Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Having 2 girls is great and very rewarding, yet at the same time very challenging and sometimes even scary. Being a dad I am more and more realizing that for my two little girls it is SO huge for them! I found myself at JcPennies the other day wanting to buy dresses and little pink shirts for my girls to keep them little girls! The world we live in does not really care about morals, ethics or Jesus! By my desire is for me and my house to be ROCK solid in Jesus, to be people of high integrity, of great morals, yet as I work at this as a Dad, the world seems to be pulling at them with all kinds of sick and evil things! My prayer is Lord keep them safe, yet make them extremely dangerous for the Kingdom, fill them up to over flowing with the Holy Spirit and then place your thumb in their back daring them to be different. Being in the world as Jesus put yet NOT of the world, is a very challenging occurrence that seems to going on and on! Lord Jesus, I place Kailey and Lauryn at your feet, protect them, keep them, hold them in Jesus Name, I plea your blood over them, and I ask that they become grounded in You, rooted in you, and live life to please you! Bless them Father, and empower them in everything they do, and thanks for allowing me the awesome honor of being their daddy! Amen!
Friday, December 17, 2010
I met with a pastor friend of mine just the other day, as we shared one of the constant phrases that was spoken from him was just how blessed he really was! Well, I since then have been reflecting on just how blessed I AM! The truth is I AM BLESSED! I live in the land of the Free, I know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, I have been called by God, which I have answered to with a glad heart. I have the most awesome wife in the world and our marriage ROCKS I am BLESSED, I have the worlds most beautiful girls in which I am very proud of! I drive a nice car, rent a nice town home. I have an electric blanket with several other blankets, I have a roof over my head, I have Great health, with a great appetite, I AM BLESSED! I love life, I love and enjoy living life to the full to the glory and honor of my King, I am BLESSED! I have great friends, who love me enough to be honest with me, I AM BLESSED! I have a hamster that loves me and eats the food I give, I AM BLESSED! I enjoy living with the JOY of the LORD who IS MY STRENGTH, I am thankful for the cross that Jesus died on for me! I love laughter, and making people laugh, I AM BLESSED! I am surrounded by prayer warriors who are lifting me up daily, I AM BLESSED! I am love by HIM who knows all, sees everything yet LOVES ME unfailingly, I AM BLESSED
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, it is this time of year again, where the Christmas tree goes up, the stockings are hung and excitement feels the air. This time of year also seems to be covered in hurry. Taking time to smell the carrot cookies and enjoy that hot sip of cider is I believe to be very important if this season is going to be enjoyed! Life is so short so it only seems right that we slow down just a hint in order to grasp what really matters! This is a great time of year to just love people to show extra kindness, to give extra compassion and to find oneself filled a new with the true Spirit of Christmas - which is Christ! The red, green and white lights come out all over while the Santa and the reindeer's prepare for flight! This is such a fun time of year, this is a time where I remember as a child putting up the tree, putting up the lights and laughing until it hurt just because having fun was Christmas! Kailey and Lauryn are so looking forward to fun filled, Jesus centered Christmas. Our family loves to take time and really pause to celebrate, Jesus birthday, family and a warm place to celebrate! Tis the Season to laugh, to truly enjoy each other and to sing from our hearts because Christmas really does matter! Thanks Jesus, for coming as a babe in a manger.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I love waking up feeling so good that it just makes you want to laugh and then laugh some more. Laughter is God designed and so healthy for us. In fact they say that laughter is healing, if this is true then this could mean that taking some time just to laugh out loud might just be in our best interest! It is so funny and awesome how God made us all with our own unique laugh! Some people laugh out loud with their hand over their mouth, or some people snort, or some people even get this twitch when they get laughing real hard! Life is funny, perhaps your reading this thinking hey my life is not funny, but you know every situation we are in, will be always give us time to reflect upon and even give some laughter about! My wife is really funny when she starts on a laughing spree, it is like an explosion of fun just come out of her. It is so funny to watch and hear her that it gets me laughing! I am a firm believer that some people take life so serious that if they tried to smile they would crack the skin because it has been too long! My prayer is that I would live life having fun, laugh over the good and the bad and have the courage to do it out loud! Thanks giving is coming up and I am so thankful God made me a fun hearted person a lot like my mom! LOL!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Matthew 21:43-44 says, Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed." Just living life as a church goer does really nothing for the believer. In our Christian life we are commanded to bear fruit, yet bearing fruit takes time, work, and even struggles. I think the church has become very complex because we have made it that way. We wrestle with this and that yet watch as the Kingdom goes by us! We the church I believe are called to step back to the plate of a very healthy fear of the Lord. ONLY can the church thrive when a true Fear of Him is lived in our daily lives! I wonder how many of good church people if Jesus was to say to them the Kingdom is going to be taken from you might debate with Christ over doctrine rather than repenting of sin and then following the Master in obedience! In fact earlier in scripture Jesus even states to the legal Pharisees that the prostitutes and tax collectors are entering the Kingdom of God ahead of You! Mainly because they chose to believe, instead of debating doctrine or giving excuses the prostitutes and tax collectors wanted what Jesus was offering! Have we settled for the statuesque, are we really okay with doing life and church our way? I believe it is time for us the bride of Christ to truly listen to our Master, and then repent and then live in obedience! Wake up, for the hour is near!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Have you ever tried to so hard to believe in what seems to be impossible? Sometimes that might just be getting up in the morning depending on the day before that you might have had. Believing in the impossible is tough, believing for God who can do the impossible and does the impossible every day, to specifically do the impossible in your area of concern! Why is it that believing in the impossible is so hard? How is it that we find ourselves always looking and trying to figure out impossible tasks? I believe, but just that in and of itself is not enough. The bible says that the demons in hell believe there is God and shudder and the sound of His name, so just to believe is not enough! I think life is full of impossibility yet so often we try to figure out how on our own we can make it work! What is it today that is looking you directly in the face and screaming out IMPOSSIBLE? God knows just because He made us that we are unable to do anything with out HIM! I know I need Jesus, and I know that apart from Jesus no mountain is going to get out of my way! But still the question is how can the impossible be accomplished, how can the task that lies ahead be overcome with victory, and when if ever will we see the results that so hard you find yourself searching for? Jesus today help me in my unbelief, enrich my faith, and empower my walk today, in CHRIST!!!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
My prayer this morning is Lord come down and powerfully show me your ways that I may walk in them, guide me in your truth, teach me, I am yours! Isaiah 64 says, Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him." It really hit me that I serve THE Living God, who more than I can even fathom wants all of me! I desire for God to truly REND the heavens and come down and so meet with us! Help us to follow Him, help us to trust Him, help us to understand that life is not about us, BUT JESUS! He said the mountains trembled before Him, WOW! I want God to do the unexpected in me, in His church for this is when the awesome things will take place! I am thinking this morning that there is no other God who acts with such mercy, compassion, and grace for those who wait for Him, am I waiting for Jesus, or am I running ahead giving Him orders, Father help me to listen to your still small voice and just simply trust and obey, help me to tremble in your presence and to be AWE struck by your love for me, AMEN!!!