Walking with Confidence

Good Morning my friends,

God wants to be central in your entire being. When your focus is firmly on Him, His Peace displaces ALL fears and worries. Your fears & worries will encircle you, they will seek to gain entrance into your thoughts so you must stay alert. Let trust and thankfulness stand guard, turn your back on your fears and worries before they can gain a foothold. There is no fear in God’s Love, which shines on you continually. Sit quietly in His Love-Light, so He can bless you with His Radiant Peace. Turn your whole being to trusting and loving Him.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)


It’s amazing the peace that God brings you when you focus solely on Him. ALL your fears and worries seem to roll off you like water off a ducks back. It’s as though they don’t even exist. They’re still there but your frame of mind is different. The difference is that now you’re able to walk with confidence because you’re walking with the Lord..

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Walk with confidence with God..

I hope you have an AMAZING day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

Be Still & Know He is God

It’s FRIDAY but Sunday’s COMING!!!

Good Morning my friends,

Relax and be healed in His Holy Presence. Be still while God transforms your heart and mind. Let go of the cares and worries of the world, so that you can receive God’s Peace. Stop striving for worldly pleasures and know that Our Lord is God. Don’t be like the Pharisee’s whom made the own rules to create their own form of “godliness” or like the false teachers of today that use Scripture out of context to do the same. Men have allowed themselves to get so wrapped up in their own form of “godliness” that they have lost sight of Him. Man-made rules on how to live a Christian life only enslave people. Those rules are focused on performance, rather than on God. It is ONLY through knowing God intimately that you’re able to rely upon Him. This requires spending time alone with Him daily. Let go, relax, be still, and know that He is God.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

I love that God has a sense of humor. He tells us in the Bible to be still & to relax, when He knows good & well that most of us are ADHD and want things instantly. I get so impatient with my walk. I want to be like Billy Graham now. I don’t want it to be 20 years from now. I want it today. In about 3 weeks, I will be 46 years old and after 22 years of dedication, commitment & service to my employer in an industry that I love and hold dear to my heart, I find myself facing a crossroad within the next 30 days that I NEVER thought I would ever have to face… I always felt that when I finally retired it would be from the corporate offices in Brighton, Colorado however I find myself not on the elevator going up to the next level of executive management but instead being forced to take the stairs to my previous level..
I could easily look back over the last 22 years and say what a waste of time but instead I’m chose to look at the amazing relationships that I’ve been able to build that goes way beyond business. I’m not even going to begin to explain or write about all the different feelings that have raced through my mind over the last couple of days. Some I would be proud to talk about but there are others that…..well let’s just say they weren’t where they need to be… I have gone to God each time and ask Him to forgive me of those thoughts and to give me the comfort and peace that only He can bring.. I can honestly say as I write this blog that I am at peace.. It’s not my place to understand the moves that are being made from the corporate offices since I wasn’t ever placed in the position to make those type of decisions but instead I accept my designated role and do what I’ve done since day one which is to give my best at my designated position.. Whether it be management, bucket washer, or sales representative. The effort will be the same no matter what, the only thing missing will be the responsibility…
I remind myself daily that God has His very own plan not only for my journey but my transformation as well.. He looks at me daily and says, “you need to learn this first”… I’m fine with learning the lessons that God wants to teach me. I love that God is moving and working in my life. I have a lifetime ahead of me for God to shape me into His perfect creation while I’m on my journey and it will be according to His timeframe and not mine. I’m just gonna sit back, relax, continue to learn and KNOW that He is God..

 

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

 

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Embrace your journey and be still and know that He is God..

I hope you have a FANTASTIC day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

God is My Doorman

Good Morning my friends,

God is involved in each moment in your life. He has carefully mapped out every inch of your journey through this day and everyday even though it may feel haphazard. It seems this way because we live in a fallen world.. Your day may seem to be unraveling around the edges but you must trust that God’s Way is perfect, even in the midst of all its messy imperfections. Stay conscious of God as you go through your messy day, remembering that He never leaves your side. Let the Holy Spirit guide you step by step, taking you from unnecessary trials and equipping you to get through whatever you must be endured. As you trudge through the sludge of this fallen world, keep your mind in heavenly places with God. Thus the Light of His Presence will shine on you, giving you Peace and Joy that circumstances cannot touch.

