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    Familiar Unfamiliar

    Today I find myself in a familiar place, for a strange reason, ever been there? I’m at the hospital for a routine test, but it’s one I’ve been at many times with my wife. I’m used to being the one in the waiting room until they are finished with her. Today I’m the one that will go back with the doctor. It’s not my favorite spot, but the God I’ve trusted to bring Ashley back to me, I trust today. The place is familiar, the situation isn’t. When you find yourself in a familiar bit strange place, what do you do? For me, first and foremost I trust God. He…

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    Sketch Rabbits Foot

    The thing that I always think about, concerning a rabbit’s foot is something an old comedian said. It wasn’t lucky for the rabbit. What fascinates me about rabbit’s feet are the ones that don’t become key chains, the ones who got away. God put agility and speed in these small, cute creatures. They may look timid, and be the pattern for chocolate bunnies, but watch them run. It reminds me that God places gifts in all of us that can swiftly help us to overcome, or outrun what we’re facing. Outpacing your challenges is not luck, but a gift from God. The Psalmist said by my God have I ran…

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    Don’t Nod Off

    Genesis 4:16 (ESV) 16 Then Cain went away from the presence of the LORD and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Cain’s situation was so sad. While we know the mistakes were his own, we can certainly identify with making mistakes. We have all, in some way, messed up at one time. How many times has failure tempted us, towards the land of Nod? I remember Bishop Livingston preaching about this years ago. Nod means wandering, and that’s where Cain chose to settle. It says it’s easy of Eden, which means pleasure. When you wander from God’s presence, it places us outside of the things that cause…

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    The Face Of The Bear

    Among animals, the face of a bear is unique. It doesn’t look like a lion, a lamb, a cat, or a dog. It’s different from any animal you can name, and even in the family of bears, there are different bear faces. Isn’t. it amazing, that God would so uniquely create things from a the small snowflake to the large bear, and beyond. Without even discussing the whales and creatures of the sea, there is uniqueness in every corner of creation. While it’s amazing, it should not be surprising. The same God made you and I, billions of people over the course of history, and He didn’t use a cookie…

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    Disguised Blessings

    The Blessings of yesterday, came disguised as trials. God said to Israel, more than once, you will eat for years from what was planted in one season. I did not understand this when I read it. I understood it logically, but not emotionally. I had experienced it as both a child and a young man, though I didn’t realize it. I was feasting on what others had planted years ago. Today, I look back at my life, and I see. I remember a situation in our lives, when we were first married. A need arose, and though a struggle, we planted a seed in a family member’s life. I was…

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    Poem – Purposely Bored

    Bored, it’s something that I dread, To feel this way hurts my heart and head, For God has been too good There’s no reason that it should Rob my joy or bother me I’m happy and content you see Still it tries and I’m always puzzled At how best to cause it to be muzzled Then I thought of the spelling of this pest That took care of the rest B or ed like a boy with oars Anxious to cross distant shores Let’s call him simply Ed Eager to charge ahead He’s got the paddles but no boat An idea to keep afloat Then from Heaven a gentle whisper…

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    iPainting Retrospective

    The older we get, we become more retrospective. The importance of this, is not to drive us inward. Instead it should drive us to share the lessons we have learned with those in our sphere of influence. This shouldn’t be in the form of a lecture, but through friendships, conversations, and opportunities. Good advice delivered incorrectly is ineffective. Good advice correctly presented, can be a lifesaver to the receiver and the giver.

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    iPainting Jeff Bridges

    Some families continue in the same craft for generations, this is true of Jeff Bridges. I remember watching his Father Lloyd and brother Beau growing up. It reminds me that some passions are so strong, they carry over from generation to generation. I’m no actor, and though I have hobbies, that’s not the passion that I want to pass on to my son. The passion that I pray he inherits is that he loves God, loves his family, and loves serving others. To me, Nicholas following in those footsteps is greater than well, an academy award.

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    Faith Bought The House

    John 20:27 (KJV)27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. I am living in a house that I could not afford to buy. It’s a four bedroom, two bathroom house with a garage. It’s on basically a flat lot. That in and of itself is a list of miracles, because the first house I had had only a small segment of flat land. Let me tell you how Faith Bought The House. We lived in a two bedroom, one bathroom duplex. My wife Ashley felt we needed…

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    Unseen Blessings – The Carrot On The Road

    The rabbit crawled from his burrow, saw the carrot, grabbed it, and went back inside. That’s what the rabbit saw. The carrots journey was somewhat longer. The carrot was planted, grew, was picked, washed, and packed on a truck, until the bump happened. That’s what the carrot saw, the bumps story was longer. The bump happened one day when the rock was jarred, and rolled down a hill onto the road. It was quietly covered with dirt as the months past, until the farmers truck hit it, and disturbed it. That’s what the bump saw, but his story, and the farmers were longer. The farmer woke up early during the…