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We Are Who We Are

Yesterday I talked about one of my “things”. You know; those little mottos and credos we Barry's house - quoteall have and try to live by. Yesterday, it was about looking at the good stuff—counting our blessings—and not focusing on the bad things. Today’s, is similar, but not quite the same thing; “doing the best we can do each and every day.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Guy Fieri’s Got Nothing On Us!

In keeping with one of my themes (I have several, ya know) I am compelled to report the following:

We recently took a leisurely, scenic, drive to Arizona to visit my boyhood pal, Barry and his lovely wife, Marilyn. We spent only two and a half days at their home, but it was wonderful. It was as though Barry and I had never been apart, and Sherry and Marilyn hit it off too. I think they enjoyed hearing me and Barry tell our tall tales. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Day ~ A Good Day

If we start our day worried and fearful about the myriad things life might throw at us in the coming day, we allow fear to rob us of God’s peace and joy. On the other hand, if we dive into our day knowing no matter what comes our way, God will be there to assist us, we will be filled with faith and gladness, and God’s peace and joy will be ours.

Too many times, we worry and fret over situations, only to find they work out just fine in the end. All we can do is the best we can do with whatever situations might arise.

Everything might not go exactly the way we want it to, but we’ll be at peace and be filled with joy, knowing it went the way God wanted it to go.

Be still! Be patient! Be faithful! God knows what He’s doing!

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Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;Psalm 30:11

 

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My Wife Makes Me Feel Guilty

Guilt is an awful thing, and I believe it is synonymous with fear. When we feel guilty about something we’ve said or done, it’s usually because we fear the consequences.

A man once told me his wife made him feel guilty. I spoke off the cuff (imagine that) and told him, “Your wife can’t make you feel guilty, you have to choose to feel guilty.”

I was in my late twenties when I made that statement, and it probably had more of an impact on me than it did on him. I’ve pondered the idea considerably over the years, and I’ve come to the conclusion it’s true of almost every emotion. Guilt, anger, sadness, happiness; they all come knocking at our door, and we decide whether to invite them in or bid them be on their way. We choose to have the feelings we have, and yes, we will feel every kind of emotion, but it’s up to us how long we allow them to stay.

Let the good ones stay—in fact, invite them in; choose to be happy, choose faith, not fear. And when the bad thoughts come knocking, send them on their way.

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For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

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Doing the Right Thing

Many times, we worry and wonder if what we’re doing is the right thing. We start thinking our jobs or even our very lives are meaningless. It sometimes seems we’re just spinning our wheels in a world gone mad. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Do You See?

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Years ago, I remember folks talking about subliminal messages on television. I think they were actually happening, but I don’t know that for certain. The premise was that an advertiser would flash a message or image on the screen for a split second—one we didn’t even realize we’d seen—and we would react by wanting to purchase the product that had entered our subconscious mind.

Today, they’ve moved well beyond subliminal tactics and now blatantly advertise, and display in programs, every possible deviance and product. The trend continues to escalate, and it seems nothing is taboo. Sex, violence, and decadence of every kind is being shown on almost every channel. The worst part of this is we are becoming numb to it. What’s the solution? Don’t watch.

We are in charge of what we watch. A little mindless entertainment is one thing, but a constant diet of it is quite another matter. The old saying, “you are what you eat”, can also apply to our minds. As regards “entertainment”, we are what we watch. What we allow into our minds can shape who we are.

Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

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I Rest My Case

Today 6-10-2016 quote 2Like the closing arguments of an attorney at the end of a trial, Paul powerfully pounds home his point in the last two verses of chapter eight of his letter to the church at Rome. I can envision him standing before the jury, straining forward with a look of determination, as he emotionally delivers these words.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

I have tested the presence and patience of God; I have ignored it, denied it, and tried to pretend He wasn’t there, yet even in times of deepest darkness, I could always feel His presence. There have been many times in my life when, though I did not deserve it, He has shown Himself to me in wondrous ways. In spite of me, in spite of my failure to love Him, in spite of my walking arm-in-arm with demons of all type, He stayed with me, His love never wavering, His arms ever reaching to hold me. He would allow nothing to separate me from Him.

I rest my case.

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Go Ahead, Make My Day

9 quoteThese days, people are fond of labeling their adversaries as sheep, inferring—among other things, but in most part—that they are following their political favorite out of blind loyalty. In many instances, people follow a candidate or elected representative without truly knowing who they are, or what they intend to do with the power vested to them. And, more importantly, people put their hope and trust in government or government hopefuls, giving no thought to the moral and godly character the person does or does not have.

In general, we are bombarded daily with ungodly messages, and everything we see going on around us attempts to tell us God is no longer relevant Even our government and those who strive to become a part of it smile and promise they will take care of us, while, at the same time, they allow God and anything that recognizes Him to be removed and/or banned from public buildings, schools, and so on. They use excuses such as fairness and diversity to defend their actions, while the truth is they do these things for votes so they can remain in office, or gain office, and hold on to or garner for themselves power and monetary gain.

In the Bible, when God’s people were going into battle, many times they sent the worshipers out in front of the warriors. When we choose to be thankful in the midst of our battles, we’re making a way for Him to lead us to victory! We should not fear what is going on around us, nor should we feel harassed and helpless. We should keep our eyes, minds and hearts on Jesus, and do the best we can to show others God is alive, God is still in charge, and ultimately, God’s goodness and love will overcome the evil running rampant on this earth.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38

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Do Unto Others

The world we live in has become a very selfish place, and seems to be getting worse rapidly. Unfortunately, there will always be givers and there will always be takers. But, it seems to me the core of the problem is that we try to make everything about material things, when what we should most be sharing and generous with is love and kindness. God loves us unconditionally and wants us to share His blessings of love, joy, and peace with our fellow man. Love others as you would have them love you. It’s that simple. Gray days - quote

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

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Imagine The Scene

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:12

At Christmas time, we see many nativity scenes displayed in homes, yards and various other places, but does the reality of that one small piece of the scene—the baby—ever hit you so hard you fall to your knees? Read the rest of this entry »

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