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)

Have you ever wonder why life can seem to be going perfect but in the blink of an eye it changes? This world that we live in is messed up.. It’s messed up because of the society when live in. Our societies attitude has transformed into a “what have you done for me lately” type. This type of attitude runs rampant throughout all levels of our society from friendships to business.. We live in a world where most are looking for a free ride or hand-me-out and want no responsibility at all.. We live in a society where fast talking, lies & manipulation of the truth are rewarded. I’ve always been one that has tried to work/earn my way to the top. I never wanted or expected anyone to give me anything. I wanted my achievements & success to be the result of my dedication and hard work.. Our world is different now.. I’ve always said that I should’ve been born in the 1920’s or 30’s because that’s when sweat equity was rewarded…
When trials waltz into your life , it’s your reaction that sets you apart from the rest of the world. When trials walk through your front door most people have a tendency to allow it to walk throughout their house with mud on its shoes so it leaves footprints everywhere.. They then let it go out the back door and let it hangout in the backyard.. Now not only do you have footprints throughout your home but you’ve also allowed it to have a sleepover. It can come back in anytime. It can peak through the windows and rear it’s ugly head anytime it wishes.. When life’s problems walk through your front door, go immediately and open the back door so you can whisk it out into the backyard.. Don’t let it leave footprints.. Then go open the gate so it can’t stay and take up residence!!
God is my doorman… I allow Him to escort all my troubles out the back door and out the gate.. I want God to teach me the lessons that He wants me to learn so I can change for the better and reflect Him. I then can rejoice in my new found knowledge and give Him the honor & glory….

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord ’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…. Ask God to be your doorman.. Let Him direct you troubles & fears..

I hope you have a TREMENDOUS day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

God’s Design

Good Morning my friends,

Take your mind to God for rest and renewal. Let Him infuse His Presence into all of your thoughts. As your mind stops racing, your body will relax and this will allow you to regain awareness of Him. This awareness is vital to your spiritual well being. Spiritually speaking it’s your lifeline. There are more than four dimensions in this world. In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is also the dimension of openness to God’s Presence. This dimension transcends ALL the others. It gives you glimpses of heaven while you still here on earth. This was part of God’s original plan when He designed mankind. Adam and Eve talked to God in the Garden of Eden before they were expelled. God wants you to walk with Him in the garden of your heart, where He has taken up permanent residence.
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”(Psalm 89:15)
When life gets busy and trials become difficult our first tendency is to ask for others to pray for us and we for us go to God in prayer. We see it happen in most major tragedies like Sept. 11th. I heard several reports that after the Sept 11th bombing of the a World Trade Centers that the following Sunday that churches had their largest attendance in over 4 decades. Church goers & non-church goers flocked to churches all-over the US and church attendance remained heavy for the next several weeks & months but as time passed by attendance began to drop.
When things go wrong, we flock to God but once a bit of normalcy creeps back into our lives we go back to our old ways.. I see prayer request daily on FB.. It is not by coincidence that we turn to God when tragedy happens.. That’s by God’s design. There’s something about going into His Presence and seeking comfort & shelter in your time of need and our nation as a whole is no different. I often wonder why God would want to come and comfort a mourning nation that has turned it’s back on Him.. A nation that has become so veil & evil but then I’m reminded that we still have a lot people that believe in calling upon The Name of The Lord and God will NEVER turn His back on His people. Those believers know that only God can & will deliver the comfort and shelter to our shattered people & nation during our time of need.

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Turn to God for renewal but not just when tragedy strikes..

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

Smallest of Things, Biggest Impression

Good Morning my friends

Approach each new day with the desire to find God. Each morning before you get out of bed, God has already been working to prepare the path that will get you through your hectic day. There are hidden treasures strategically placed along His pathway. Some of the treasures are trials which are designed to shake you free from your earthly shackles. Others are blessings that reveal His Loving Presence. Things like the sunrising, the birds singing, the flowers blooming, a smile or a timely hug from a close friend, or an answered prayer. Although it appears that way, God has not abandoned this sin-wrecked world; He is still richly present in it. Search for your deep treasures as you go through this day. You will find Them and Him all along the way.

“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6)


My hope is that my desire to find God continues to renew each day. I pray that I don’t let the hustle & bustle of life take precedent over the daily renewing of my spirit. It’s so easy to get caught up in life and all it’s busyness. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with worrisome things that are happening in our life instead of focusing on God. I do my best daily to remind myself that to reach the heights spiritually that I want to reach that I must be willing to make myself uncomfortable and be willing to be submissive so that I can grow… It’s been an arduous process but I’ve learned to look closer for the small blessings that God throws in my life instead of the HUGE grand slam.. God is an amazing artist whom gives each of us a new blank canvass everyday. He delivers us majestic sunrises in the morning and then turns around gives us the same with the sunsets in the evening. But that’s not ALL… He gives us so many more blessings for us to see in between each, we just have to be alert enough to look for them. My life has been blessed with God’s Presence far beyond what I could ever deserve, but I’ve learned that I shouldn’t feel guilty for it. Keri & I have always tried to live a simple life, which in turn has allowed us to notice and appreciate the small things that life offers as well as the bigger ones… We chose careers/jobs that allowed us to remain involved in our boys lives instead of being absentee parents. We chose to live in a modest home instead of living in something much bigger & more lavish… It’s the small things that are revealed in life that will leave the BIGGEST impression…

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3)


MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Search for the mystery in the small things that God hides on your canvass..

