Hakuna Matata

“...what a wonderful means no worries for the rest of your day....”. You can’t tell me your not singing the song.    We all want to feel this but is it possible? Worry according to Oxford’s is: verb- give way to anxiety or unease; allow one's mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. noun- a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. So as a verb it means you have made a choice, as a noun it is a place you are at.    So can we make a choice to leave a place we are at and go to a different place?    I believe that answer is yes, but I also believe we don’t or can’t do either without help.   The Bible and our Lord cover worry extensively.    I was amazed at the number of places and times that pulled up when I did the word search. Nearly 3500 in the Old Testament and over 400 times in the New Testament, two word that follow close behind and walk hand in hand are fear and pain.    Both fear and pain are real and both are the

The Piggy Bank

I am writing this blog based on a devotional my Mom did for a ladies class.  Thanks Mom this one needs to be shared... So when Mom was a little girl she was given a piggy bank, and all the time she was growing up she would drop her change into that piggy bank until the piggy bank was so full she couldn’t add to it any more, then she put it on a shelf and there it has sat for some 60 plus years.  That piggy bank has gone from West Texas to West Germany to Virginia to Kansas City to Colorado and back to Texas over the span of those years, and Mom has never taken a dime out of it.  Back when she was first married and Kara and I  joined her and Dad and Dad had been deployed to Vietnam, there where some tough financial times. The money in that piggy bank probably could have helped the ends to meet, but she never thought to pull from the reserve she had sitting on the shelf. When we are baptized into Christ we receive the Holy Spirit, our baptism fills our spiritual piggy bank. Luke

Listen for the Wisper...

Isn’t it amazing how God will talk to us? We pray and ask God to do this or do that for us, then sit back and wait for it to happen, and if it doesn’t happen we wonder why God didn’t answer.  I know there is a song by Garth Brooks about this, I think what he was saying is there is no such thing as an unanswered pray, only unheard answers.  We are so busy waiting to see our answer, that we are not listening for God’s answer,  “ The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭19:11-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬ We fail to hear the whisper watching for the wind, earthquake, or fire, yet if you would take a minu

Love is patient.......

“keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” ‭‭‬ Psalms ‭16:8‬ ‭    This verse has been very close to me over the last month. The month started with a mini stroke that has caused me to lose a portion of my peripheral vision in my right eye. Also because of the potential that the stroke could have been caused by the treatment trial I was put on treatment hold. Two weeks later I started having pain in my left hip and was feeling generally not well. Today we know this was because for the first time since we started treatments the cancer fought back in the last month because I wasn’t able to take a treatment. It was a minimal amount of growth but in the right places to cause the pain I was feeling, just another example of the Lord watching out for us.  I wanted to be scared, I wanted to have doubt but He would not let me. I have kept telling myself “ Lord I trust you, I know you have control and that everything will be ok”. This thought has gi

Let go of the wheel, let God lead the way...

Let go of the wheel, let God lead the way... When I started my cancer treatments the Lord set a treatment plan not only for my body, but His plan has been to also heal my spirit.    I now    know this had always been His plan all along.    I don’t think He made me sick, but I do believe he knew how he was going to use my illness to make me well.    I also know that He has a plan laid out for each of us to follow if we will open our hearts and our minds to Him and allow The Spirit to guide us.   God put an army of people in my path to help Him guide this journey for me, he has done the same for each of you.    If you are walking your journey with him you know exactly what I am talking about and you can point directly to those people and moments that he prepared for you. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Rock

God Rocks... Yvette and I made a trip to Colorado to get away.    She, Kara, and I took a drive to look at the Aspens as they were turning.    Unfortunately there had been a hard freeze early so the colors were muted and we were a little disappointed that we were missing out on one of God’s most pretty paintings.   As we were pulling up to the Eisenhower Tunnel Kara said, “let’s go over Loveland Pass, it’s a beautiful drive”    so we got off at Loveland and drove up to the pass.    We pulled over at the top to take a picture at the monument sign.    The message God had for us at that moment will be with me for the rest of my life.  A rock was resting against the leg of the sign.    The message was   “ My love for you can not be measured,  -God” In the sermon on the mount Jesus tells of the importance of the Rock in building our foundation... ““Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his hous

What is Love?

What is Love? Love is the greatest Commandment  ““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”” Matthew 22:36-40 NIV So What is Love, what does it look like? “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not p