Winners or Losers?

It is a melting pot of catastrophic dilemmas…

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The sun is setting, and an anxious parent awaits the return home of their little child from a weekend rendezvous. With folded arms, standing at the stern, the landscape lighting does little to enlighten the sequence of changes. In your negative mind, you can’t help but wonder what the ex has said to your child this time. It’s best to prepare for damage control between now and bedtime as tomorrow is school. A weekend of entertainment, where life is full of dandelions, isn’t exactly the reality going through your mind. Headlights approach around the corner. Artificial hugs are exchanged, and words of encouragement mean little as the door opens. Your very first words are, “You’re late! Get a shower. School is tomorrow.”

A disgruntled child grabs their things from the back seat and stumbles out the door brushing by your seething heart. The front door slams closed and now it’s your turn. You glare back at your ex and utter, “And you wonder why we divorced!” Now your thoughts and temper are short as you’re trapped between feelings – happiness the child is home, and frustration (because you just know words must have been exchanged).

Retiring for the night in your harvested sanctuary, feelings are resolved to self-pity. Do you think you’re the only one affected by the collateral damage of being a single parent? Where are your thoughts at this time? They appear to be in just your center, in your life, and your immediate circle! It is a melting pot of catastrophic dilemmas.

Meanwhile, an innocent child who never had a choice pays the ultimate price. Too often children suffer at the hand of their parent’s indiscretions, and they become the losers. There’s not much room for error when a melting pot is about to explode in the home. Close your eyes and pray for forgiveness!

I ask God how we can bridge the heartaches of one generation to the next. How can we stop the sin of shame? Our courts are full, and only attorneys are the winners. The answer is simple – God! Spend a little time each day to focus on God. Set a good example for your children by walking in His truth. He is the only provider of all our needs.

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Lovin’ Life

….. A synchronized spiritual way of life, God’s divine is taking hold.

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Dawn awakens the sleepy morning, smelling the remnants of last night’s breeze. Trees bare signs of a new lease on life – happy to be out of the woods of winter. Our Father ordered the winds to turn. I sit on the lanai rejoicing, lovin’ life. I take a second to thank God, not for the luxuries of my lifestyle, but the minute joys in my life. My first thought is humbling, and it begins with a peace of mind for I know everything is according to His will. A synchronized spiritual way of life, God’s divine is taking hold.

Confident, my mind drifts off to other similar amenities that make lovin’ life much easier. It is security though not the financial kind. (I gave that to God to handle). The security of my love, my wife, rests in the palms of His hands. It is a love that evolved on an evening walk. I took her hand in mine and felt a spark. At the time, I couldn’t do anything about our relationship, but God had greater plans for us. In hindsight, how obvious His signs were to us!

Like designer’s attire, some things may not fit, but some things make you feel comfortable. Almost like the boots I lace, I walk in the footprints of Christ’s path. I follow Him relentlessly and comfortably too, just lovin’ life. Treading only in faith, I believe in miracles. Without them, you have little left but doubt. Today, I cover my soul with a baggy Destin sweatshirt, proudly displaying the place I took her hand in marriage. I claimed her as mine, just as God so ordered in our prime.

Success is an absolute acknowledgment that where you go in life, Christ is with you. Anointed by His Father, you find your seat for the last scene is about to commence. Rsvp! You wouldn’t want to miss seeing this script played out! You don’t have to be in the front row. Just believe you are where you need to be when our Big Brother arrives to greet us.
So, I watch the sun majestically calling as it rises in the east. I wonder, is today the day when Christ will come calling? Does it matter? Not really, as He will come when He’s ready. But, in the meantime, my job comes first. As it is written, a man shall take a bride, and she shall be his for eternity. To honor and love…. I close my eyes and can feel the warmth. Lovin’ life, my boots remain ready.

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Spring Cleaning

….and Helpful Hints to De-Clutter Your Soul

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On a spring morning, the frost lays heavy. The foliage somberly pays homage. As I stare through the sheers, my mind tries to organize the things I must do today. I sit huddled in sweats with my first couple sips of black energy. My thoughts wander off to a time of Mom and Dad cleaning out the garage after a nasty winter. I sure love and miss those who left me with such fond memories.

