Sunday, April 5, 2015

Just a thought

  Psalm 13:6. 6 I will sing to the Lord 
because He has treated me generously. 

On the basis of God's track record, the writer gives God the benefit of the doubt and tells him, "I trust in your unfailing love."

From The Complete Guide to the Bible. Page 149

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week in review

 This week was filled with many blessing, a few tears and some breakthroughs. 

While reading the Bible this week I realized at my level I needed a different version with notes that were a little more informative then the detailed notes Bible I have now.  I found the Holmon NKJV study Bible was just right.

I ordered from and am waiting patiently for my delivery. Great service and the prices can't be beat.

A wonderful coworker blessed me with a new book The Blessed Life by Robert Morris.

I have to admit I am really struggling with this one. It is about the gift of Tithing. My mind is in a tizzy.  I want to obey, but I am afraid and still a selfish man. My wife and I are praying for guidance.  

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Another Day, Another Struggle

Last night on the way home I listened to another Podcast of Joyce Meyers. Can't remember the topic, but she was just what I needed to hear. I told my wife that I once again felt that I've been touched with an answer. A push to take care of a certain issue I've been fighting with. Today I listened to Pastor John McDonald's Podcast as he spoke on the feeling of discouragement. Great topic, and again just what I needed to hear.

As I was walking into work listening in, John continued his talk. He turn the subject to his  dad. At that moment I started to think of my dad who has since passed and how hard it was for him raising a family of six. I don't remember him ever acting discouraged. Just as I started to talk to him in my mind. I glanced down to find another penny.  My dad would never bypass a coin on the ground. I just felt once again it was a small sign from above. That what I am hearing in the two Podcasts are not only answers but encouragement from above. I know He can, and will use anyone He chooses to advance His glory and kingdom. To say the least it scares me to think he might use me too.  I looked up "discouragement" in the Concordance and turned to 1 CH 22: 13. David talking to his son Solomon "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged." If Solomon could find peace in those words with the giant task of building a temple in his future; I think I should take them to heart too.

All I have to do is pay some bills (discouragement.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This is a first. A Bible study

While reading this morning from my newest book The Old Testament for New Students ©1956. I started with chapter sixteen titled Songs from the Heart; A study of the Book of Psalms. One of the Psalm written about was Psalm 23. After reading it a few times, I realized I had very little understanding as to what the message was. Today for the first time I decided to attempt a passage study. Using my Logos Bible software Mobil App. I took notes, verse by verse from Matthew Henry's Commentary of the Whole Bible.  I'm very happy that I took time out to do some research and gained a deeper understanding of the Word.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Love old Bible books

I call myself a book geek. I just can't seem to buy enough of them. I'm very happy to spend hours sitting in old book stores. I love to read books about the bible, especially the older they are. There something not only magical, but a bit more spiritual in the contents. With age comes wisdom they say.  I can only imagine meeting the author from long ago and seeing them smile to know someone is reading their works. I came across my latest gem at a resale book store yesterday. Titled The Old Testament for New Students by Cecil  F Cheverton, ©1956. Pages yellowed by time, notes written in sidebar by a Mr. Lutz from Fort Worth, TX just adds to the grandeur of my find. Already on chapter 5 and learning new things. Mr Lutz took good notes.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Time to start writing again

Can't remember the last I posted. I know it's been way to long. Between then and today I've had many wonderful blessings and trials to bear. Today I picked up the book, A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Conner. Just a few pages in I was inspired to start posting again. 

Her writings of her prayers gave me some deeper thoughts that maybe that's what I should do too. 

I need to make it known that I am not a successful product of public schools. My skills at writing are very poor. All prior post were edited by my wife who is very gifted in the skills of the pen. I think I'll just post with out her reviews so that I won't end up writing for her, but to stay true to my thoughts as jumbled as they might seem to come across. 

I think it would be helpful to make note of my prayers and the answers that I find.   

UPDATE: During my dinner break at work I went out for a mile walkabout for some fresh air. I plugged in my headphones and listened to a talk by Joyce Meyers on self pity. A small problem I've lived with all my life. I asked as I walked about "if you are with me show me a coin." It was not a test of his presence, just a friendly comment. As I reached the mile marker on my GPS I found myself glancing down on this. I was so shocked I captured his answer. Funny man. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gone to long

It has been a long time since I brought up this blog to write. I will work on finding time to work on it.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary* and the brother of James, Joseph,* Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. 

Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief. 

"Unbelief." I'm not sure if he was to come back and walk right down the middle of 5th Ave anyone would pay attention. Just saying, we could sure use a sign today.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

He speaks just when you need to hear

This morning I was reading my Daily Bible I came across Mark4:40.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

As soon as I read that I felt a bolt of electricity flow though me. It is the answer to my fears. Thank you Lord for hearing my prayers, and providing me an answer to all the worries.

There are times that He just hits you in the face and says "Open your eyes, I am the answer for everything!"

May God bless everyone who visits this page.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year to everyone.

