Sharing Your Small Feats

Good Monday Morning my friends,

Do you have friends that talk to you only when they need something? Yea, God has a lot of those too….so don’t feel like you’re the only one.. God will always be with you from now until throughout eternity. Do not to allow this knowledge to numb its impact on your consciousness. God’s Presence with you can be a continual source of Joy, springing up and flowing out in streams of abundant life. You should let your mind reverberate the meanings of His Names: Jesusthe Lord saves, and EmmanuelGod with us. You should strive to remain conscious of His Presence not only in your brightest moments but in the dullest ones also. Speak to Him about whatever delights you, whatever upsets you, whatever is on your mind. It’s these tiny steps of daily discipline taken one after the other that will keep you close to Him and on the right path of Life.

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

I can remember when my boys where toddlers and they would go outside & play, Keri would insist on us sitting outside and watching them. I always thought, WHY?? It wasn’t like we were in unfamiliar surroundings. Heck I grew up on the street. I knew everyone & everyone knew me, but still she wanted to make sure they were ok. I remember that they were always exploring their boundaries.. They would tell us to LOOK & WATCH this!! Most of the time they were doing things that as adults we would consider not big deal. They were doing things like jumping off a curb, hanging on the lowest branch of a tree, showing how high they could jump or how fast they could run… Small things that they were learning to do but yet significant enough for them to want us to take notice.. They wanted to share it with us..
Keri & I will celebrate our 23rd Anniversary on August 3rd… It seems like only yesterday that we were walking down the aisle. I hate to admit it but for most of our marriage, I let my self-centeredness be the most important thing in our marriage. I went and had fun with my my buddies at her expense.. She never complained or acted as if she were dissatisfied (not that it would’ve changed anything) because she loved me.. In all of my wisdom, I knew that she would be at home waiting for me when I was finished. I’m ashamed that I took her for granted so much… In my shallowness, I thought that she would be home waiting for me because of the life that I was giving her. I thought that she could never have the same life without me… I KNOW… SHALLOW huh… Trust me, I know it has nothing to do with what I have to offer… She was there because she LOVES me .. She LOVES me despite of me…. Her love for me is selfless & unconditional…. It’s AGAPE… Reality is that she could’ve easily had a much better life that what I was giving her.. There are men out there that would’ve given there eye teeth to have a woman like her..

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.” (Psalm 139:16-18)

My friends, I’m learning that God wants us to be like my boys were when they were small. He wants us to say….look at me….look at me….not just with the HUGE things but with the small insignificant things as well. He wants constant contact…. God doesn’t love us because of what we have to offer Him.. He loves us despite of us. We often take God for granted even more than I did Keri.. We use Him and our salvation as a “Get out of Jail FREE” card. We live our life the way we want to because we know He will be there. Something tells me with that kind of thinking perhaps we should question our salvation.

Was I serious?

Did I change?

Did I have temporary change or permanent change?

Behavioral change- heart change=temporary change.. GET OUT OF JAIL FREE

Heart change + behavioral change=permanent change…..SALVATION

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU….

I hope you have a MAGNIFICENT day….. Blessings & much love…..D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24…

#last24

Get Connected to You Savior

Good Sunday Morning my friends,

Are you connected? How are you connected? Do you ever get tired of being connected?The technology that we have at our finger tips is mind blowing. Smart phones, handheld devices & mini computers have changed our lives. They allow us to communicate instantly with people from all over on the world at a moments notice. We can text message, instant message (IM), SKYPE, Face Time and more. These things keep us “connected”.
Where cell phones have changed our lives, mobile apps are changing the way we live day to day. There appears to be apps for almost everything that you can imagine and if there’s not one now there will be within months or weeks… In some ways technology has caused as many problems as it had solved. It has become a 24/7 convenience. There’s no away time. Between emails, text msgs and notifications from social media, these things have come to monopolize our valuable time.
I hate to admit it but my devices monopolize my time.. I’M GUILTY!!! My iPhone & iPad are always within my reach. In fact, while I’m sitting on the couch watching tv with my family, they’re always on my lap so I can scan my Facebook & Twitter feed. Until recently when we go out to dinner, my cell phone was ALWAYS in my hand or on the table. Now I leave it in the car.. If I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, the first thing I do is grab my phone to scan FB. Being connected to the world 24/7 has caused so many problems in families. In my house alone there have been feelings of neglect, lack of communication, and lack of importance… I’m learning to disconnect. My phone goes on DO NOT DISTURB @ 6pm… Phone calls go straight to voicemail without notifications.. No notification of new emails or text msgs.. There have been so many times when I’ve wanted to just throw my phone out the window while driving down the road. Being connected to the world is not worth the negative impact that it creates in my life…
I just want to be able to lie down in the green pastures of Peace. To unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of my Shepherd. I want to disconnect so I can connect more with Him. Being connected occupies my time and makes it difficult for me to seek & find my Lord. I have wasted so much time & energy always being connect and on the go when I would rather be spending time to seeking my Savior for direction.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalms 23:1-3)

I am going to disconnect more so that I can walk with God down the paths of Peace. I want to show others how they to can blaze a trail to live in His peaceful Presence.. I’m going to start depending on Him more and being connected less.

