Thoughts Of His Own Making

“No words to express, no substance to digest, no opinion to contest, no view from you to ingest… I sit dormant in the morn.   Not a single thing to say about this season or this day, not even a suggestion coming from your way is regarded as okay… I’d rather sit and sulk in scorn.    Pity myself, I will. It’s become such a … Continue reading Thoughts Of His Own Making

Memory

The man who broke her heart. The perfect moment in time. The day they plunged into the cold lake after two bottles of wine. The day he lost his fortune, after pissing it away. The night the bridge had closed after her brother jumped into the bay. The long line at the soup kitchen, where they ran out of supply before the man could get … Continue reading Memory

The Harboring

A young man walked into a bad situation one afternoon as he was confronted with an item found within the pocket of his pants. His grandmother was emptying the pockets before placing the pants in the washer. The item was used for something illegal. The young man’s grandfather waited until the boy had woken up from another night of partying before asking about the item. … Continue reading The Harboring

“Listen, Devil…”

My wife and I should have chosen our careers somewhere within criminal justice. We are both very interested in the forensics, psychology of the criminal mind and legal action, just to name a few aspects. We are very adamant and supportive of our judicial system, even though we both agree its representatives can be very corrupt. We support the rightful penalties of criminal actions, as … Continue reading “Listen, Devil…”

Yes, You Are Okay

You CAN be helped. The following is a writing from Denise Griswold. Lord knows the mind is vulnerable, but He has placed individuals here to help us understand it. You can change, and you can succeed. Through the strength of the Lord and a desire to get better, treatment has turned my life around. You too can live a better life! Believe! Have a blessed … Continue reading Yes, You Are Okay

Time For Me

I noticed this morning, like many other mornings and days I have had throughout my life, that I was starting to wander. My thoughts were taking me to places that were not of peace. It has taken me many years to undo those patterns within my mind that have done nothing but destroy me not only mentally, but physically. In turn, my gratitude and willingness … Continue reading Time For Me

“I Pity Da Fool!”

This short clip of a longer video was recently floating around a social media site.     When I was growing up, “The A-Team” was a television show I would periodically watch. Mr. T played B. A. Baracus in the show. He was a pretty exotic character in my young eyes. Mohawk, twenty pounds of gold around his neck, fists of precious metals and feathers … Continue reading “I Pity Da Fool!”

Life Is One Big Party

There was a man whose conversation became known within the stillness of the room. He was talking to another guy, but the conversation was easily heard within the silence. He was speaking to a man about partying the entire weekend after an Eagles concert. The Eagles are an American rock band formed in the seventies. They have some really good songs in my opinion. Talented … Continue reading Life Is One Big Party

The Opposing Self

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy … Continue reading The Opposing Self

His Timing Is Not Ours

There is a little creek not far from our home. The road that I travel in the morning on my way to work runs over the top of the creek. I had stopped the other day to admire the beauty. The way the sun was shining through the trees that morning captured my attention. I’m not sure where this body of water runs to? It … Continue reading His Timing Is Not Ours

What Happened To Our Relationship?

I woke very early this morning. It usually happens following a day of heavy physical labor. Yesterday was very demanding. Although I slept very well, I was up today around 2 A.M. The beginning of this day started out with some reading. I ran across an article about the false teachers within His Church, and how the antichrist is already here in the form of … Continue reading What Happened To Our Relationship?

Obscured By Our Clouds

The rains will come Take the trees and make a shelter The body will soil Take these waters and bathe. You will hunger Take these fruits and animals to consume You will tire Rest on my ground. The sun will shine Bask in its warmth You will need it for growth Observe. You will grow cold Take my timber from the rain You will need … Continue reading Obscured By Our Clouds

My Resonating Resistance

I vividly remember when my mother would comfort me as a kid when I would see people in wheelchairs. To see someone being wheeled around while everyone else was walking definitely pulled at my young heartstrings. It is a reminder of my early compassion for people. I sit this morning and think about just how that compassion for others has gone through its many transformations … Continue reading My Resonating Resistance

What is Church?

Something for His people to think about. I suggest reading the article and the comments. Think about where you are within the Body of Christ. Is the understanding of His Church something that you need to ask Holy Spirit to clarify? Be blessed brothers and sisters! https://frankviola.org/2009/08/18/why-i-love-the-church-in-praise-of-gods-eternal-purpose/ Continue reading What is Church?

Taming This Fallen Flesh

It really is a challenge at times to bridle this tongue of mine. I purposely place my writings within sight of those who have no belief in God. I do this in order to possibly ‘plant or water a seed’ (1 Corin. 3:6-8). I am called to proclaim the victory and Truth of Jesus Christ to the world, and one of the ways I do … Continue reading Taming This Fallen Flesh

“Good Seeing You Too.”

My best friend came by for a visit last night. Actually, I visited him. I needed him to assist in finding something illegal. I had a dream about my deceased buddy. I woke this morning thinking about the many times my deceased loved ones have appeared within my dreams. The conversations that we share. The usual strange aspects and details of our visits. The situations. … Continue reading “Good Seeing You Too.”

“I’m Not So Sure…”

My company hired a man as an outside sales representative a few years ago. He was a friendly man. He always seemed to have a smile on his face, and a kind word to say. As I got to know this man, I learned a few things about him. He had a terrible temper. The fits that he would throw at certain times were pretty … Continue reading “I’m Not So Sure…”

He Restores My Soul…

Do you ever recognize the mess that you create? I am recognizing mine this morning. Yesterday is the time when I rest. The work week is very strenuous and requires many long hours of physical labor. Saturdays are my day of doing as little as possible. Within my day of rest, many things still take place. I read, write, meditate, relax in my comfortable chair, … Continue reading He Restores My Soul…

“Did You Feel That?”

