I listen to a lot of music, especially on the weekends. I can honestly say that I’ve been through just about every genre the world has to offer, with the exception of the one’s that I cannot tolerate. Music has always been a part of me. I recall my house always being filled with an ambiance of a beat of some sort. My mother and … Continue reading In Tune With You
This morning, I took a look at the archives of my writings. The following is the first post I ever put out there for the world to read. As I reflect back on where I’ve been, where I am now and where I would like to go, I keep Christ at center. He is the rock that I stand upon. I pray this morning that … Continue reading A Place of Peace
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…”
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
Here’s some honesty. I purposely do not follow certain Christians on WordPress for one simple reason: They make me feel like I’m not good enough. There are a few categories that I follow, and I find many writings within these categories from individuals all over the world. Different interpretations of His Word. Different feelings of what the meaning is. Lots of personal opinions. Lots of … Continue reading Only He Knows The Heart
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
After performing a quick life expectancy Google search, Wikipedia claims that the average American man is expected to live 76.9 years. This claim has shown me that my life is passed the halfway mark. Although the statistics show this, no one can say for sure how long any of us will live. Some of the earliest memories that I have are of my mothers’ parents … Continue reading Nothing In This World Lasts Forever
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As things in my life are being dismantled, the destructive things, the things that I no longer find beneficial, I often put those things down and leave them alone. For a long time, maybe a year or so, I had a terrible habit that I truly hated. I would deliberately not purchase this habit, or engage in it. Many times… Continue reading Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
It is getting close to Halloween. The sound of footsteps, as they crush and kick the fallen leaves, will soon fill the evening. The knocks on the door will echo throughout our home. I will soon gaze through the glass of my entryway, observing the eager youngsters who await the handouts. A partially-filled bag or pail will be presented, and the sweets will be dropped … Continue reading What I Have Allowed In
My kids are just that; kids. They are rambunctious, rebellious at times and full of energy that cannot be contained. They drive their mother and I up the wall. We get frustrated with them. Our patience is pushed to the limits. We sometimes find ourselves raising our voices, taking privileges away and grounding them. Some days are easier than others when it comes to dealing … Continue reading “You Really Get On My Nerves, But I Still Love You!”
There are actually many gods in our lives. Little ones. Little idols that we believe have little, or no control over us. We can proclaim Lord as Lord, but what about the things that lord over us? Should they go without mention, or unrecognized? There was a time when cannabis has great control within my life. I lived for it. It was a necessity. I … Continue reading My Sweet, Precious Necessities!
Really?! Pain and suffering. Physical, mental, and Spiritual. I have heard it so many times. “You need to get right with the Lord in order for that pain to go away!” I read this today, and it is, in my humble opinion, great insight. We are going to have pain and suffering for reasons we may never know. There are tools in His creation that … Continue reading “Your Mental Illness Comes From Not Loving God Enough.”
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
Our own toxicity is sometimes what keeps us from moving forward. I had a brief talk with a co-worker yesterday about what we choose to fill our lives with, and how those things affect us. The conversation started out by me saying something that was interpreted as negative, and it was. I was very tired yesterday when first arriving. Unable to accurately recognize emotions in … Continue reading Sometimes, Life Just Sucks!
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 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?!”
Enjoy the blessings of a new day! There is splendor to be observed. Continue reading Autumn Is Nearing
When we are facing a trying time, whether it be a struggle within that seems to have no remedy. A time of unanswered prayer. A situation which tears our emotions to shreds. The uneasiness caused by a lack of understanding. Whatever the case, we must remember who cares. Sometimes we have very few who care. Many times, people are so focused on themselves that they … Continue reading My Darkness Is Never Void Of Light
I sometimes hate weekends. My wife has a third-shift job that she works on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. My kids go to their grandparent’s house for the weekend most of the time. Saturday is a day of rest for me, and let me tell you, it is a much needed time for me. I have a very physical job, so rest is something that I … Continue reading Personal Struggles Are Sometimes Revealing, And Refining
A look through my personal lens. The work of God is everywhere. Have you noticed? Continue reading His Artwork Speaks
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?
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
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
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
Another day of His choosing. He has blessed me with another day, and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful for the things that He has been showing me this past week. I watched a few good movies over the weekend, and they really spoke to me. They were movies that had a message of the healing power of the Lord. I didn’t … Continue reading The Signs That We Keep Passing By
A writing by Terry “Going To Church” is Not in the Bible There is nothing righteous about a building. There is also nothing righteous about a home or a living room. Most people agree that the building where people meet is not the church. It’s funny though how 99 out of 100 individuals will emphatically nod their head and say “Right, the building is not … Continue reading “How Do We Get There?”