It has been awhile since my last post. We spent the Christmas holiday on vacation cruising the Bahamas on the Dream from Disney Cruise Lines. What a wonderful week on board this beautiful ship. Two days on their private, sun drenched island is just not enough. Disney is truly the way to sail the Seven Seas with children.

 Today I picked up my reading of the book of Genesis chapter 6 verses 5-6. 5: The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6: So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. (NLT)

 What made me stop to think deeply about this verse was the last line: "It broke his heart." Rather than passing over that line quickly, I followed up with a verse study from Matthew Henry's Commentary in which he states: "Here is, I. God's resentment of man's wickedness. He did not see it as an unconcerned spectator, but as one injured and affronted by it. He saw it as a tender father sees the folly and stubbornness of a rebellious and disobedient child, which not only angers him, but grieves him."

 Taken together, "It broke his heart" and "but grieves him" hit me right in my own heart. It made me think about my own children. That not only am I their parent, but I'm still a child to and of God. For the first time, I see that He looks at me the same way I look at them. He sees both the beauty and disappointments in me that I see in them and sometimes feel in their actions. His heart wants what my heart wants. He wants his children (me) to be as righteous and obedient as I want my own.

 So where does this leave me tonight? First, it leaves me with a sense of sorrow for some of the ways I've lived and the disappointments I've brought to Him. Second, it gives me a new perspective on how I need to move forward in His heart. I know the past cannot be changed, but in all that I do henceforth, it must be done without causing disappointment in His eyes.

 I have always been proud to be my father's son. He was everything I wanted to be when I grew up. He was the kindest man I've ever known. There was never any doubt that on the day I married he would be my best man. He left this world three years ago. Today I wear his wedding ring upon my finger. I look at it and know all that he made it stand for. What I have to be, to be worthy of wearing his life. If I can live my life right, that day will come when my son looks at me the way I looked at his grandfather. And I will not only be a joyous man, but I will know that I have made both my father and God neither angry nor grievous.

 This is going to be hard work.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My trip to Starbucks

Good Morning!

   Here I sit at the local Starbucks killing time as the wife gets her nails done. Such an interesting group of people sitting soundly, having overpriced coffee and talking about their problems. I couldn't find a empty table, so I had to ask the table of three ladies to join their group. I started off reading the Internet, but the loudness of all around me wouldn't let me stay focused. There is the older group of men that I see often sitting one table over talking about "how life used to be." I wish there was an extra seat at their table so I could barge in and just sit and listen. Even though I'm not that old (I'm turning  50 in a week) I have great memories of my early days. Sometimes I spend a bit too much time in my personal Twilight Zone episode sledding down the big hill behind the house.

   The ladies sitting next to me are busy talking about pregnancy issues. I do my best to seem over interested on my screen, so as not to make them feel uncomfortable. I say a silent prayer for the one who is sharing her longing for a child and the difficulties of all the tests she is undergoing.

    At another table, there is a couple looking into each other's eyes. Not sure, but I tend to believe that they are having troubles. It just sucks, for lack of a better word, to see people with pain in their hearts. I hope they walk out together with a promise of better days.

    So what does all this have to do with "Leadmetothecross111?" Well to tell you the truth, I'm not sure. When I woke up this morning, I knew God was with me. So he must be here at Starbucks too. But, if he is here beside me, then he must be here beside everyone else. He must be hearing the heartache of the woman wanting a child, the troubles of the intimate couple, and the hearts of the men wanting to fill up with the joys of the past. I can only guess he's saying "Hey, I'm standing right here! I can hear you! Ask me to sit down and I will.  Invite me into your heartaches, and I will grant you peace. If you just believe, I am here."

    How comforting to those that follow. He is with us all the time and everywhere we go. How much easier the days gone by are when we give Him our troubles and worries. As a new follower, I am finding this gift beyond my abilities to say thank you. I've yet to get past the feelings of the man who stands at the water's edge as the waves reach for the shore, who looks out to discover "truly" how small he is. How in all the bigness of things that He still looks down on me. But He looks upon all of us.

    Would it be rude to interrupt the lady next to me, the couple, and the men and tell them He is here? He's the one who can help you. I'm proof of that.. Maybe yes, maybe no. I'm not going to give it the old college try. Keeping one's mouth shut at times is Godly too. Approaching others can be a tricky deal. If it was the football game or the election, it would be easier to jump in. But "God talk," that's a different story.

    Everyone is leaving now. My coffee is getting cold. And the day ahead calls my name.

    I instead will use the powers He gave me and call on His name to Bless them all. "Lord bring hope to that woman and Bless her with a child to love. Bless the couple so that today they will feel love towards each other and see only good days ahead. Fill the older men with peace in their hearts to enjoy today like those of the past. Bless these people, so that each one will walk out the door with Your light shining upon them. But most of all, give them peace so that they know You are with them, and they will hear Your voice calling them to Your heart.

   "Yes, you can sit here I'm just finishing up," I said to some patrons looking for a table. They thanked me. "You're welcome," I said, "Have a Blessed day." They looked at me kinda funny. Maybe it's a good thing I didn't say anything to the others after all!