Love by Your Actions

Good Morning my friends,

Words are cheap unless they’re backed with action. I often see the youth of today post about how much they love their new HS boyfriend or girlfriend. Their teenage puppy love us all over their social media pages etc….
Love might be short when it comes to it’s length but let me be the first one to tell you those four letters have more significance and meaning than any word you will ever find. It has taken me my entire adult life to figure this out. No matter how many times those words flowed from my mouth unless I backed them with action they were empty and meaningless. The action required is not done with a symbolic hug or kiss either. It’s accomplished with something much greater. A father shows the love for his wife & kids through sacrifice. His willingness to trade his time with them for money from a job. With that said, there’s a fine line between sacrificing your time and just exchanging your time. There have been plenty of times in my life when I chose to do something else while sacrificing time away from my family. My decision but not a scarifice. Love is about commitment.. Despite all the dysfunction in your family and the short comings in your marriage you remain committed to work through all those differences & difficulties and to NEVER GIVE UP… YES it takes two willing participants. Love takes dedication. A dedication to each other. You’re all in it together. All for one, one for all. Love takes courage.. Love takes leadership.. Love takes humbleness.. I can go on and but I think you should be getting the picture. All these words take action and effort to accomplish, they’re not just merely spoken.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1st Corinthians 12:4-8)

Did you know religious leaders during Jesus’ day had more than six hundred man-made laws that they were required to obey? Those people could never keep those laws because it was impossible. Yet the rulers believed those laws had to be obeyed in order to win God’s favor.
Jesus summed up God’s law with only two commands, “Love The Lord your God” and “Love your neighbor.” He used a special, all encompassing words for love, a word that includes everyone. We are to love our neighbor, He said, even though they might have a different color skin, ethic background, or language; even though they look different, walk differently, or act differently. We are also to help our neighbors who are poor. The gospel of Christ has no meaning unless it is applied to those who are in need.
The Greek word for love that Jesus used implies action. It wasn’t a passive word; it’s an action word. We are to love by our actions.

He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (‭Luke‬ ‭10‬:‭27‬)

My CHALLENGE prayer for YOU!! Don’t just throw it around… Love with action..

I pray that YOU have a TERRIFIC day…. Blessings and much love… D

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

#last24

#lovebyyouractions

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Work of a Believer

Good Morning my friends,

Is your work done after you accept Christ as your Savior? Many believers feel that way. They feel that once they’ve accepted Christ that all their work is complete. I’ve seen many “friends” find God and never open their Bible, attend a church service, or church function. Instead every Sunday & Wednesday they’re at home with an excuse as to why they couldn’t make it. Choosing to live life as a Christian is a never-ending work in progress. It’s something that you build upon through prayer, studying of The Word, and service to God. It’s like learning to ride a bike. There’s more to riding a bike than just being able to stay upright. I often watch the X Games and the BMX riders. Those guys are amazing and in my book a bit crazy but they didn’t get that good overnight. They chose to craft their skill and to become the best they can be. Your daily Christian walk should be no different. Your skills should be honed and tweaked for you to become the best at sharing your testimony and telling the world what Jesus has done in your life.
It’s no different than you telling people about an awesome movie, restaurant, book, or new shoes. You’re just sharing your experience. You’re not changing careers. Sharing your experience doesn’t make you a movie critic or food critic any more than sharing your testimony makes you a preacher or evangelist. We’re not all called to be evangelist or preachers. Some are called to just be disciples. Disciples are the worker bees. The little ants that are always busy serving. The worker ants are able to achieve great feats because they’re just willing to serve.

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”(John 8:31-32)

What’s an evangelist? It’s a person with a special gift and a special calling from the Holy Spirit to announce the good news of the gospel. It’s a gift from God that cannot be faked or manufactured. It’s also a calling from God, and understanding that will help protect you from two dangerous temptations.
First, it will protect you from pride because we all know that whatever gift we have and whatever opportunities may open up to us are from God. We can’t take any credit or glory for ourselves. Second, it saves us from discouragement and the temptation to give up, because we know our calling is not from man but from God.
Some are called to be evangelist-but every Christian is called to do the work of evangelism, which is merely sharing your testimony or even more simple being a worker ant. Every Christian is called to tell others about Christ and what He has done for them.. Don’t be shy…

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭16‬)


MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…. Strive be a worker ant today.

