Shackles of Sin

Good Morning my friends,

As I grow closer to God in my walk and then look at society, I become more and concerned with those that are lost. It’s so obvious that there are so many people that are walking around clueless. It wasn’t too long ago that I was one of those people but fortunately I heard a message from God and the Holy Spirit awakened my soul and removed the scales from my eyes and I saw for the first time what I had been missing for 43 years. I truly didn’t know what it meant to free my soul from the shackles of sin. I walked into church that morning headed for hell but come out ready to spend my eternity in Heaven. 

“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized.” (Acts 9:18)

My whole adult life I thought I was already saved but yet I lived my life differently. I was the ultimate hypocrite. I never considered myself to be a hypocrite because I never condemned people for their sinful lives. I just joined them in their lifestyle. I made an appearance at church almost EVERY Sunday so the people there would think I was a stand up Christian and church guy, but the moment I walked out the door I lived as if I wanted to be hell bound. If you would’ve asked me where I was going to spend ETERNITY, I would’ve boldly declared in Heaven. Heck, I was a believer. I could even quote scripture. Truth be known…. Satan believes in God as well. He knows God exist. In fact, he can quote scripture as well but satan will not be in Heaven.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

I thank God daily because the closer I get to Him, the more He reveals Himself to me. As I grow in my walk, He removes more and more layers of scales from my eyes and blesses me with more insight of His love & graciousness. My days have become continual shouts of praise and thanksgiving for the many blessings which He pours on me. I thank Him for those that are walking around aimlessly because it’s an opportunity for me to pray for them and plant the seed, so the Holy Spirit can perhaps do the same thing for them as was done for me. Maybe my words will be the words that they hear that will shed the light that they are indeed hell bound. They need to know that the path they’re walking down is a dangerous path and they need to repent and change immediately.

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4-5)

Let gratefulness rule your heart. As you honor Jesus with a grateful attitude for the blessings in your life, a marvelous thing begins to happen. Scales fall from your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of His glorious riches. With your eyes opened more, you can help yourself to whatever you need from His house of treasure. Each time you recieve one of Jesus’ golden gifts, let your gratefulness sing out and praise His Holy Name. “Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart. A life of praise and gratefulness becomes a life filled with miracles. Instead of trying to be in control, focus on Him and what He is doing. This is the power of praise: centering your entire being in Him. He created you to live this way. He made you from His own image. So enjoy the abundant life by sending an overflowing amount of praise and gratefulness to Him.

“Again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.” (Revelation 19:3-6)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Search your heart and soul and determine where you’re headed…

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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Mr Fix it

Good Morning my friends,

Most of you are aware that Keri worked for me for 7 years prior to my resignation . A lot of evenings she use come to me and want to talk about her day, her frustrations and things that happened. You’re probably wondering why she would do this considering we’re in the same building. Truth be known, although I see her several times a day it’s only briefly when I come out of my office. Most of the time I stay busy in my office.. I did this because I’ve learned that employees don’t like to be micro-managed or watched over every move they make. I personally feel that’s one of the most common mistakes a manager can ever make with employees. In fact, I have found that the majority of employees thrive when they are trusted with responsibility and made to feel that they have a voice in the direction of a business.  

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

Employees want to take ownership. Employees that take ownership played a huge factor in the success of my store. When I first became store manager, I tried to do everything myself. I lived by the motto,” If I want something done right, then I will do it myself.” I quickly became wore out from doing this but I also the added stress in my life. I was constantly in fix-it mode.. Often when Keri would start to tell me about her day I would immediately start planning how I was going to fix her frustrations. This despite her not wanting me to fix anything. She was just needing to be heard.. Being Mr. Fix-it is one of man’s biggest problems but yet it is one of the easiest to fix. How Ironic is that? Here we are trying to fix everyone else’s problems but we refuse to fix one of our easiest. That seems to be a common theme in this country? We try to police the world but yet we run amuck right here.. We try to feed the world, yet we having people starving right here. We try to house the world yet we have homeless people right here. We try to fund the world, yet we have people living in poverty right here. These are problems we should’ve already fixed. God will bless ALL the people that are in need when the time is right in His eyes, not ours. Perhaps people struggle in this country because they have yet to turn to God to be their answer for their problems. Perhaps they failed to give Him praise. Problems are a few part of life, they’re inescapable, they are woven into the very fabric of this fallen world.