I hope you have a TERRIFIC day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

He is the Potter I am His Clay

Good Morning my friends,

When things don’t go as you would like, accept it immediately. If you dwell on your feelings of regret, they’ll easily spill over into resentment. Remember that God is sovereign over ALL the circumstances in your life so humble yourself under His mighty hand. Rejoice in what He’s doing in your life, even though it’s beyond your understanding. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Him you have everything you need, both for this life and for eternity. Do not let the harshness of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on God. The ultimate challenge is to fix your eyes upon Jesus no matter what’s going on around you. When God is central in your thinking, you’re able to view circumstances from His perspective.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Over the last couple of years lets just say that I’ve had a quite a bit of extra time on my hands. I’ve been able to think about the things that I’ve done wrong and the things that have gone on in my life. As a look back over those years I can honestly say without a shadow of doubt in my mind that God was working in my life. He never gave up.. I often pray for God to mold me into the man that He wants me to be. A man that once I’ve taken my last breath and called home to be with my Lord & Savior will welcome me with a HUGE smile, opened arms and say, “well done my good & faithful servant.” I know that I’m a work in progress.. I am nothing more than a moistened piece of clay sitting on the Potter’s wheel spinning slowing as the Potter forms me into the man that He wants me to be.. There are times that I want to add water, add more pressure or try to speed-up the wheel because I want to be the finished product. Those are the times that I have to remind myself that I’m not the Potter, I’m just a mound of clay. I must remember that it’s going to take time for the Potter to workout all the junk in me so that He can create something masterful & beautiful.
I do my best and try not to focus on the junk but there are days that it clutters my mind. I allow it to draw my attention away from the Potter, the wheel & His hands. The guilt, the regret, the shame, the pain that I’ve caused… I’ve been forgiven & washed clean from those sins but those feelings still seem to the surface way too often… Those are the times that I refocus my thoughts on Him with a quick prayer or a beautiful song..

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Humble yourselves….so that he my lift you up in due time…

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day… Blessing & much love…D

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

#last24

One of my ALL TIME favorite songs

The Potter’s Hand

Beautiful Lord, wonderful Savior
I know for sure all of my days are held in Your hand
And crafted into Your perfect plan

You gently called me into Your presence
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord, to live all of my life
Through Your eyes

And I’m captured by Your Holy calling
Set me apart, I know You’re drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord, I pray

Take me and mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand
Call me, You guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand

You gently call me into Your presence
Guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord, to live all of my life
Through Your eyes

I’m captured by Your Holy calling
Set me apart, I know You’re drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord, I pray

Take me and mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to my Potter’s hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand

Take me and mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter’s hand

You Can’t Fix It

Good Morning my friends,

God is the Creator of the universe and is with you and for you. We couldn’t ask for anything more!!. When you feel that you’re lacking in some form or another, it’s because you aren’t connecting with God at a deep level. God offers us all an abundant Life and your part is to trust Him and to refuse to worry about anything. It’s not so much the adverse events in your life that makes you anxious but instead your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control of the situations in which you find yourself so that you can perhaps achieve the results that you desire. Your thoughts close in on the problem like ravenous wolves. You’re determined to make things go your way, you tend to forget that God is in charge of your life. The only remedy is to switch your focus from the problem to His Presence. Stop your striving and watch to see what He can & will do. HE IS LORD!!!

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)

When things happen in our lives like natural disasters, evil acts, sickness of a family member, or even a death of a family member, questions about God tend to surface in our mind and when questions surface…doubt usually follows.. There have been times in my life when I’ve questioned God but I don’t recall ever doubting. I have learned that despite the horrible things that take place here on Earth that God is in control, has ALWAYS been in control and will ALWAYS be in control.. With that said, although God’s in control, He doesn’t make bad things happen.. He allows them to happen..
Man had every opportunity to live a life of perfection but instead made the decision that they would rather have knowledge & wisdom instead of a life of perfection. We must all remember that the same God that allowed the heinous acts like the Holocaust & September 11th also allowed numerous lives to be lost by things like tornados & hurricanes. He’s the same God that allows millions of babies to be aborted every year. We must remember like in all tragedies that our God is the same God whom did not spare his own Son, but instead gave him up for us ALL.. He gave His Son so that we might ALL have the opportunity for a perfect eternity. God has given us the opportunity for perfection by giving us Perfection in His Son Jesus.. He then allowed our perfect Gift to die on the cross for all our sins.. My friends my heart mourns every time I hear about a tragedies in this world or when read about a death in a friends life. My heart sympathizes for those that are constantly going through trials & tribulations. I pray daily for those that are in this world and are lost but I give thanks to the Lord for He is Good, His Love endures FOREVER.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)


MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU.. Don’t get lost on the fixation of your problems but instead focus your attention on Him and He will bring you comfort..

I hope you have a GREAT day… Blessing & much love…D

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

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