I Bet He Would Say, “Well Done.”

Day 329

December 31 Bible Reading


Malachi 3:1-4:6
Revelation 22:1-21
Psalms 150:1-6
Proverbs 31:25-31

Well. Here we are. The end of our journey through the Bible in a Year. And as it is very tempting for me to say, “Well Done.” it is also not my place. You know in your heart whether you have come to know God better by being immersed in His Word daily or not. You and He are the only two that know if “well done” will fall on your hearts and ears.

If you read through the scriptures that accompany my silly scribbles on a daily basis (it’s actually the other way around, I’m sure) then you no doubt have changed. The Bible will change you if you desire the knowledge of it. To have The Bible speak to you, through you, and become a part of you is an amazing experience.

My year has definitely been one of “Shift” and I am now looking forward to 2013 as year of “Rhythm”. I am excited to see what Jesus has in store for me and my family in the coming year. Last year He set us on an adventure that is reshaping our family unit, developing a sense of core, and cultivating a new life for us.

My hope is that those of you that have finished the journey of 2012 will come along with us for the journey of 2013. We read the same scripture, but the journey is always different. Having the Word of God to rely on as a constant in your life is an amazing friend to have with you. I look forward to a fantastic journey with you next year!

NOW GO READ!

God Bless…

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2013

Last one…… ‘Til 2013

(I’m writing this a few days in advance and writing from one of my favorite places to people watch)

As the days on the calendar get closer and closer to 2013 I’m reminded of all the things that have impacted my life this year. There have been changes, successes, losses, promises, etc. The one thing that has had the most impact for me is my relationship with God and the journey that I’ve been on for most of this year. It all started with a friend’s faith in God and his “hunch” to check up on a friend. It’s hard not to give the guy all the credit, but once I realized that God was still present in my life and that He had not abandoned me like I had thought, I realized that it was me that was responsible for my faith restoration. To paint the picture, I was the old beat up car in the junk yard and now I’m the shinny car in the show room….. A Hybrid perhaps!

A few years ago, I adopted New Years Eve and New Years Day as my favorite holiday. It’s that feeling of putting a cap on the current year and literally turning the page to a new one, all in one motion. I’ve never been a resolution maker, but I certainly jot down goals and expectations with hopeful penmanship. I’m so far ahead of where I thought I’d be as the end of this year approaches, I’ve accomplished a life long goal of reading the bible in it’s entirety, and my relationship with God is in outstanding condition. I encourage you to build your relationship with God, if you already have I encourage you to share that with others. There is nothing that cannot be accomplished through Him. Truth is that we are all sinners and when we walk through our life with God present He does things in us and through us that we other wise could not accomplish. Do the possible and let God do the impossible!

I want to say a special thank you to Ryan McKinney…… Your friendship and your faith in God has inspired me and you’ve been a great mentor for me. Thank you brother!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I LOVE YOU!

Happy New Year Friends!

December 30, 2012 Bible Reading

Malachi 1:1-2:17
Revelation 21:1-27
Psalms 149:1-9
Proverbs 31:10-24

 

 

 

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Before and After

"Praise is like Sunlight. . ."  (Explored)

December 29 Bible Reading


Zechariah 14:1-21
Revelation 20:1-15
Psalms 148:1-14
Proverbs 31:8-9

Our reading today gives a wonderful comparison of before and after. From Zechariah to Revelation the message is the same… The Lord Reigns. I think it’s amazing how The Lord speaks to me in our readings. Just after He gives me the insight in Zechariah of how The Lord will reign, He shows me how Jesus will reign in Revelation and all in the same reading. Love it!

He does a good follow up too…

Praise the Lord .
Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies.

Let them praise the name of the Lord , for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever— he issued a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord , for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
And he has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his faithful servants, of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord . (Psalm 148:1-14 NIV)

God Bless…

Grateful

grateful harvest grasses

December 28 Bible Reading


Zechariah 12:1-13:9
Revelation 19:1-21
Psalms 147:1-20
Proverbs 31:1-7

Today was one of those days that I struggle with what to write. A.K.A. a reminder to always ask Jesus what I should write about. I kept gravitating to the word “grateful”. I found it in our reading in the Psalm:

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp. (Psalm 147:7 NIV)

Grateful it is…

It got me thinking about this past year. There are so many things I am grateful for. I got to experience a loss in our family that in a way brought our family closer together. I am not happy about the loss, but grateful for the redeeming power that is still coming from The Lord in regards to it. I was able to experience the best Father’s Day I’ve ever had. I traveled to Colorado for Wild At Heart and had an encounter with my Maker for the most amazing experience of my life. I was blessed with a new career and new friends while reconnecting with old friends. My family has been with me through it all and they have experienced much in this past year too. We are struggling through having no place to call our own for now, but it is bringing us closer as a family too. I’m grateful for all that God has done and is doing and I suppose that’s what The Holy Spirit means when He keeps writing the word “Grateful” on my heart today. And so I am… Grateful.

Thank you, Oh God, for loving me, being there for me when I can’t even be there for myself let alone those that depend on me, and for being my God. It is with GRATEFUL PRAISE that my heart sings of You.