“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)

You tend to go into problem-solving mode all too readily, acting as if you have the capacity to fix everything. This is a habitual response, so automatic that it bypasses you conscious thinking. Not only does this habit frustrate you, it also distances you from Jesus. Do not let fixing things be your top priority. You are ever so limited in your capacity to correct all that is wrong in the world around you. Don’t weight yourself down with responsibilities that are not your own. Instead, make your relationship with Jesus your primary concern. Talk with Him about the things that are on your mind, seeking His perspective on the situation. Rather than trying to fix everything that comes to your attention, ask Him to show you what is truly important. Remember that you are en route to heaven, so let your problems fade in the Light of eternity. 

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”  (Philippians 3:20-21)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU. Don’t be a Mr. Fix-it!! Allow God to fulfill His role..

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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Some Sheep are Stubborn 

Good Morning my friends

 I use to ask, “WHY ME” when things didn’t or weren’t going my way.. I thought seriously, I might not be the perfect husband, father, son, brother, employee or friend but why is this happening to me?….. I don’t deserve this!! …..I’m a lot better person than….and they never seem to being going thru crap like this… They’re on top of the world… Can you relate?  

These thoughts have surfaced throughout my life. I can honestly say that when I look back on those situations now, I can see that during those difficult & trying times I was moving further & further away from God. For those of you that have kids think back when your kids were small and you would take them outside to play or perhaps to a public park. You constantly were on alert watching and making sure your child didn’t get too far away or out of your sight. If you were like Keri & I, you were ALWAYS saying, “come back over here”. When I stop & think about it, as an adult I’ve always been a lot like a kid.. God was always saying, “come back over here.” He knew that I was going to be the type that would have the tendency to push the envelope and have to be reeled back-in constantly. I think God has always made sure that He has kept me on one of those child leashes… I can hear Him now, “this one is stubborn, Jesus reel Him in the Holy Spirit is tired.”  
My mother has often said that I would be within the grasp of her hand one second and vanished the next. I’ve heard tell this story my times even to my boys. We were at particular store shopping. I think it was me, my mom, my sister & grandmother. They were looking at clothes at Mitchell’s…I think… My mom had a hold of my hand like always and I managed the squirm out of her grasp and she told me to stay next to her. Of course being the little angel I was I said, ok.. She turned around for a split second to check on my sister and I vanished. The search was on.. She combed the entire store searching for me.. After searching everywhere she finally called out my name and I answered but she still could not see me. You see I was right by her side in the original spot the whole time but she just didn’t know because she couldn’t see me. I had found a place to sit down in the middle of the round clothes rack or perhaps I was hiding… I think I just found a place to sit but I’m pretty sure if my grandmother was still alive, her, my mom, & my sister would say different…lol

 “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.”   (Isaiah 40:11)

Let Jesus place His Peace into your innermost being. When you sit quietly in the Light of Jesus’ Presence, you can sense Peace growing within you. This is not something accomplished through self-discipline and will power; it’s opening yourself to recieve His blessing. In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness. However, He will take you along the path that is highlighted with need for Him. He will place you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaring evident. Through those times, Jesus has drawn you closer and closer to Him. You will discover flowers of Peace blooming in the most desolate places. You will learn to thank Him for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them all that Jesus will accomplish His best work. You will realize that needing Him is the key to knowing Him intimately, which is the gift above all gifts.   

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Look deep and see if God has you on a leash. 

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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December the Month of Joy & Peace

Good Morning my friends,

The month of THANKFULNESS is coming to an end. Thankfulness is a Fruit of the Spirit which we give when we live in the Spirit. Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That ‘s why Jesus instructs us to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Him thanks (regardless of your feelings), and He will give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances).  

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

This is a spiritual act of obedience at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know Jesus intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Him for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Him in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain. Thankfulness will open your heart to His Presence and your mind to His thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it’s as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from His perspective. This is the Light of His Presence that removes the sting from adversity.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”(John 4:17)

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just 25 days away.. JOY is another Fruit of the Spirit. We’re rewarded Joy by God when we’re thankful. I think for the month of December everyone should focus on the birth of Christ and post something about JOY since we were so thankful in November. May be it could be Joy or PEACE.

When we’re given the peace of mind in circumstance that doesn’t make sense, we should absorb it because we’re told “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:1). It’s hard to make sense to be thankful in ALL circumstances we must remember things don’t have to make sense because “His ways are not our ways.” This is the same God that gave His Son on Calvary for you and me despite already knowing that we’re going to fail & disappoint Him.  

“The peace of God transcends all understanding.” (Phillipians 4:7) 

The apostle Paul says in Ephesians 3:19, “to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Let your account of JOY overflow because of your THANKFULNESS..

