Happy Sunday!-Be Still


Good morning everyone and welcome to Sunday! Hope you all had a great Saturday, I know I did. Got to spend some time with my soon to be Daughter early in the day then with my youngest son later watching a scare the poop out of you movie. (It is kind of our thing since no one else in the family likes them). Also had a relatively sick free day which was definitely needed; I almost feel human again. My hip what my hip is; learning to live with it I guess until the doctor can fix me haha. Now onto the meat……

I posted this quote from Ted Dekker because he has such a grasp on what has happened to us as believers. I mean, do we not always try to analyze things with our brains? God did give us our brains to use but He gave us something even more powerful to use; our hearts. He also tells us that our lives are not encapsulated in one moment but in a series of moments throughout our lives; in essence, our journey. A journey that is often filled with many “noises”. Everywhere we go we have something trying to distract us; our phones, our tablets, our PC’s, our TV’s, all filled with one purpose; to distract us and keep us moving like the pervebial gerbil on his wheel…….

However, before we can truly start on our journey that God has laid out for us every day, we must be still. Be still in our thoughts, in our actions, and in our hearts. We must be still so when God speaks to us we can actually hear what He is saying and not just assume that something is “what God put on my heart”. How do we know when we are so distracted? More often than not its really what WE want, not necessarily what God has for us. To know for sure we must be still so God can truly transform our hearts and our minds. Have a great Sunday everyone! Love to hear from you and welcome to the new people that started following this writer yesterday; he very much appreciates it 😉

Peace and Love,

David 

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Good Morning!

Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday! Sorry that I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days but it has been a bit of a crappy stretch for me health wise and just didn’t have it in me to write anything. I’m about 85% or so; still have the lingering cough and of course the hip issue (which I will get to in a minute) but overall feel like I’m at least on the right path again. Hope everyone is doing well out there and would love to hear from you guys. You can communicate to me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course right here as well.

So, apparently I am officially mortal…..For those that don’t know a lot of my backstory, one of the more finer moments in my life happened when I thought it would be a great idea to not tackle other people but instead up the ante and try and tackle a car. Didn’t work out real well for either of us but I think the car probably got the worst of it lol. Seriously though I was getting off the city bus at the ripe old age of 14 and didn’t look both ways, darted out and BAM! Got flipped up in the air, somehow landed enough on my feet that I was able to walk about 20 yards before collapsing over a railing….I don’t remember much after that except for waking up in the hospital about 12 hours later not having any idea what happened. I was truly blessed that day because one half second either way in time and I would not be here writing this blog. God was in control even then….

I tell you this backdrop story of mine because I had thought that all my wounds had healed; not so much. See many people have told me I waddle rather than walk because one leg is shorter than the other. Really though its not my leg but my hip and back area got knocked pretty good and I never really got it taken care of; so now at the ripe old age of 46 its back and back with a vengeance…


Now, keep in mind my pain tolerance is pretty low, even for a guy, but this pain I knew was different so I went to doc about it. He did some X-rays and I got the call yesterday that I have some “very significant” arthritis in said hip and need to go to an Orthopedic specialist. I do understand this is not life threatening or anything like that, but it did give me my very first sense that “hey, goofball, you really won’t live forever”. It also reminded me of a very dark time in my life where by all rights I should have died that day. (Satan has been trying to take me out ever since). It reminds me that I’m over half way done with this crazy thing called life and my physical body will never be the same. Again, there are those in my life that are dealing with so much worse, but for me, this is a little bit of a sobering reminder of my mortality. Make sense?

I’m very aware that me losing weight couldn’t hurt the situation, however, I also know I would be dealing with this heavy or not. Back in the 80’s cars were still made with steel and so were not as forgiving as they may be today. This pain in my hip is that constant reminder; maybe the new doc will be able to help, maybe not, but as for me the first reminder that my days are not as many as they used to be just creeped up and said hello. Cute thing though that I will continue to remember as well that even though my earthly days are getting smaller, my eternal days are just around the corner. Maybe someone out there is also dealing with a similar experience? I would love to hear from you about it! Leave a comment in the comments section or however you see fit. In the meantime remember also that God is still in control and while the earth will reclaim your body, God has your eternal soul which if given to Him will live for all eternity where pain does not exist…..

Peace and love my friends, Happy Saturday!!

David

Who You Are


Good morning friends and Happy Sunday,

Well I took a brief break yesterday from my normal faith based posts to post about another great love of mine, the Miami Dolphins. As I write these blogs you will probably notice from time to time I will switch up topics just to keep things fresh. Also as you will all see I’m sure, there are many layers to yours truly so I like to write about them all. 🙂

Today I came across this verse out of Ephesians and knew I had to share it. We have an Enemy that loves to make us think we are unworthy, unloved, and unimportant. He goes to great lengths in which to do this using all means necessary to impose these feelings into our lives. The thing is that he couldn’t be further from the Truth. The One that created us loves us more than you can ever imagine! The problem is that we have pushed Him out of our lives and out of our hearts and when the Enemy sees an opening in our hearts he takes it.  He takes that opening we have given him and makes us feel unimportant, unloved, and alone and after a certain amount of time we start to believe that lie. Remember, our Enemy is THE deceiver folks and he very much exists….