God Bless…

Bloody Noses In The Proverbs

December 27 Bible Reading


Zechariah 10:1-11:17
Revelation 18:1-24
Psalms 146:1-10
Proverbs 30:33

Truth is hard to discount. Even when someone tries to tear it apart it seems to get stronger during the test. The more it is pushed to the bottom, truth finds its way to the surface like a blister that won’t be denied oxygen. That is why I love the Proverbs. Because when I read them they are filled with the wisdom and truth of God. Some of the Proverbs are so simple and profound a the same time. Take a look at this one:

For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” (Proverbs 30:33 NIV)

Remember… no matter how drawn you are to say that _____ popping up in your mind when you see or speak with ______, unless it furthers the Kingdom it probably isn’t worth it. If it stirs up anger to further your own selfish purposes then it will cause strife. Sometimes when it is for God’s purpose it will stir up anger, but unless you have God’s purposes in mind you will not have his backing. In the face of strife you are gonna NEED God’s love, courage, strength, and care.

Where are you stirring up anger in your life right now? Where is someone else stirring up anger in your life right now? This isn’t a blogpost about rainbows and butterflies, but you cannot discount the truth. If you look for trouble… you will find it. Unfortunately, most of us (especially me) weren’t taught that getting someone angry can be the source of our problems with them.

Instead we are taught… “get it off your chest!” Not that “getting something off your chest” is a bad thing. Sometimes you NEED to get things off your chest, but you probably don’t have to be so ANGRY about everything. Learn to use the emotions that God gives you to further His Kingdom (then you can teach me!). Anger is a God-given emotion but allow it to fester where it isn’t necessary and you will get the strife you were looking for (whether you knew you were looking for strife not!!!).

Ok. Ok. I’m gonna get some folks emailing me about this whole “anger is a God-given emotion” thing. I’m ok with that, because it is true. What did Jesus do when He found merchants overtaking the Temple? He got PISSED! He ran them out of there with a bundle of cord turned into a whip. He ran darkness out of the Temple. He didn’t do it because they were selling stuff. There isn’t anything wrong with selling stuff. Jesus got angry because they were using Religion to further their own purposes and pockets. That got Jesus angry.

So when you see that good is being perverted stand up and “squeeze the nose” with that anger you have, but be sure to do it for God’s purposes. To know God’s purposes trust your heart, read His Word, and Pray. The Holy Spirit will guide you. But that “toilet seat needs to be down” thing… I don’t think Jesus really cares…

God Bless…

Get Wisdom

Wisdom (62/365)

December 26 Bible Reading


Zechariah 9:1-17
Revelation 17:1-18
Psalms 145:1-21
Proverbs 30:32

There is no doubt that unless you have read Revelation before you are probably scratching your head and saying, “What does this stuff mean?” I get where you are coming from. I’ve been through the scriptures a time or two myself, and have spent even more time in Revelation and I still scratch my head sometimes. That’s when I point you to this:

“This calls for a mind with wisdom. (Revelation 17:9 NIV)

Because it takes the wisdom of God to understand and because the Revelation is probably not meant for us to understand fully we struggle. However, if you ask God… sincerely ask God for wisdom, God will provide it to you. Check this out:


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7, 8 NIV)

He may not reveal to you the secrets of the end times, but He will begin to bless you with the wisdom to carry out His will. With that being said, I tell you this:

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7 NIV)

So what does that mean it will cost you all you have? Certainly not your money. It will cost you your ways… your false self… it will cost you the World, The Flesh, and (wait for it… wait for it…) the Devil. You will have to give up these three things and all of their desires planted in your hearts to find the truth of God… Wisdom.

And he said to the human race, “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28 NIV)

Did you see that last part? The “Fear” of The Lord? What does that mean? It means RESPECT. The same type of fear you have of disobeying a good dad. You know a good father will be just. He will do his best to point you in the right direction and keep you heading there. In short, it will cost you your childish ways. That type of fear.

Then there is that last thing… Shun Evil. Yes, when you begin to shun evil you will gain understanding. You cannot have one foot in the river and one on the sand and be both wet and dry. You may tell yourself you are both, but you are really not completely either. You must shun evil to gain understand and wisdom.

Morgan from Wild At Heart Ministries said it this way… “starve the poser”. To shun evil simply do NOT do what the wrong thing is. Sounds so easy, but if it were we would all be doing it, right?

Start today. Start starving the poser with in you today. Starve the part of you that still wants to do _____ and don’t let it happen. Do it out of love for The Lord and you will gain the wisdom you seek. Pray for guidance in this and strength from God to help you on your journey.

God Bless…

Merry Christmas

Light after Darkness

December 25 Bible Reading


Zechariah 8:1-23
Revelation 16:1-21
Psalms 144:1-15
Proverbs 30:29-31

Today we celebrate the arrival of our King. May God bless us all today as we honor our King.

Lord Jesus, we love you, honor you, and adore you. You who came to save us. You who came to bind up our broken hearts and set us free. You who defeated hell, death, and the grave. You who are MIGHTY. You who are full of peace for those of us who believe in you and call on Your Name. You who judge the people and cast the wicked down and lift up the righteous. You oh Lord are our King. Today we honor you for your Majesty. For your compassion and never-ending love for us. For your wisdom and discernment. For your cunning and your skill. We love you, King. We love you.

Merry Christmas!

God Bless…