Good Morning my friends, 

Let God help you through your day.  The challenges you face are far too great for you to handle alone.  You’re aware of your helplessness in the events that you face today.  Your awareness opens up a choice: to doggedly go it alone or walk with Jesus in humble steps of dependence.  Those choices continually before you.. The difficulties that you face highlight the decision making process.  Consider it joy whenever you are enveloped in various trials.  Those are gifts from God, reminding you to rely on Him and Him alone. 

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

For those of you that have kids, doesn’t it pain you to watch your kids make bad decisions?  Keri’s & I have been so lucky so far with both of our boys.  They seem to make wises choices that have been prayed over, well thought out and with all their options weighed.  Mick our youngest came to us in the middle of football season and told us that he wanted to get out of athletics and no longer play football.   This is the kid that has lived and breathed football most of his life.  He has always dreamed of praying Division I football and then going on to the NFL.   We talked it over and told him that ultimately the decision is his but we just don’t want him to regret his decision.  We told him to, pray about it, think it over the rest of the football season and if he still felt strongly then he had our blessing but he was the one that was going to go tell his head coach.  After the football was over he decided he still wanted out and went to the coach.  The coach told him that before he signed off that he wanted to meet with us first.   During our meeting with him (Mick was there as well) he told us how he hated to lose a leader with the work ethic as Mick.  He told us how much all the boys & coaches respected him and he loved his character.   After our long discussion he asked that since the season had only been less than a week and Christmas break was starting on Friday that go through the break, get refreshed, and he still wanted to get out then he would sign off even though he didn’t want to.   Hearing those things about my son made me such a proud dad.  This is the same coach that after finding out that Mick was staying by himself while we were in Houston offered for him to come stay with him and his family..   Mick elected to get out of athletics..  His decision was based on percentages and the things that weren’t in his favor..  He chose to not chase a childhood dream but rather focus on where he’s going to spend the next four years pursuing his degree.  My boys are by far not perfect, they have made some decisions that have been learning experiences but praise God there has been nothing drastic or life altering..     

God gives us that same free will each & every day. We have to choose to be lead by the spirit.  We have to choose to walk in faith.  We have to choose to make our decisions based on the cross and not our fleshly desires.   God wants us to be His passenger if we will just be willing to give up the drivers seat..

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:7-8)

My CHALLENGE to YOU….     Move over and let God drive…

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

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






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