How emotions play a part in my walk with the Lord has always been a somewhat difficult question. There are so many times when I have great feelings of happiness while meditating on His Word, or speaking with others during fellowship. I have had the deepest sorrow while thinking about the hurts I have caused someone. There has been a passionate feeling of frustration, accompanied … Continue reading “Did You Feel That?”

It’s Time To Move On

I was walking through my place of employment the other day when something really hit me. A verse had entered my mind. I started to really meditate on what it says… Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. – Eph. 4:31 (NLT) There has been a deep rage stemming from a very unhealthy … Continue reading It’s Time To Move On

Our Need To Be Liked, No Matter The Cost

We pass the many homes lining the streets. At a glance, they are usually still. We see the exterior boundaries that surround an unknown world inside. In the evening, early morning or during a cloudy day, we may see a light through a window. We may occasionally catch a glimpse of movement. Those exterior walls guard against intruders. They provide safety and security. All of … Continue reading Our Need To Be Liked, No Matter The Cost

The Great Beginning Of An End

There is a certain feel that surrounds us this time of year. Here in the Ohio valley, we welcome the cool nights. The golden glow of the setting sun, now leaning further towards the southern horizon. Different colors are now replacing the lush greens of our rolling hills. There is a shortened time of light between the end of labors, and the beginning of settling … Continue reading The Great Beginning Of An End

I’m Never Hungry Or Thirsty. Are You?

The Bread from Heaven 22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except that one which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone— 23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the … Continue reading I’m Never Hungry Or Thirsty. Are You?

This Too Shall Pass

I pulled over on my way home from work today, and just spent some time being mindful of His ever-changing world. The splendor of His life. Today was difficult. It really is going to be different from here, until I don’t know when? I had to put something away for now. I had to put it down. A relationship that I have held onto for … Continue reading This Too Shall Pass

The Exterior Covers A Degenerate Interior

Home renovation is taking an existing home, stripping it of the old and adding something new. Remodeling the interior or exterior. The process is a time-consuming feat that involves planning, labor, material purchases, and a step-by-step order of application. We take the ideas that we have and execute a process that ends up being very rewarding. A fresh new look. Flipping homes is a popular … Continue reading The Exterior Covers A Degenerate Interior

“But I Don’t See God?!”

“I won’t believe it until I see it.” How often have we heard or said this? We won’t believe John will stop feeding his children the traditional Friday night pizza, until we see it happen. We sure will not believe that Jane will stop flirting with every guy at the office until we see it. We need confirmation. We need proof. We must have a … Continue reading “But I Don’t See God?!”

The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

There has been many bad habits I have developed throughout my life. It started with a simple beginning. That first time I had chosen to smoke a cigarette, drink a cup of coffee, snort a line of meth, or say that first curse word. All of these things transformed into a lengthy battle within that I would lose, many times over. All of these things … Continue reading The Fractured Lens Of Our Focus

A Day Just Like Any Other

I’ll never forget where I was when I had heard that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. It was a Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001. I was outside loading a delivery truck for the company I had been working for. The radio was on as I was loading items in the cab of the truck. The actual sound of the impact … Continue reading A Day Just Like Any Other

Do You Truly Know Who And What You Are In Christ Jesus?

I have a friend who had put this together, and it has helped me tremendously in my understanding. I hope that it brings you peace. I pray that it aids in bringing you closer to Him. Who Am I ? This list itemize in first-person language who you really are and what you enjoy in Christ. You can’t earn these qualities any more than you … Continue reading Do You Truly Know Who And What You Are In Christ Jesus?

He Stands At My Door

It has been yet another long work week, and I have been so incredibly thankful for this day of rest. I woke at 2 A.M. this morning, which is not even close to the time I’d wished to get up on a Saturday. This past week has been very hard on my body. But, I woke up and spent some time writing, reading and just … Continue reading He Stands At My Door

His Cocktail Of Chaos

There is a guy I have known for nearly ten years. A quiet man who obviously lives with a lot of frustration. He is in his late fifties, has no children, has never been married and lives alone. I know a few things about him that have really made my heart bleed for him on more than one occasion. From the little I have gathered … Continue reading His Cocktail Of Chaos

Let It Go

It is hard to sit and think about a situation that someone is going through, and not be able to say a word to them about what could be done in order for their pain to be relieved. To know just how to reach a point of healing by taking the right steps. When you have “been there and done that,” it is already water … Continue reading Let It Go

Running Away From The Unknown

I remember one particular day back when I was in high school. I had decided to leave the school through a side door. I used to do that often. I would show up, attend a few classes and then leave for the day. I probably had a pack of cigarettes and a little bit of cannabis, so I was okay. It was usually all that … Continue reading Running Away From The Unknown

We Are One

My wife is a bit concerned about our son. He no longer wants to go to youth group at a church. “Why?” I have been asking myself this for the last few hours. Why is she so concerned? I have my theories. I truly believe that she worries about his well-being, his relationship with the Lord as well as him making the right decisions. I … Continue reading We Are One

Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds

We are greedy, are we not? We have an insatiable appetite for more. We must acquire! But really, how much is enough? Are we ever fulfilled? I have a different appetite than the next guy. We are all unique, and we all have different needs. I don’t need a Jaguar to transport myself to a six-figure place of employment, but my neighbor does. Perhaps he … Continue reading Our Needs Vs. Our Greeds