As generations go on, I find myself the one obligated to carry on the honorable task of, somehow, straightening up the garage now. There is such little time to do my own spring cleaning. Its April something, but the month is inconsequential. There comes a time when we all must clean out our castles. How about a fresh coat of paint? Or maybe hang the Picassos you treasure in different places to redecorate the walls? Perhaps shampoo old carpets, or rearrange the furniture? Somehow, you must make those four walls look brighter, for there’s no warmth generated on a cold, spring morning after it’s snowed.

I try to get motivated, but only my Father in heaven can enlighten the soul. So, with everything staring at me and no time to play, I find time to pray. God, in His historical ways, will give me the strength to complete the tasks before me.

Needing anothSpring Cleaning Pic 1er cup, my thoughts wander off…. so many people’s minds are in similar situations. Distant and cold, we pay homage to our cluttered thoughts frozen in time. But, if you’ll let God enter your soul, He will cleanse the hearts and minds from the winter’s toll. The pendulum swings, as your grandfather stands reverently reminding you, life has no reverse.

The day is young. Give it to God! There’s plenty of time to rearrange thoughts lying frosted on this somber, Sunday, spring morning. Let God’s love warm your soul and spirit and ignite your inner joy. Rejoice in a fresh mental attitude. You’ll be glad you cleaned out the clutter lying dormant in the garage of your head. Open your entry to prayer. It’s the one ingredient you need most for motivation. The garage can wait, for it’s the one in your mind that wreaks havoc.


EDITOR’S NOTES:

Helpful Hints to De-Clutter Your Soul

• Ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly. The answers will put your situation in perspective:
Is my mind’s clutter relevant to my situation today? Was it in my control? Am I being too hard on myself?

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• Don’t fight inner battles by yourself – leave it to God to take control. We don’t have to strive to make our life turn out a certain way. Stand still and trust He will handle it for you.
• Lay the issues down at God’s feet through prayer – it’s the most powerful tool you own!
• Focus on today – what does God ask of me today? What does my family need today? Commit to living a Godly life for eternity – not the past.

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On The Wings of a Dove

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I need sleep but I’m too tired to rest. Desiring perseverance, my body draws into a knot. God mercifully tries to lead me, but my schedule doesn’t permit His desires. So, I rush from one job to another—chasing that squirrel in a round box. My spirit dwindles like the cloudy, rainy weather forming puddles and then floods. I stab at a sense of balance but some things just cannot be grasped, no matter how much you’re convinced it’s possible. It reminds me of poking more holes into a piece of Swiss cheese.

I listen to the rain on the roof and can’t help but think there’s a message, somehow, in its sound. As I try to hear what God wants for me, I remain. A dam restrains the beauty of the shoreline – the very edge we are drawn to initially. Hmm…. is it really worth it? So gracious is His grace that we overlook the obvious signs. We fight to survive instead of going with the flow as an adventurer paddling our way downstream.

A tear comes as I try to understand the complexity of life, and age-old questions stay aloft. Why do things need to be so hard? Even storm clouds eventually break apart to allow rays of sunshine! My chest aches as my spirit reflects Noah’s forecast. Exhausted as the season procrastinates its departure, a welcomed friend has overstayed its invitation.

I stare at the jonquils of life and their smiling faces detect a glimmer of hope. Has God sent them to deliver a message? I pray so! I’ll wait for tomorrow. Maybe then, it will come on the wings of a dove, resonating light at the shoreline of the water’s edge.

 

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Divine Wisdom

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The night comes…. chapters close and a sigh of relief appears in the moonlight. We seek God and thank him for our many blessings. We’ve seen Satan’s power surrounding our world as life is torn from God’s holy chosen. Endeavors of many, though, try to conquer evil but fail.

With the strength of faith and armored by prayer, we look to our Father for inner peace. He assures us we will never be left behind. Though times are tough and we struggle daily, God prepares us for our future with His love and divine wisdom.

In the restless night, we worry and pray for dawn to come. Hopefully, the evil dominates our past will be removed with a new day. It’s only a miracle God brings us through the trials as we press on to survive. Survival substantiates the verses, for God, in all His righteousness, never tells a lie. The Bible instructs us to obtain wisdom for discernment, at all cost, through constant prayer. We must remember – prayers are a messenger; without them, we cannot communicate or receive divine wisdom.

