Saturday, June 28, 2008
What exactly are the lazy days of summer? Surely mowing the grass in sweltering heat is not it. Today it was so hot and I was out this morning doing some yard work and then this afternoon doing some more. With the rain we have here I have to mow twice a week. I think about what it would be like to live on a beach and enjoying the tropical breezes coming off the water. But when I lived in Florida I didn't get to enjoy those tropical breezes that much and they didn't seem to ever reach my yard.
So, how do we learn to enjoy our current place in life? The first thing we must realize is life is not supposed to be a fun time 24 hours per day. If you believe this then you will be sorely disappointed. There are times we must work and occasionally times we can play. We must learn to make the best of our life; enjoy a cool breeze before it rains, enjoy a smile from your wife (or husband), enjoy the laugh of a child, enjoy the flowers and trees. Enjoy God's creatures; the dogs, cats, birds and the many others. Ask God to help you enjoy his creation and the blessings he has given you.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
One of my earliest recollections was a Christmas before my mother died. Then I remember being told of her death (I was 5 when she died), her funeral, JFK's death and Hurricane Donna that hit our home in Florida. Those memories were sad. Some good early memories are meeting my wife at church (I was singing at her church), dating her, getting married and moving from Kentucky to Florida. Getting on the Sarasota Fire Department, graduating the Fire Academy and later getting promoted. Having a baby girl, then a baby boy and watching them grow. Later moving back to Kentucky, my children getting married and them having babies of their own. Now I'm a grandpa and I wonder what happened with all the years. Life happens so fast and although my mind feels young, my body is calling my mind a liar. Because I do not know how many years I have left (none of us do) I realize now more than ever the importance of making each and every moment count for the best.
If you're still young, enjoy your youth because before you know it, it will fade. Enjoy your wife (or husband), enjoy your children and enjoy your parents - Jackie and Jamie :) . Although I had a hard childhood, God has blessed me with a wonderful family and I want to enjoy the rest of my days with them.
As I age I also realize the importance of my walk with the Lord. I am re-evaluating all aspects of my relationship with God. I think I need to take a break from somethings such a playing the guitar, singing and teaching Sunday School at church and concentrate on my personal relationship with the Lord and family. I want to go to church with my family as this is important to me. I ask for your prayers as I seek God's will and wisdom. I encourage you to look at your life as well. We only get one life and we need to make it the best life we can. After we die only a few things will really matter. Were we good to our spouse, our children, our parents and did we serve the Lord the best we could.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Do you ever wonder why sometimes you wake up in the morning feeling a little on the blue side but you don't know why? Here is a possible explanation: we dream about 2 hours every night. The dreams that we dream may be good or they could be bad. More often than not we wake up and can not remember our dreams. Let's say you have a bad dream and you wake up worried or sad. Now the problem is you can't remember the dream or even if you've dreamed at all. Our mind may hold on to the emotional outcome of a bad dream but not the dream details. So what do you do? Pray that God will give you a restful/ peaceful sleep. With God's help you will wake up more refreshed and with less anxiety.
I pray that God will help you rest. Our bodies go through a healing process when we sleep. When we don't sleep we don't heal properly. We need to learn to ask God for help in all areas of our life; including our precious sleep.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
My dad is 79 years old. He is a good father although I wish we were closer. I know he loves me in his way and I'm thankful for his love. My mother died when I was 5 years old and my dad took over the role of mother and father. I have learned a lot from my dad and I am a better person for being his son. Happy Father's Day daddy.
I am the dad of two great children. They are the best and I love them so much and I'm very proud of them. They are both married to wonderful people and they both have beautiful baby girls. Being a grandpa is a new experience for me and I love it.
Being a father and grandfather is a tremendous responsibility. I pray that God will give me wisdom and good health so I can handle this responsibility in a way that is pleasing to him.
Happy Father's Day to my son and son-in-law. I love you both!
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers who read these words.
Happy Father's Day to God almighty, Abba Father (daddy, loving father).
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Here's a test for you to see how you're doing as a Christian...
1) I read my Bible often [YES] [NO]
2) I talk to God every day [YES] [NO]
3) I talk to others about the Lord [YES] [NO]
4) I resolve all conflicts as soon as possible [YES] [NO]
5) I ask Jesus to forgive me when I sin [YES] [NO]
6) I don't go to sleep at night angry at anyone [YES] [NO]
7) I try really hard to live a life pleasing to God [YES] [NO]
8) I know God loves me [Yes] [NO]
9) I love God enough to change [YES] [NO]
10) I trust God with everything [YES] [NO]
How did you do? The goal is to answer all the questions [YES]. There are more questions that could be asked but being a Christian means you follow Christ. You have accepted him as your savior. You will make mistakes. You will sin. It's because of what Christ did for us not because of what we do. Trust God in all things. Ask him for wisdom and forgiveness. Ask him to help you be the kind of person that is pleasing to him. Trust him! Trust him! Trust him!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I'm tired, I don't feel good, I'll do it later... Excuses get us into trouble. I learned a lesson a while back and often I need to take action on that lesson. The lesson: when we let go of ourself and concentrate on others we tend to be happier and less stressed. How can this be? If I'm tired how can doing more revive me? It's an act of unselfishness and it does make you feel better. Try it, it does work.
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."Benjamin Franklin