So what can we do? Simple! Don’t let him in! Fill your heart every day with the Truth that our Creator loves you and loves you in ways we can’t even imagine. We must know that even when everyone in our lives lets us down, God never will. He will always be there with you; always has been there with you; and never will foresake you. He loves you so much that He made the ultimate sacrifice so YOU and I wouldn’t have to; He paid for our sins and allowed us to make the choice to follow Him and live with Him in Paradise forever. It does come down to choice though; as a pastor of mine used to say, God is a gentleman, He wont force His way into our hearts. We must ask Him and keep that space open for Him at all times….

Friends, I know there are those that are out there that can relate to this verse; do yourself a favor and mediate upon it. Memorize it and place in firmly in your heart where the Enemy can’t steal it. You can feel this love right NOW, its up to you whether or not to accept it. Will you?

Love and Peace,

David

I Wonder..

Good Thursday morning friends. I write this to you feeling pretty lousy. I get a lot of ribbing because its just a head cold, but I guess if that was the only thing I was dealing with it would be understandable. I deal with a lot of pain everyday, (yes, I know much of it is because of my weight), some days just getting up from my bed or my chair takes everything I have. My knees feel like they are rubbing against bone, my hip has started this new thing that makes me cringe and now I am sick on top of it…

I used to be able to mask my symptoms but as I have gotten older it becomes increasingly more difficult. I titled this I wonder because I wonder what it feels like to feel good. I wonder what it feels like to just wake up and not be in discomfort or sick. I wonder if there is ever going to be a path that gets me there. I know everyone has pain and deals with things that make my issues look pale in comparison, but it still doesn’t take away what I feel. I wish people could sympathize, I guess when you are going through your own pain it makes it difficult to see the forest through the trees so to speak…..

I ask for your prayers everyone. I am off to work in what I am sure is going to be a long day ahead. Thank you for reading my blog and have a peaceful day my friends.

With the love of Jesus,

David

Back At It

Good morning peeps and welcome to Wednesday. Still not feeling that great but got to just suck it up and head in to work. Took a sick day yesterday to try and help; literally almost all I did was rest which I guess at my ripe old age of 46 is just what I need when I’m not feeling up to snuff. So here I go again, lol (Did you catch the Whitesnake reference? Good luck getting the song out of your head, haha)

So I had a talk with someone recently that just bolstered my point about the Church today. No this will not be a long post bashing the Church. In fact, for the record, I am very aware that there are SOME local churches out there actually abiding by the principles and teachings of the Messiah. So when I say the Church, I mean as a unified body as it was intended. What my point wil be this morning is that WE as the church are doing a horrible job of equipping our members with the ability to carry out Jesus’ greatest commandments. Love others more than we love ourselves, preach the Gospel to all that will hear it, that like Jesus we are here for the “sick” not just for the “well”.  I used to be one of these; where the minute someone started launching profanity or was engaged in a lifestyle that didn’t match up with mine, I was outta there. I ask you this morning, is this what Jesus did? When Jesus went to preach His teachings, did He say, “all may listen except for those of you that cuss?” Quite the opposite actually! So much so that the Pharasiees would even question why He associated Himself with such sinners? Has anyone ever asked that of you? Is your love of Jesus so great and your desire to spread the Gospel so deep that there is no person you wouldn’t associate with to tell it to? Guess what? Most don’t and there in lies the problem. It’s not something that you are usually just gifted with, it has to be taught and if the Church isn’t teaching this then what will?

I will put this out there by saying I do not go to a local church right now. Not because of any other reason than I have not found one that puts the teachings of Jesus at the top of their priority list. There is no perfect place but quite honestly the only desire I have seen is to build up the numbers and stay within their four walls. I can do that from home…..Friends, if this is to change, we need to help do it. We need to get away from these mega-church entertainment industries and back to the root of what Jesus wanted for the Church; to be the place where the brethren can lean on and learn from and be equipped to carry out the mission that God has laid out on their hearts. Amen?

Friends, have a good hump day and please follow me along on this crazy journey I am on. Let’s get this ship going in the right direction shall we?
Peace and Love,

David

It’s Monday!


Good Monday morning folks! I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for another fun filled week….Yeah I am trying to convince myself of that too. I feel like dog poop but I am hoping that some coffee and ignoring my symptoms will do the trick. I usually get sick twice a year and this would be the second and lesser in intensity. You know your getting old when you can pretty much plan your illnesses; but I digress. 

Nothing real deep this morning, I just saw this verse and thought they maybe some folks out there would need it. See you may be thinking this morning just how “crooked” the path you are on right now is. You may even feel totally overwhelmed with the circumstances around you, however, God’s Word assures us that not only is He there along side us in this path but He has already fixed the “crooked road” and made it straight again. How much better would you feel if you truly believed that no matter what circumstance you have stumbled upon (or in some cases created by your actions) that He has already provided a straight path to get you out? Problem is many of us just get stubborn, don’t trust Him, and stay on the crooked path. My message this morning is that you don’t have to; there is always another path. A path the the Creator Himself has fixed for you so that you would have an abundant life (yes one right here on earth). 

Sound good? Pray to Father today and let Him show you the way. Have a blessed day everyone!

Peace and Love,

David

Not Feeling Well

Good afternoon friends. Not feeling real well and wants to reach out for prayers. I hate feeling sick especially when its like this halfway point of half sick half not. So thank you for your prayers and I hope my blog posts are making an impact slowly but surely. Heck, might even be another one coming tonight.