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God’s wisdom gets to the heart of our matters and sets aside all other human emotions to deliver peace abundantly. So, let us give thanks for majestic mornings. At times, we may wonder if it’s worth the trouble to even make our bed, never seeing the fortitude. But even in the dimmest of hopes, He admires your integrity. If we set our sights on newer blessed horizons, our Lord will stand firm with his arms around us. He guides us through the winter squalls and our patience protected.

Humanity can find true wisdom in a real relationship with our Savior. Let’s make ourselves an example to others.

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Shepherding

….and Are You Called To Shepherd Others?

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I awoke in a hotel of rooms stacked one on top of another. Reminiscing about the previous evening with friends, a thought comes to mind in the bright morning light. God blesses our relationships we honor. Friends are valued like Mom’s fine China she’d use on Sunday. Taken out of a hutch, like a trophy from a shelf, you hold this connection delicately for there’s nothing else like it. We look at each other and wonder why life sent us different directions yet we’re still allowed to share our experiences as we retire from life’s ventures. God rounds out our personalities because He somehow understands the importance of camaraderie.

Some though merely exist, alone and separated from the love of others. Late in life, when we need each other the most, some wake with their lives closed out from their souls. You can’t help but wonder where God is in their world. Painting a way to find Jesus, our mornings are brighter when we live in prayer.

Returning to my roots, I look for spirits to connect to once again. Many are more interested in appearances and status than acquaintances. I feel the absence of strength as I walk about in the misty harbor. So, I ask God how I can shepherd those too busy with their self-absorbing destinies. They’re not aware that He is the tour guide carrying their spirits. Many are too wrapped up in material gifts to justify their tranquility which exists only because of God. At the end of the day when goodbyes are made, we walked away with our heads held high. I know, in some small way, I gave my heart to the good of mankind…. shepherding His name.

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EDITOR’S NOTES:

Are You Called To Shepherd Others?

  • A Christian leader must pick up the towel and serve others. He/She is a constant guide of encouragement to their flocks – a caretaker, if you will. Much time and energy may be spent “herding the sheep”, sacrificing every waking moment.
  • A Christian must lead their sheep to the greener pastures of God’s word. Sometimes, this may mean becoming personally involved in other’s lives, ensuring that all are “fed”—and fed well. Discipleship and sharing every day are key characteristics of a shepherd.
  • A Christian leader should remove fear from others and strive to resolve conflicts. They will not hesitate to confront others about things in their life that need to be removed. Using a “rod and a staff”, they fend off evil and rescue the good sheep by helping them get through the rough spots of life.
  • A strong Christian follows the Lord as well. Our leadership is only successful if we are leading people in the path of Christ.

 

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Acts of Kindness

….He asks so little of His children but to just give.

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Today in the crisp winter air, the sun shone with vibrant rays over the earth. I felt the warmth as our hearts plateaued to another plain. Love, today, flowed from the Holy Spirit as He showed His immeasurable love, yet again.

I leaned up against the fender of my wife’s car and as she backed out, she wore a huge smile on her face. Crossing my arms, I felt the love as she drove off. God was with her…. anointing her dreams. The warmth of the sun penetrated our hearts together and a calming sensation crept along my body. It’s times such as that, I realize God is nearer to the everyday humdrum of life. I pause as He blesses our actions, always remembering He is in control.

Driving home from work, I thanked God for His miracles that persistently come to us. Pulling into a tollbooth, the car ahead paid my toll. Was this a message? Humbled, I told the attendant to use my money for those behind me. I wondered…. was God using us to witness His love in action? It is awesome to know He asks so little of His children but to just give.

As the sun set behind us, God’s anointing was clear. It was three vehicles in tandem and perhaps a dear, sweet lady in a tollbooth who may have not understood how God works in her life. There was no contact or a sound of the horn to thank one another–just random acts of kindness.

Day after day, God gives us opportunities to show who we truly are to others. We are instructed to share and pass on His love for positive changes. One act of kindness can transform a person’s day or even their life. There is always a great power in His name.

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