“To shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:79)

My CHALLENGE to you… Disconnect from the world & connect with God & your family…

I hope you all have a beautiful day…. Blessings & much love…..D

Live your life like its your LAST 24….

#Last 24

Crossroads Should Not be A Difficult Decision

Good Saturday Morning my friends,

Have you ever had the feeling that your life is order? You’re where God wants you to be. All the clutter removed… Every “t” crossed and “I” dotted. It’s a great feeling.. I’ve had this feeling before but every time I felt this way a crossroad seem to come up next. I believe God places crossroads in our life because they’re important.. They’re an opportunity for growth or change.. In my past when I’ve found myself at a crossroad, I’ve always done the same thing. I pretended to weigh my options and then chose the easiest path. The path with the least resistance. Why is that? Why take the easy out? Why would I not want to put my best effort towards life? I never took the easy road with work.. BUT life is different than work… In life we really do have choice.. At work, you really don’t.. I think with life, too many times we let our fear of what lies ahead or at the end of the road cripple us.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

I no longer worry about crossroads. I’ve found that the closer I move to God the more my path to which I’m suppose to travel is revealed. I’m no longer perplexed by the decision which way to go because now by the time I get to the flashing red light God has already revealed to me which way to go. Constant communication with God through prayer is such a blessing.. I no longer ask for things I want but now I go to him for thanksgiving & reverence…

When I find myself at a crossroad, I remember the lyrics from this beautiful song….

Some say life is just a series of decisions
We make choices, We live and learn.
Now I’m standing at a crossroads
And I must choose which way to turn.
Down the one road lies all the world can offer
All its fortune its wealth and fame
Down the other is just a man with nail scars in His hands
But there is mercy in his eyes and there is power in His Name…….

I choose Jesus , I choose Jesus
Without a solitary Doubt I choose Jesus.
Not for miracles, but for loving me.
Not just for Bethlehem but for Calvary
Not for a day but for Eternity
I choose Jesus.

My CHALLENGE to you.. Choose Jesus at your crossroad….

I hope you all have an awesome day. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24

Change is Not a Bad Thing..

It’s Friday but SUNDAY’S COMING….

Good Evening my friends,

It’s been a busy day… It’s been a busy week… In fact it’s been a busy 2-3 weeks. This time of the year is by far my favorite time of the year to be selling flowers.. Not because it’s busy but because the largest selection of flowers are in abundant supply and the array of color are absolutely amazing.. Over last 18 months, my time has been occupied.. Between the 7 surgeries and the recovery time, the 3 months of chemotherapy and the 25 radiation treatments my plate has been full. For the first time in my life, I put my job on auto-pilot and focused primarily on winning my battle against cancer.
I’ve never been one to back down from a fight yet alone a challenge. In fact, where most people discourage change, I’ve always had a tendency to initiate it.. Where most people view change as something bad, I view it as a way to improve.. The last 3 weeks have brought plenty of changes at the store. I’ve totally revamped the way I purchase flowers with a much more hands-on everyday approach.. I’ve changed the pricing structure up which now relies on volume moving out our doors rather than trying to sell each flower at the highest possible price… As a result, there has been a dramatic 15% reduction in our prices. We have totally revamped the layout of our store, which in turn will help us operate a lot more efficiently..
I’m not sure what my employees thought when I walked in, calked a meeting and told them we were changing the way we do business. I informed them that we were throwing our complacency in the trash, putting our fighting armor back on and we’re going to war. We are taking back what belongs to us.. I told them they had the choice of either embracing the changes that will put us back on TOP with total dominance or they could jump ship and go be complacent somewhere else.
I don’t like having to draw a line in the sand but there are times in life when we are forced to do just that. If someone dares to step across the line you must be willing to smack them upside the head with a 2 x 4 to make them realize you’re serious…
I hope that my competition has enjoyed their run because it’s officially over.. You are headed back to the place where you belong.. I’M BACK!!!! My mind is sharper than ever. My laser-like focus is honed in on my target and we’re aimed and ready to shoot.. Our target is the TOP and WE ARE ON OUR WAY..

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. “(Ecclesiastes 9:10)

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Embrace your change…

I hope you all had a FANTASTIC day.. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24

Youth is Wasted on the Young

Good Thursday Morning my friends,

 

About 25 years ago I was told by someone whom was much older than myself, “that youth is wasted on the young.” When I first heard that I remember thinking, “shut up you old fart.” I took that as if he was slamming me personally.. He was lucky that I didn’t smack him up side his old gray-haired head. The lessons we learn in life have a way of making us realize how dumb you were when we were young and at other phases in our life.. Now that I’m 45, I understand exactly what the older gentlemen was saying. He wasn’t slamming me. He was saying that when we are young we have strength and stamina but we were are older that we have knowledge, wisdom & insight.. Imagine how productive we could be if we had the strength and stamina in our older years..