I pray that you have a WONDERFUL day… Blessings and much love….D

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

#last24

#workofabeliever

A Sealed Bargain

Good Morning my friends,

A hand shake and a smile doesn’t mean much any longer. I remember as young boy my dad would introduce me to a friend or a colleague of his whom I had never met and as I shook their hand I would hear my dad’s voice in my mind saying, “always shake a man’s hand firmly and look him in the eyes.” I would instantly puff up my chest look them in their eyes and squeeze as hard as I could. There’s just something special about looking a new friend in the eyes with a firm grasp from a hand-shake. In my mind it represents an acknowledgement of mutual respect.. My dad would always tell me, “if a man can’t give you a firm hand-shake and look you in the eyes then you don’t any need to being doing any business with him.” Life use to be so simple. A hand-shake was like something signed with your own blood. Now-a-days while shaking someone’s hand you have to make sure the other one is not stabbing you in the back. If you know me at all my hand-shake and my word are equal… If I tell you I will do something then you can take it to the bank.. I was raised that a man should always keep his word because if he has nothing else in the world he will still have his word.. I’m particular with whom I conduct business with because integrity is a must when it comes to someone’s character and it starts with a firm hand-shake and looking me in the eyes.
When Jesus went to the cross, He looked every sinner in their eyes, shook their hand firmly and by doing so said you can take it to the bank.

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)


As we trust in Christ, God gives us the Spirit as a pledge or, as some translations read, an earnest guarantee. “He…put his a Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
In the apostle Paul’s day, a deposit or pledge did three things: it was a down payment that sealed a bargain, it represented an obligation to buy, and it was a sample of what was to come.
As an illustration, suppose you decided to make a down payment on a new car. What does your deposit represent? First, it seals the transaction, from now on, both you and the seller are committed yourself to pay the rest of the purchase price. Finally, it enables you to take possession of the car right now even though it still belongs to the bank.
In the same way, the Holy Spirit in our hearts is God’s pledge or deposit to us-sealing His commitment to save us, guaranteeing that someday our salvation will be complete, and enabling us to experience it’s joys right now.

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭21-22‬)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU!!! Let your words and your handshake make your deposit.

I pray that you have a TREMENDOUS day.. Blessings and much love… D

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

#last24

#asealedbargain

EARNEST FOCUSED PRAYER

Good Morning my friends,

Sometimes it’s hard for me to tolerate life.. I say that only because I get tired of ALL the busyness that seems to come at me non-stop. Busyness has a tendency to knock me out of my routine so easy and that bothers me.. I’ve written several times about my prayer life because I feel that it’s very important in my personal journey. There’s nothing like spilling my heart to my Father and making myself vulnerable. Yes, I realize He already knows what I’m feeling, what I’ve done, and how I’ve failed him but it’s still refreshing. There’s that certain sense of closeness that I experience when I’m praying. It’s as if I am a little boy sitting on your Daddy’s lap and telling on myself. I have to be honest there have been times in my life recently it has become so hectic that the first thing I neglected was my prayer life. WHY is that the thing I want and need the most in my journey the one thing I neglect first? Yes, I’m human.. I know.. And I know I fail God regularly but I try to remind myself that I was once a much bigger mess than I am now and I’m not ever giving up. When I fail Him, I will get back up and pray.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)


When I observed the prayer life of Jesus, I noticed the earnestness with which He prayed. In Gethsemane, He cried out with a loud voice, and in its intensity of His supplication He fell headlong on the dampened ground and pleaded before His Father until “His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke “22:24). Too often-and in very sharp contrast-I use petty petitions, sort of go through the motions, and have used the same words I have for years rather than the cries of my inmost being.
All too often when I pray, my thoughts seem to roam. I feel like that is an insult to God, by speaking to Him with my lips while my minds and heart is far from Him. Would I that If I were talking my favorite athlete? Would I let my thoughts wander for one comment? In all likelihood not. I would be intensely interested and be careful with every word and thought. How dare I treat the King of kings with so much less respect!! He deserves so much more.
I pray that MY prayers today-and every day-be from MY heart and with the focus of MY whole being..

“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU!!! That YOUR prayers will be the same…

I pray that you have MAGNIFICENT day… Blessings and much love….D

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

#last24

#earnestfocusedprayer

Coronation Day

Good Morning my friends,

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27)

After battling cancer for over two years, I’ve had my fair share of thoughts about death. I guess that’s normal considering the circumstances. As morbid as it sounds, those thoughts do indeed cross your mind. The “what if’s”.. Is everything in order? With that said, I know God’s not finished with me and I feel He has huge things in store for me in the near future but once the time does comes I will be ready to embrace it.

