace

Can’t nobody wipe this smile off my face

Got joy in my heart, angels on my side

Thank God almighty, I saw the light

Gonna look ahead, no turning back

Live every day, give it all that I have

Trust in someone bigger than me

Ever since the day that I believed I am changed

And now I’m stronger

There must be something in the water (amazing grace)

Oh, there must be something in the water (how sweet the sound)

Oh, there must be something in the water (that saved a wretch)

Oh, there must be something in the water (like me)

Oh, yeah

I am changed (I once was lost)

Stronger (but now I’m found)

(was blind but now I see)

At the point where she sings, “And now I’m stronger” she takes the microphone away from her, and lets her voice echo in such a beautiful way. And all you can do is stand there where goose bumps running up and down your spine.

You see these inspired words are real, true and still happen and effect so many. It is just as the gospel says we need faith as a mustard seed to tell a mountain to move and it will move. There are still so many out there who still have no idea about what it all really means. With so few artist looking back at the hard-core inspirations of great songs from the past, both gospel and country, this one takes back to an ole style gospel revival where we can really walk away changed.

So Thank You Carrie Underwood, for your inspirational song. And those words that hopefully will sink into someone else’s heart. And just like the song find themselves looking back for that preacher to lead them down to the water. And be Baptized into a joy that you displayed so well that night.

And by the way, it’s really what you leave in the water. Cause when you come out you are so CHANGED!!

I am Changed, And now I’m stronger!

Reflections of…

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Seeing a reflection in a lake, or in a mirror brings the normal mind to stop for a moment and think.  Michael Jackson once sang a song and spoke about “the man in the mirror”. I often wonder just how many actually stop to question the person in that mirror.

In the Bible, Moses had to stop and reflect on just what had gone wrong in his life. As you can see by the passage below, he was just in, sort of a wrong place. Not really what he had been hoping to be at. And maybe even not even having dreamt that this could be.

 

And the Lord said unto him, This is the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.

Dut 34:4-5

 

As this day come to a close, I can only imagine how many politicians today  have spent the day doing the same thing. Asking themselves, what did I do wrong, what could I have done better, how did I lose this?

I’m sure each one of you that might read this, could come up with your own reasons for each of the political candidates that lost in your areas. But I’m more concerned with you that have stopped to read this today.

Have you asked the person in the mirror those same questions, and if so. Have you listened to the answers, and followed the guidance to find peace, and maybe a bit of joy in your life. It seems God will always choose to talk to each of us separately about what we’ve done, what we need to do, and where we should be.

 

So ask yourself, go ahead. I kinda dare you to stop and reflect on your own life, and see where you fit in to helping, maybe fix our country, your city, or just maybe ……

 

Your own life!

 

May the reflection you see be a positive, and great looking one

Reasons for shouting

On these days when we can see the true majesty of God’s creation no matter the temperature, or chill. It is the reason that so many Christians find solace in these verses.
So sing your hearts out to the Lord God, and find the comfort your heart seeks!

Psalms 81:1-3

 ​ Sing for joy to God our strength;
 shout aloud to the God of Jacob!
 Begin the music, strike the timbrel,
 play the melodious harp and lyre.
 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon,
 and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival;”

I Know, I really do

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Meet Brother Sam. Let me tell you what he knows for sure that I have wondered about for a long time in my life.

 

Growing up in Church, the son of a preacher one hears lots of songs, sung by different folks. Some have a different melody, and different arrangement. But then you have some that never seem to change. it didn’t matter who was doing the song, they all sang it the same way. Tonight as I watched and heard Brother Sam performing the words of this song came to mind, while the answer came to my to my heart.

How can I say thanks

for the things you have done for me

Things so undeserved

Yet you gave to prove your love for me

The voices of a million angels

Cannot express my gratitude

All that I am or ever hope to be

I owe it all to Thee

“How can I say Thanks”, when the worst of things happen, and then you find the so talked about rainbow at the end of the storm. Then what. How do you really express a thank you, or in reality what is one to do.

Brother Sam is an 80 plus year old youngster. Who less than 4 months underwent a quintuplet coronary bypass. (that’s 5. I have to use up my big words somewhere). And here he is Standing, for a 35 min concert, and laughing, bopping to the rhythm, and simply living and enjoying life.

This is how one says Thanks to one that gives us peace, power, love, and simply everything else that comes to mind.

So thank you brother Sam, for the smiles, and songs. And if you’re ever in Lexington, KY stop in at the church, he might sing you a verse or two to brighten your day as well.

So as the writer of this ever so inspirational song wrote: To God be The Glory! Give it a listen the link is there in the words.

Are WE????

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Ever wonder about that new message on your phone, or your computer.

You have just received a friends request from, whomever.  I stop to think sometimes if we really truly understand the meaning of the term friends. We live in an era with friendships have been changed or moved into categories that sometimes make them more confusing, than algebra.

 

To me a friend was that person I could share just about anything with. Form the most ridiculous to the most heart warmly sadness.

Today, some define them as, what do I get from being a friend?

I remember in High School, I had some friends. And one spring evening on the way home from church, we stopped in Far Rockaway, NY in front of this McDonalds. Between the four of us standing there had just enough money to buy 1 vanilla shake. So that is what we did. We laughed, smiled had a great time. And enjoyed the that shake like none other in life. Those were my kind of friends.

The Bible tells us in the book of Proverbs:

A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is there a for times of trouble.

Now that is what a friend is to me. So as I ask you the question, ask yourself as well. Who are your real friends?