“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” (Proverbs 20:29)

There’s no telling how many lessons that life would’ve taught me had I just been willing to listen. Instead I refused. I took criticism personally.. I got mad.. I got my feelings hurt.. I pouted and stayed mad for days.. I didn’t want my weaknesses to be revealed. Heck I was like everyone else. I wanted to think that I already knew them but in reality then only thing I knew about them were that those were the things that were going to take the most work. I finally learned that the difference between being average and being my best was my willingness to work on my weaknesses. My weaknesses had to become my strengths before I could ever have the opportunity to reach my fullest potential. I had to first focus on my weaknesses.

“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31)

Life has always had a way of teaching me things when I needed it the most.. The right people crossed my path, the right conversations occurred, the right critics were placed and I faced the right valleys.. As I look back I can see that it was God’s perfect timing… He was directing my life as if he was in front of a symphony directing an orchestra.. I love the wisdom and insight that I have been blessed with over the years.. It is my goal to continue to grow and reach new levels of insight.. My hair could not get anymore gray so I guess God decided for me to go white and then to start removing..

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:20-21)

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for you… Work on your weaknesses so that you may reach your fullest potential..

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day.. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24

The Joys of Being A Parent

Good Wednesday Morning my friends,

I love being a dad.. It’s everything that I thought it was going to be and then some. The joy that my boys bring to my life every day far outweighs the difficult and frustrating days that they give me from time to time. I say that with a smile because they ALWAYS go to their nurturer for their soft place to fall and there’s nothing wrong with that. They know that Keri will listen to them and that I’m going to lay down the facts… Sometimes they just frustrate me and when they do most of time they dog-pile me on the same day.. They have their days when they can be relentless with negativity and unwilling to listen to anything with reason once they get something in their mind.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”(Psalm 127:3-5)


Those days are few and far In between but on those days I do my best to use those moments to teach them how to deal with “problems”, “situations”, “disappoints” & “set backs”.. I put quotations around those words because teenagers barely brush the surface of true problems. When I think about teenager troubles/problems, I usually think to myself, “you haven’t seen anything YET…” I do my best to take myself back 25-30 years and determine how I would teach myself those lessons and be receptive.. A lot of the times it doesn’t start out positive.. They usually don’t want to hear what I have to say but after not speaking to me for a day or two they done to the realization that my advice is out of love..

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”(Ephesians 6:4)


I don’t claim to have all the answers for their life but I do know that I don’t want them to go through the same struggles that I went through as an adult.. If I could get them to clear their minds and just listen & think about what I’m saying, they will find that their dear old dad isn’t trying to be the bad guy. They will see that I’m not trying to make their decisions for them or that I’m not trying to live their life for them or live MY life through them.. I want them to make their own decisions and for them to be the right decisions. I want their life to be easier from 30-60 not from 18-23. I want them to understand that the decisions they make from 18-23 will impact their life forever.. As parents Keri & I want them to trust that they can use our hindsight as their foresight so that they can make the correct choice in life…

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…. Pass your wisdom to your child in a loving way…

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL day.. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24

Your Testimony Can Make A Difference

Good Tuesday Morning my friends

You just never know what a day will bring you.. I love writing my devotional blog, sharing my words, my world and telling the people how Jesus has changed my life. I’ve had several people private message me and tell me that I shouldn’t post in detail about my past, about the things that I’ve done and how I hurt Keri and my boys..

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11)

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My past is an open book. I own it… Although My past has been washed clean by the blood of Jesus I still own everything mistake that I made and every time I broke my family’s heart.. I ran from it long enough. I no longer run from it because I did when I was going through it. I blamed everyone but myself and I was good at passing the buck. In fact my lies were so convincing that our “Christian” marriage counselor gave me the green light to continue living the life I was living and blamed Keri. I remember that day like it was yesterday.. I remember it because I will NEVER FORGET the look on Keri’s face. It will be embedded in my mind forever.. As we we walked to the car, she looked as if all the wind had been taken out of her sail. She had just been punched in the stomach by someone that should’ve been on her side..

Jesus said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19)

I don’t post about my past to glorify it or to boast about it. I post about my past because I believe that there are both men and women out there that are in the midst of living the same lie I did. I believe that there are both men and women out there that are going through the motions just like I did.. I believe there are people that are having the same experiences as me. I believe that there are people out there that could possibly read my words some morning or day and then make the decision to change their lives forever.. They will decide to invite Jesus into their heart..

Jesus said, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.” (John 8:14)

My words don’t always flow with ease. In fact it has taken me almost 3 hours to get to this point. I don’t always know what I’m going to write about.. Nor do I know that if by the time I finish if the subject matter will be even remotely close to the subject that I started out writing about. I do my best to let the Holy Spirit guide me words… I do my best to deliver a message that a lost soul can relate it to their life.

“Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” (1 John 5:5-8)

My CHALLENGE PRAYER for you…. Be bold be and share your past, it could help someone.

I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day.. Blessings & much love….D

Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!!

#last24.

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