You sure can’t fix others. There has been an ongoing struggle between myself and a loved one that I have been writing about lately. Once again, we are at a standstill. Joe and I, not the real name of the person but what I will call them, have been fighting a serious battle. Long story short, Joe and I have a hard time letting things … Continue reading I’m Tired…
“Not listening.” Something I have struggled with throughout my life. Purposely shutting my ears off. Shutting people out. Not wanting to hear the other person. As I’m growing older, I find myself at times wandering off as I’m listening to others speak. My brain begins to focus on a thought and I totally miss what I was trying to hear. I need to work on … Continue reading “I’m Not Changing!!”
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
I scribbled a short note to myself and placed it on the instrument panel in my car several months ago. I see it nearly everyday. I need it daily. Sometimes thoughts take me to places far from remaining in a good place. I pray this morning that you also remain at peace, in love, in a similar “good place” with God, yourself and others. Continue reading My Choice…
The wind is blowing so hard outside this morning. I can hear the house crackling in various places. It sounds like the rushing waves of the ocean are crashing out there. A trash can is beating about the alley that runs behind our house. Our wind chime seems to be very busy. I had let my dog out and looked up to see an edge … Continue reading Is He A Brave Man?
Turkey, ham, dressing, corn casserole, hash brown casserole, green bean casserole, turkey and dumplings, sweet potatoes, deviled eggs, rolls, pie, many desserts of numerous kinds, washed down with a bit of wine and water. Picking through the sweets as I walk around the dishes that our family had brought, after I had already stuffed myself to the brim! Ughhh… The Thanksgiving holiday is usually accompanied … Continue reading The Miserable Consequence
Our selfishness is our demise. This morning I was on the deteriorating social networking site called Facebook. In my experience, the world is becoming more and more consumed by the opposite of selflessness, and the occasional scrolls through the feed on the site are often a reminder. Sure, there are many good things about the site. We can keep up with distant family, share in … Continue reading What We Feed Ourselves
Something really spoke to me this morning. I thought I would take a few minutes to write about something that I find within myself, and maybe you do too? That nasty thing that God hates; Pride. It may be a little harsh to say that God hates pride. I’m only going there because it’s evident that He most certainly wasn’t okay with it when He … Continue reading The Atrocities Of Our Pride
Yesterday was a true blessing. A loved one and I have been in the process of rekindling our relationship. It has been a lengthy process that started in a little office on the eastside of our city with a certified mediator. Linda has been a licensed therapist for nearly forty years, and she has been a huge player in the progress my loved one and … Continue reading His Relentless Attack
I pray that you see His completion today… Continue reading Are You Cleansed, Or Still Holding Onto The Filth?
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?
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
The leaves have been changing colors for a several weeks now, and many of them are starting to fall. I was walking up the walk which leads to my front porch steps yesterday, when I saw a single leaf fall to the ground. That one leaf had a lot of meaning. Everything that lives has and end time. We begin to perish as soon as … Continue reading Rise Before The Fall
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
I had read a suggestion from a blogger the other day who’d commented on a post someone had written. He or she had suggested that the blogger open the Bible to a random page, read the first thing that the eyes focus on, and meditate on it. He or she had recommended that the blogger do this as part of developing a deeper relationship with … Continue reading Being Aware Of His Signals
An inspirational writing by Hanna K. Brinnier https://www.theodysseyonline.com/not-good-christian-nor-will-ever Continue reading Are You Really Good Enough?
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…”
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…
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 Monday, and I am just waking up. I am sitting and thinking about many things. Yesterday was a great day of fellowship with a friend of mine. It was a good feeling this morning to stop and think about the friendship and lessons we had taught each other. I’m thinking about the wasted years. Those years of filling my life with filth. The opposite … Continue reading Just A Thought
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
May His light bring you peace throughout another day of choices. I pray that you find refuge in His loving presence, and choose to see His gifts. Continue reading Morning Dew
The countdown clock to the opening production. The lights, fog, perfectly tuned sound, huge monitors, nicely dressed performers and the perfectly scripted commentaries. Maybe after this, a plate or basket is passed as someone is desperately trying to convince everyone that a tenth is required to be given to the church. Then, another performance commences. The moment everyone has been waiting for. The front-and-center man … Continue reading What Is Your Walk Rooted In?
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 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?
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
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
“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?!”
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
Why waste a day of His gifts? We choose our focus. Focus on His joy. Happy Friday! Continue reading Simple Truth
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! -Psalm 27:14 (ESV) Sounds easy enough, right? Wait for the Lord to heal a loved one of cancer? Wait for the Lord to bring us peace after the death of a loved one? Wait for the Lord to take the heroin addiction away from a brother? We want it … Continue reading In His Time
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
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?
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
Is it impossible to know God? We as humans have this deep and burning desire to figure Him out. As Christ-followers, we desperately try to know His heart, know His ways, know His plan, know His Word, know what we should do, know His will, know His thoughts. We desire to know everything there is to know about Him. There are so many different teachers, … Continue reading We Are (Supposed To Be) United
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
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
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
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
Why do we complicate this life that God has given us? It was a marvelous world when I was very young. I had a very peaceful place that I would visit quite often called “grandma and grandpa’s house,” and they had a very big yard that I would explore. There were many different types of trees, beautiful rose bushes, a garden full of different types … Continue reading A Clearer View Of My Yesterdays
Sometimes others just need a buddy. I have a friend who is quite a bit older than me. We have known each other for well over thirty years. When I was very young, my buddy was already an adult. He was always walking around the neighborhood, and never wandered far from his home. An accident had left him with multiple injuries to his brain and … Continue reading A Friend For Life