Saturday, May 26, 2012


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"I call to the Lord for help;
I bring him all my complaints;
I tell him all my troubles."
-Psalms 142:1,2 (GNB)

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"Leave all your worries with him
because he cares for you."
-1 Peter 5:7 (GNB)

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"This poor man cried,
and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles."
-Psalms 34:6 (RSV)

Thursday, May 24, 2012


It started off like this.
The granddaughter had a handful of books on my desk down in the shop office.
They had been there for several weeks.

Being the kind, loving, caring grandfather that I am,
it made sense to give her a place to put her books and "stuff" that she could call her very own.

She grasp that concept in an instant.

Of course concepts tend to grow.  The personal space became one of my two desks.
And of course one of the office chairs.

Then one of the computers became her own personal computer

Followed by one full shelf in my library.

And now the west wall of the shop office.

I must confess, 
when I am reading a book, or working at one of the computers.
And she is setting at HER desk,
 humming and singing -
doing what ever little girls do at desks.

Grandpa loves it.

But it makes me wonder.

How long will she let me share HER office with her?

Now she is almost 100% angel.

But is that the way we let the Devil take over?

Start with something small and innocent.
And it grows until it consumes too much of us.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


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"Be joyful always,
pray at all times,
be thankful in all circumstances.
This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus."
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (GNB)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


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"The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make;
for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful."
-Colossians 3:15 (GNB)

When will I ever learn?

Many are the times that I wanted and needed God to guide me.
And many are the times when I have started in a direction that seemed correct and felt compelled to take.  Even after prayer.

And many are the times that I have wasted; time, money and energy as a result.  Because I have not waited for the peace of God to guide me about the matter.

God is the source of peace.
See Romans 15:33 and 16:20 as an example.

Jesus gives us peace by being united with him.
See John 16:33.
Perhaps that is the problem.  I have been too much on my own.

"And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus."
-Philippians 4:7 (GNB)

Saturday, May 12, 2012


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 Are you poor?

I know.  I know.  Even those of us who have more than enough consider ourselves poor 
because we have less than someone else.

I have read the Bible over many times.  One thing stands out all through the Bible.
God has a special concern for the poor.
Perhaps that is why he allowed so many of them.

If we will allow our "need" to cause us to look to God. 
Then we can be a way ahead of the rich in this life and especially life to come.

Consider two scripture portions.
"And now, you rich people, listen to me!  
Weep and wail over the miseries that are coming upon you!
Your riches have rotted away, and your clothes have been eaten by moths.
Your gold and silver are covered with rust,
and this rust will be a witness against you and will eat up your flesh like fire.
You have piled up riches in these last days."
-James 5:1-3 (GNB)

But there is more.
"Listen, my dear friends!
God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith
and to possess the kingdom
which he promised to those who love him."
-James 2:5 (GNB) 

Keep your riches.
Give me Jesus.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Yes, that is my razor.  And yes, I'm sorry about it too.

As you can see, the cord is separate from the razor.  The result is that it does not stay plugged in good.  Constantly I am having to push the cord back up tight while I am shaving.  That makes shaving a two handed job sometimes.  Simply because I am disconnected from the power source.

I have just come through one of those dry spells.  You know.  Things just don't seem right.  There is not the happiness and contentment there should be.  The way seems "fuzzy".

God in his mercy let me see why.  I have been shifting away from my power source - God.  I have let too much of the concerns of life consume my time and efforts.

Jesus said,
"Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you.  A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine.  In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me."
-John 15:4 (GNB)

The razor works better this way.  And praise God, we work better when we remain united (Plugged in) to Christ.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Proud of the great granddaughter, of course.  But that is not the reason for this post.

Jordin, that's the girl above, wanted a bunny.  Now if Jordin want's a bunny, grandpa want's her to have a bunny.  And grandpa will move heaven and earth to get her a bunny.   [Providing it does not cost more than about $50.00.  That one was $7.00 plus gas and time.]

But in this little episode God drew something to my attention.    If we have turned to God and been born again.  We have a "Father" in heaven who loves us a whole lot more than my love for a granddaughter.

Now you may not want a bunny.

But remember, Jesus said,
"...I am telling you the truth: the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name."
-John 16:23 (GNB)