Archive for January, 2014

Photo By: Luigi Crespo (Creative Commons)How many times do we take on a challenge and see it through?

I mean really? For me, not often. Not often enough.

Today I reached the end of a 31 day writing challenge and honestly, thinking back to the first of January, I didn’t think I’d complete this one.

The challenge was to write at least 500 words a day for the month. Those were the rules. I didn’t have to write a book, blog post, poem, letter or anything that even made sense – I had several of those nights – the idea was just to get into the habit of writing.

I did it.

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Photo by: pol sifter

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14 KJV).

I am working through a month long challenge wherein nearly 1700 people have committed to writing at least 500 words a day. Every day we’re given a writing prompt; some use it some do not – it is not part of the challenge to write what we’re told to write just that we write.

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Photo By: ndboy (Creative Commons)

Colossians 3:23-24

“23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving (NIV).”

How many times have you read that verse and applied it to your J-O-B?

1? 10? 50? 100?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably done more times than you care to remember and the truth is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that application.

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After last night’s NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers– a really good game I thought – an outburst by a member of the Seattle squad, Richard Sherman, really ruined the moment for the Seahawks and started – at least one  – Face Book debate about Sherman’s behavior and it was made to be about race almost immediately.

For the record – and I said this on FB last night – I don’t care that he exclaimed that he was the best corner back in the league. I think you MUST think that about yourself to make it – in the NFL and life. If you question your skills, ability or value than others will too and that could easily come back to haunt you.

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Photo by: kosheahan (Creative Commons)

I have written a lot about the issues I have had at my J-O-Bs.

The image of myself I developed as a result of the positions I have held over the years. Thinking less of myself because I don’t carry a brief case or use a stethoscope and I don’t own my own business.  From an early age our society indoctrinates us to think that kids either grow to be doctors or lawyers or, really any job that requires the wearing of a tie, or you’re a loser.

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Photo By: leo.craig (Creative Commons)

I read a discussion on a site I frequent about how telling people they are going to hell in not the way to get them to love and accept God’s love.

I don’t disagree.

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cover picI often talk, here at PADAG, about finding God’s will for your life – as I have come to believe that’s part of what I can do to help people – find their way closer to God.

Something that I have struggled with for years is my own direction and the thing is the answer has always been right in from of me.

Pick a Direction and Go!

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You’re NOT God’s Masterpiece

Posted: January 10, 2014 in God's Will
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Photo By: Colin_K (Creative Commons)

I go through periods of doubt and fear – who doesn’t right?  Some times are more sever than others.

I question every decision I make often changing my mind multiple times, second guessing one moment what I would have sworn was the truth just five minutes earlier and you know what…I think God is behind it all.

Really, you’re gonna blame God? No, not blame give credit.

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Photo by: Duane Bryce Wildlife Photography (Creative Commons)

I love Sunday mornings – always have, always will.

I like the early morning hours every day but there is something about Sunday that – to me – is special, and it is not attending a church service.

At least not always.

I believe that it was my spending time alone on Sunday mornings as a child that opened my eyes to the reality of a creator and God used that time to reveal himself to me even before I ever read a single word in the bible. (more…)

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Photo By: Lady Dragonfly CC – Creative Commons

Everyone knows that the start of a new year brings joy, hope, Ryan Seacrest doing his  best Dick Clark impersonation and of course resolutions.

I think it is safe to say there are two solid camps when it comes to how people feel about them. Some love ’em some hate ’em. (more…)