Monday, November 11, 2019

Brand New Man!

A brand new man.  Not the one that used to subsidize his income with a cue stick...not the one that used to find ways around security systems...not the one that used to ______________!  No, a brand new man because JESUS came into my heart!

"Where is the man that once I was
before I was Your own?
The same, for He is passed away
with the past that he has known!
For You have made this man anew,
and Your ways are not my ways!
Your ways are far superior,
thus I give You all praise!

For you have lowered Yourself, o God,

for me to so relate.
You saved my very soul in ways
MY ways to elevate!
So fortunate, so valuable
You make this man to be;
see to it therefore, oh my God,
my brother, too, may see!

I am no better than another--

it's YOU inside my heart!
Therefore, the Greatest Calling,
unto me, do You impart!
Cause me to meet that Calling, lord,
by loving like You do,
that others may be truly drawn
to so belong to you!"

What I say...what I think...what I do should all be 'peculiar' in this earthly place that others may see it, wonder and be drawn...to JESUS!  So be my prayer each day.  So be my prayer for even you!

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Just in case, "THANK YOU!!"

Too many of those who have served this country have never heard that.  I could not serve due to my brain.  (That's another story.)  However, I remember calling my dad when he was in his '70's on Veteran's Day and thanking him for his service.  He said "Jimmy, no one has ever told me that," and he shed a tear.  After the call, guess who else was shedding tears?
So, if you have ever served...

"I do not even know your name,
but I owe you so much!
Because of how you spent your life
I speak...I hear...I touch...
What you did may have been worlds away
but it's affected mine!
You took the call...you signed your name...
and you showed up in line!

It matters not the branch or rank,

and theatre aside,
YOU stepped up, you did your best,
and you did so with pride!
We honor you as best we can,
(and differ may way each,)
but you deserve AT LEAST this day--
no duty you to breech!

You veteran, each veteran

that reads this simple word
this country owes to you a life
for actions you've incurred!
And THIS MAN owes at least one page
filled with respect and thanks
to YOU--regardless of your branch,
your duty or your ranks!
Thank you for your service doing
what some of us could not;
thank you for your time doing
what some of us WOULD not!
And may your days be filled with honor
(most times overdue!)
America would not be as great
without people such as you!"

'Thank you' again to each and every one of you that have served this country and hold the title "Veteran."  You are appreciated, prayed for, loved and deserve all honor!

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Promises Beyond!

Morning once again.
The daily routine begins.  So much to do...in spite of how we may feel.  First, though, to meet with Jesus for a while.  And, as I do, I receive a promise:

In the earliest of early

life is yet happening!
There is a glory chorus from
so many on the wing;
and there is a City on my heart
where night comes not at all,
and there is a longing in my soul
to be there with them all!

Ah, yes--Heaven--it is in my heart

and everlasting song!
That Paradise with Jesus and
His crimson-purchased throng!
Where all will be perfection, oh,
and time shall be no more;
can you see it too, my friend,
just there beyond that shore?

The earliest of early, oh,

but ANY time of day
sweet glimpses of that Glory land
He makes to come our way
to give us hope, to give us strength,
to cause us to press on,
and to remind that, daily trials,
some day will all be gone!

Join with me won't you, friend, in seeing beyond the pain and imperfections of people, time and place to the glory that awaits?  It WILL be worth it all!

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Friday, November 8, 2019

LIVE LIFE!!

Yes, I have found that there are some that must be reminded to.  Too many be they that feel they are no longer of any use.  THAT'S JUST NOT TRUE!!

Be there...live...show up for life!

Once more does He provide!
He did not mean for you to simply
sit along the side!
He meant for you to be involved,
and 'purpose' does He give;
not just simply to 'survive,'
but get out there and LIVE!!

There are so many that cannot

'get out' as it be known.
Nonethelesss, He has so much
so you are not alone!
Even if you can't 'get out,'
pick up the phone and call!
For there are others wondering 
if any care at all.
The same be so rewarding,
and it can heal also.
You may not fathom in this life
the lengths that it may go;
BUT GOD, He uses simple things
and ministers through such;
regardless of the magnitude,
so present be His touch!

Yes, be there, live, show up for life,

it's passing by so fast!
And many be the blessings yet
that wait to be amassed!

There is a very large, very busy world out there that needs you.  Too,  there are countless numbers of folks somewhere that would love to hear a voice on the other end of the phone...or get a card once in a while.

'Ministry' is something far greater than what preachers do.  It is something that ALL are called to do.  Get with it!
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Progress?

Technology is AWESOME...when it is working correctly!  Too often, however, I/we become so dependent upon it that we lose sight of the simple use of 'time' when it is not working properly.  May we NEVER take 'simplicity' for granted!

When everything is gone, I still have You!

When things aren't working, You continue to.
You are dependable, You never fail
and You're 'everything' You constantly avail!

Where would we be, Lord, if it weren't for you?

Through tragedy and trial You pursue
to assure Your Own that You are here,
regardless of the good or bad that's near!
And even when 'technology' may fail,
we KNOW that, in You, our day will prevail.
What sweet assurance may we each enjoy
as, faith in YOU, we possess, Lord, and employ!

Yes, technology is a great and precious gift,

the lives and ease of so many to uplift,
but greater is Your presence in this life--
lest, multiplied, be the agony and strife!
For it is YOU that gives to man insight so wise!
Our simple logic Your great insight defies
and causes us to realize and to progress!
How many, o my God, are the ways that You bless!

Something so simple in this life that we may even take for granted fails or crashes...and we panic!  The electricity goes out, even briefly, and we freak!  Such shouldn't be.  He loves us and KNOWS each of us much better than that, and HE will never fail!

Where have you put your trust?
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Live life TODAY!

Slow down.  Look around you.  Enjoy the wonder and the majesty of RIGHT NOW!  Too many things are out there tempting us to 'hurry.'  There is NO time for that!

One day at a time is all
that I have time to live;
I can't keep up with the schedule
that 'things' or 'companies' give!
Already go too fast the days
that happen one-by-one;
and already is there plenty of work
that, THIS DAY, must be done!

I know that 'seasons' are approaching,

I know what they entail;
but if I try to live beyond today
surely I will fail!
Is that why "present" is a present
out of His great vow?
He knows exactly what I need
for the here and now.

So LIVE--and fret not for the morrow,

nor approaching 'season;'
He would not give us such command
if there were not a reason!
Enjoy the day, the day that IS,
and so avoid the stress
that others try to put upon us,
and we'll avoid distress!

Year after year, businesses about are pushing blessings such as Christmas upon us sooner and sooner.  Don't let them.  Enjoy the days that are and let the days to come take care of themselves.  God has His way of doing that!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Life Complete

Too often, we run into folks who think that we, as Christians, have all the 'right and good' things happening constantly.  If they only knew...

This life--it will not always go our way.

Sometimes, common sense is led astray;
and day-to-day events include great pain,
even that kind that so few can explain.
BUT GOD, He is very present through it all!
He will NEVER leave the ones who heed His call.
And though we may go through those tings above,
He goes through them with us due abundant love!

Is 'life' affecting you  in such a way?

Know that you're not alone--not ANY day!
Know that He is with You and give Him your all;
and victory--it has prevailed, and your chains WILL fall!

This life--though it is a gift and it is beautiful, it is also often cruel and painful.  It hurts!  Try not to let those times affect you to the point that it hinders you from living.  That is not God's purpose at all.  His purpose for you is grand and glorious.  It is the road to that purpose that is sometimes painful.  

Press on, my friend.  He has great plans for you!
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