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:” (Philippians 1:23)


As a Christian, death on earth is not final. I believe if you’re a Christian, funerals should be a celebration. A celebration that you are no longer in a world filled full of infliction, hate, sin & wickedness, but instead you will be surrounded by the splendor majesty of Heaven walking in the streets of gold with your Savior. How can that be a bad thing? Who would not want to embrace that? A place where there will be no more hustle & bustle, heart ache, pain or disappointment. A place where there is no sense of time. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:8, “beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” How amazing is that? The One who “knows the number of hairs on our head” and “who owns the cows on a thousand hilltops,” the splendid beauty of the Creator of the Universe will be in your grasp and eyes-sight every second of every day. Because of Christ, death is a defeated foe.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8)


To a Christian, death is said in the Bible to be a coronation. The picture it paints is that of a regal prince who, after his struggles and conquests in an alien land, returns to his native country and court to be crowned and honored for his deeds.
The Bible says we are pilgrims and strangers in a foreign land. This world is not our home; our citizenship is in Heaven and someday all our battles on this Earth will be over, and we will enter our Heavenly home.
To the one who has been faithful, Christ will give a crown of life. The Apostle Paul said, “there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which The Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
When D.L. Moody was dying, he looked up to Heaven and said, “Earth is receding, heaven is opening, this is my coronation day.” Never forget: if you’re a Christian, you’re a child of the King!!

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU!!! Look forward to your coronation day..

I pray that you have an AMAZING day.. Blessings and much love…..D

#last24

#coronationday

Keep Looking Up!!

Good Morning my friends,

If you’ve ever read through the Bible from Genesis through Revelations you will see how man has consistently turned their backs on God. We are living in a day where it’s more evident than ever that there’s a HUGE falling away from God and what the Bible teaches. Justifying one’s sin through what we see right in our own eyes. Twisting and contorting Scripture to fit in ways it was never suppose to have been used.
The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3,

“that in the last days perilous times shall come, men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1-7)

Preachers preaching prosperity and embracing the ways of the world instead of using God’s Word in the way way that they were ordained to use it. Instead in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, The Bible says to preachers, pastors,

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”


Looking back through the centuries, the prophets declared that there would be a day when history as we know it would come to an end, with the judgement of God and the return of the Messiah.
What we’re seeing today is a shuffling on the stage behind the curtain-preparation for the day when “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever, and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
The Bible is filled with promises of that coming day of glory. It’s pages indicate that when Christ returns, the world will not be expecting Him. Just as the people in Noah’s day did not believe that a flood was coming multitudes today do not believe that God’s judgement is eminent. The flood did come, though, and so will God’s judgment.
Jesus calls everyone who knows Him to wait in expectation. Our hands should be busy with His work, but our eyes should be looking up. May your watching for Jesus make you even more active in his service!!

“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU…. Keep looking up because our time is drawing neigh.

I pray that you have an AMAZING day … Blessings and much love…. D

#last24

#keeplookingup

Your Stubborn Will

IT’S FRIDAY but SUNDAY’S COMING!!!

Good Morning my friends,

A common misconception is that once you’ve accepted Christ into your heart, is that you can continue down the same path you were on before. True Repentance means that you turn and go in the opposite direction. When I finally stopped running from Christ and accepted Him as my personal Savior, I knew there were changes that needed to take place in my life. I knew I could no longer do the things I was doing, I knew I could no longer hang out with the people I was hanging out with. I knew I had to make some tough decisions and never look back. I didn’t give up my friends but I gave up the things we did together..
I had to find new things to occupy my time that would reflect that I was living for Christ, I found new friends that were living the life that reflected Christ and that would have a positive influence on me..
It’s your decision to change but you can’t accept Christ and ask Him to bless your path if you’re unwilling to make the changes by removing the things & people in your life that need to be removed so that you can walk down the path that He prepares for you. The biggest thing you could ever do for your friends is lead them to Christ and you do that by changing. You show them that you can live a life full of joy & happiness without the those things that are keeping them from happiness.

Becoming a Christian is a once-for-all event when you repent of your sins and cast yourself on Christ alone for your salvation. When you’re converted, God takes you “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Being a Christian is a daily, ongoing experience. It’s a lifelong process of daily repentance and faith, of turning from sin and seeking to live for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. That is where your will comes in. Although you have been converted and God has come to live in you, your old nature is still alive and kicking. Your stubborn will still demands to put yourself first instead of Christ. It isn’t easy to bring our stubborn will into submission to Christ, but once you do, it’s as if a misplaced vertebra has snapped back into place. Instead of the stress and tension of a life out of harmony with God, you discover the serenity of His presence.

Who will control your will today? You –or Christ?

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,.” (Acts 3:19)

My CHALLENGE prayer for you…. Let Christ control your will today…

I hope you all have a MARVELOUS day… Blessings and much love….D

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

#last24

#yourstubbornwill