Why is it that I cannot find a church that speaks His truth? Only some truths, with a man-made spin? Why is it that the Shepherds are paid? Why is it that Jesus never stood in front of a podium, told people to give ten percent, never had His members… wait, “members?” Where did He say to become a member of a group? Did we … Continue reading Questions From A Searching Saved Soul
There is a non-fiction series that I have been watching off and on about a man who is awaiting his date of execution. It tells the story of his life as he was growing up, and it explains the progressive life of crime that led him to his current location on death row. It explains the situations that led him to make the poor decisions … Continue reading Breaking Through The Confines Of A Hardened Heart
There is definitely a reason why kids are running our streets at night. My young teen years were absolutely great. I was always running from here to there. I had a motorized scooter that I would ride all over town. I had a great amount of freedom. Way too much. I also had every opportunity to visit many harmful environments. If I needed drugs and … Continue reading Because We Can!
There was a certain kid in my grade as I was growing up who always had to win. Basketball was his favorite thing to do, and he was always practicing in the parking area behind his home. When we would play at school, I remember the kid yelling about bad plays, or bad shots. He was always so frustrated with everyone, and I’m sure it … Continue reading The Competition Within Ourselves
I lived within a dysfunctional family. I was once engaged to a woman who had a mother with many problems. Her mom would stay with us for extended periods of time. She was addicted to opiates, and had a plastic pill container full of the daily doses of her medications. Way too many to count. I remember the Tupperware containers full of her prescriptions that … Continue reading Our Deadly Combination
There are some things that are not very good for us. For instance, it is not wise to eat fried foods all of the time. Although it may be delicious, it has numerous ways of harming our health. We may choose to smoke heavily, and that also has its consequences. If we were to drive over flooded roads during heavy rains, we would run the … Continue reading Reaping What We Have Sown
There is a part of the westside of my city that has a large population of homeless people. Several times a week, I drive past these men and women who are on the street corners. With a cardboard sign in their hand, along with a dejected expression upon their faces, they wait for a handout. The signs read, “God bless,” or “Anything helps.” Some appear … Continue reading Driving Past A Man Like Me
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. When I was growing up, my grandfather and I would go fishing at times. We would load some fishing gear in the back of his pick-up and head out to a little pond … Continue reading Teaching His Children To Fish For Joy
Throughout the past week, my family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We had made a plan to visit a destination along the Gulf of Mexico many months back. It was a goal that my wife and I had that involved many hours of labor, planning and preparation. We are here, enjoying the executed plan, and spending our time away from the home … Continue reading The Gifts That We Take For Granted
The memories of my grandfather and his work shed. There was an addition off to the side of a one car garage that was made into his work area. The small space was a place where he frequently spent his time. As a young boy, I would venture out to watch my grandpa work on little projects. A grinding wheel mounted on an old green … Continue reading Collected Fragments Of My Time
Wow. For the last few hours, I have been going through some of the blog posts on WP about religion/ God / Jesus / Apologetics / Calvinism / denominations, et cetera, and I must say that there are a lot of people who must be, “God Himself.” Yes, I am being blatantly sarcastic, and the basis is built upon the findings of so many claiming … Continue reading Choosing Our “Childlike Faith”
Stop trying to enter His favour. Enter His rest. Continue reading Stop trying to enter His favour. Enter His rest.
“With a healthy self-esteem, we like ourselves because of who we are and not because of what we can or cannot do. On the other hand, low self-esteem fosters many unhealthy behaviors. Even though we might become aware of these behavioral problems, it’s often a difficult task to change them unless the root of the problem, low self-esteem, is dealt with first.” – Dr. Vincent … Continue reading The Root Of Low Self-Esteem
As things in my life are being dismantled, the destructive things, the things that I no longer find beneficial, I often put those things down and leave them alone. For a long time, maybe a year or so, I had a terrible habit that I truly hated. I would deliberately not purchase this habit, or engage in it. Many times over though, I would give … Continue reading Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Today I woke up. Praise God for another day. It is no surprise to me that I have been going through difficult times lately. I don’t mean in the material world. My life is very blessed with the things that I need. I work hard for what I have. What I mean by difficult times is what is going on within me. I have been … Continue reading A Place of Peace