Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photographing the Seasons: Splashes

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One of the beautiful attributes of the fall season is watching the transition of colors from mostly green to reds, yellows, and oranges.   To me, it looks like God spilled a splotch of paint on the trees.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday's Words

"Fall's Beginning"
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"The fear of the Lord tendeth to life:
and that hath it shall abide satisfied;
he shall not be visited with evil."

- Proverbs 19:23

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday's Thought

There's something really special about community. Honestly, I think we were created for community.

Think back to creation. God created the heavens and the earth. He created the water and land. He created animals. And then He created man.

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After creating man, God began to ponder and realized something. Man shouldn't be alone. He should have a companion and thus Eve was created from Adam's rib.

It's an odd thought. Man was created and, afterwards, God thought it was bad for him to be alone.

So why do we try to shut people out? Why do we think we can go at it alone? Why do we get into the mindset that we don't need anyone but ourselves?

This goes against God's thinking.

We weren't meant to be alone. We were meant to be in a community of others. We were meant to live our lives with people.

We've got to get out of the mindset of it's me, myself, and I. It's not that way. Especially if you want to follow in the order of God's creation.

This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader and leadership blogger at Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. With him on Twitter or at his blog. Joseph also has a free eBook that you can own by clicking here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday's Thought

Mis-Direction or God Direction

God how You bless me with Your interruptions.

Your choices, Your words, Your dreams,
Your thoughts, Your love, Your timing!

A wrong turn? 
No, it’s the right one, look up ahead.

A wrong door? 
No, it’s the right one, see, it’s opening.

A wrong time? 
No, it’s the right time, hearts and minds are prepared.

Thank you Lord that I 
Took the wrong turn (Your way),
Opened the wrong door (Your will)
At the wrong time (Your time).

If I had not, I would have missed out on the blessing
You had prepared, just for me!

A mis-direction, most definitely not…

A perfectly timed and placed God direction.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday's Thought

Perfection. That's one of my
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worst traits and habits- trying to be perfect. I used to think, everything had to be perfect. From the books or magazines I bought in the store, to the friends I would make or hangout with to myself- I was hardest on myself- to the cars I bought- and the homes I would buy.  The list could go on.

Perfection kept me from being the happiest I could be. I didn't look for faults in others and didn't pay attention to the faults in others though they weren't nearly as perfect as I was you know- am joking. I was definitely hard on myself for not being perfect at everything I did.

So, when it came to being a Christian or becoming a Christian, I thought I had to be perfect and I knew, truthfully, that I could not do it. I knew every fault I have, everything that I did or wanted to do that wasn't "Christian."

Although I didn't hesitate to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord of my life, I had a hard time with that perfection thing.  Now, no where in the Bible does it say that I had to be perfect. God knows we can't do that on this earth. You can sin and do something that's not right, just by being a human.

The idea is to let go, let God, and He will form your life for His Purpose- For the better, as I often say.  It may not happen over night, trust me, but over time, you will notice His Hand in your life and you becoming the person God wants you to be.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday's Thought

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I have to admit, this subject has been on my mind for awhile. It's not that I don't want to share with you, because I do, but am trying to gather my thoughts and determine a way to say what I think without sounding rude or obnoxious.

Over the years of my life, I've not appreciated opinionated people who shoved their ideas or thoughts in my face as if not to care about my feelings - I don't work like that, especially after the years of having it done to me. Notice, I didn't say I don't appreciate opinionated people because I do- I love learning someone else's opinion but in an appropriate manner.

A few weeks ago, one of my friends, an older gentleman who I highly respect, reminded me of me of this subject so I am visiting it again.

What I've been thinking about is life, Salvation, and God's Love.

If you've been following or reading my blog for the past few years, you know my wife and I have had one family emergency after another. Not all at once, but since 2008, a year hasn't passed that a serious illness or death, including our furry children, hasn't affected one of our family members. 
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While I do not believe in being negative or whining about these events happening to us because life is what it is and you can't do a thing to change it- so I find something positive to hold onto- that can be almost anything you want. For me, God, my wife, and my dog are the happy parts in life.

A few lessons learned as a child have been going through my mind quite a 
bit lately. First, make things right with God. Don't wait until you get old or that "someday"- neither may come. Ask Him for forgiveness for the wrong things you've done. If you're sincere and believe, God will forgive you and you'll be with Him in heaven some day. 

Second, always take the time to say "I love you" and the "things you've always wanted to say" to someone you love- before it's too late. Always take the time to do stuff with those you love too. Don't put off that trip or going to the game or shopping- go and have fun, while there is time. Love your friends and family as if you may not seem them again. It's worth every minute of it. 

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My mother and father passed away due to an illness and an accident and my brother passed away suddenly. I spent time with my parents throughout life and have little regrets, if any. That, of course, doesn't include missing them. My brother and I weren't close. I don't miss him as much since I never saw him to start with. A common item among the three, is in one second, their lives were changed. Whether they were ready or not, there it came. 

How did my friend remind me of all this?  His loving wife fell and injured herself.  She is fine now- but my friend mentioned how everything was fine in one moment, and the next things weren't.  That's what happened in my family. 

Take the time to love.  Be prepared, as the Lord will return one day to take His Children home. Salvation is there for your asking.