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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Stop and Smell the Roses

Good Morning my friends,

 Keri & I use to cherish the times when our boys would chose to come in the living room and watch tv with us or just come to spend a little time with us.. It was our chance to stop & smell the roses. We live such busy lives that we constantly fail to stop & smell the roses.. As parents I think we can all agree that it just seems like yesterday when our kids were just babies. They grew-up right before our busy eyes.. As I think back when my boys were small, I can remember the countless opportunities that I had a chance to stop & smell the roses and didn’t because I was “too busy” watching football or doing something else trivial.. Yesterday, I came to the realization that my oldest son Zakk is no longer a resident in my home. We were talking about Christmas and when the semester ended? The semester ends on December 10th but he won’t be home until the 19th because he preordered a ticket to the new Star Wars movie. He told my sister that he lives in College Station. My friends how often do you fail to stop & smell the roses? Our roses are not just our children but also our spouse, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers…etc…etc…   

“Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord , make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:7-8)

How many times do we fail to take in the majesty of a sunrise or the splendor of a sunset? How about the gracefulness of the moon & stars in the darkness of night? Have you ever sit along the banks of a river and watch God paint His beautiful canvas? Can you remember as a kid lying in the grass during the summer looking up at the clouds and the blue sky and watching God paint pictures in the clouds.. My friends take the time to stop & smell the roses and watch God paint you a picture.. Those are the roses that make up your bouquet.

As you sit quietly in Jesus’ Presence, let Him fill your heart and mind with peace and love.. This is the most direct way to achieve a this stance. If your mind needs a focal point, gaze at His Love that was poured out for you on the cross. Remember that nothing in Heaven or on Earth can separate you from that Love. This remembrance builds a foundation of gratitude in you, a foundation that circumstances cannot shake.

As you go through your day, look for tiny treasures that are placed along the way. Jesus lovingly goes before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day… Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have a lovely bouquet… Offer it up to Him with a grateful heart. Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep, with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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

It’s Friday but SUNDAY’S COMING!!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Good Morning my friends
Today is THANKSGIVING…. A day that we gather with our families & friends and give THANKS for the many blessings that God has so graciously blessed us. Today be thankful for not only the good but the bad as well… Henry Ward Beecher said it best, “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ”

My friends today I give thanks to you. I appreciate your friendship and standing behind me in my battle with cancer. I love each & every one of YOU. I pray that you all are blessed today more than enough…

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of need.” (Psalm 46:1)

A thankful attitude opens windows to heaven. Spiritual blessings fall freely onto you through those openings from eternity. As you look up with a grateful heart, you get glimpses of Glory through those windows. You cannot yet live in heaven, but you can experience foretastes of your ultimate home. Such samples of heavenly fare revive your hope. Thankfulness opens you up to these experiences, which then provide further reasons to be grateful. Thus, your path becomes an upward spiral with ever increasing in gladness. Thankfulness is not some sort of magic formula; it is the language of Love, which enables you to communicate intimately with Jesus. A thankful mind-set does not entail a denial of reality with its plethora of problems. Instead, it rejoices Him. He is your refuge and strength, an ever-present and well-proved help in trouble.  

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Be THANKFUL in all things…

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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Be Thankful

Good Morning my friends

Every November on Facebook brings the 30 days of THANK’S. Each day for the whole month people write something in which they’re thankful. It’s fun reading the different things people are thankful for.. I think we ALL can admit that there are somethings that we all have in common that we are thankful for however its the other things that sets us apart from one another. Have you ever thought about being thankful for a problem in your life? You know those thorns in your flesh… It’s easy to be thankful for the good things but what about those things that bring turmoil or sadness in our life? Not so much huh… The Bible tells in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Wow in all circumstances…. Perhaps we need to start looking at the “bad things” a little different. I’m learning that things happen for a reason. Most of the time it’s to draw our focus away from our busy life & bring our focus back on Him. God has a way of knocking us upside our head and saying, HELLO remember Me. In the Summer 2011 when Keri & I went through our troubles, we believe it was to put us in a place where we could handle what was about to come into our life. Today we’re able to thank God for the thorns in our flesh.. Maybe not ALL thorns but we are working on it…

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

Thank Jesus every chance you get throughout the day for His Presence and His Peace. These are gifts of supernatural proportions. Ever since the resurrection, He has comforted His followers with these messages like “Peace be with you” and ” I am with you always.” Listen as He offers you His Peace and His Presence in full measure. The best way to recieve these glorious gifts is to thank Him for them. It’s impossible to spend too much time thanking and praising Him. He created you first and foremost to glorify Him. Thanksgiving and praise puts you in proper relationship with Him, opening the way for His riches to flow into you. As you thank Him for His Presence and Peace, you appropriate His riches gifts.  

“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (Luke 24:36)

MY CHALLENGE PRAYER for YOU… Be thankful for the thorns in your flesh not just the easy things.  

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

ALWAYS…..Live YOUR life like it’s your LAST24!!!

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