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This trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy. Here is some perspective for you.


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Finding Perspective While Stuck in the Wilderness

As you rise the next hill your hopes are dashed once again, it’s just more wilderness for miles.  Your trouble seems to go on and on.  You are still waiting and waiting and waiting…and waiting for that relief to come, for that job to be less stressful, for that special someone to come along, for your health to improve,  for things to get better.

This trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy. Here is some perspective for you.

The same old scenery makes you antsy…makes you dissatisfied…makes you discouraged.  Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy…whispering  that God has abandoned you to the scorpions and cactus.  Poor you!

Not so, the Word says.  You can still have a fulfilling, beautiful life while you wander.  The Holy Spirit led me to find these deeply meaningful verses for you, if you read them with the spiritual in mind.

Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands.  Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.  Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NLT 

Here are some noteworthy observations from this passage.

You are being led.

If you remember Israelite history, the people were never alone.  God went before them in a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night.  (fact check: Exodus 13:21-22) This is a profound truth for you to think about…God always kept Himself visible to His people.  All they had to do was look, and there He was.  It may look like you  are going in circles, but the leader is leading…the follower needs to follow.

You are being humbled and tested on purpose.

Somebody much bigger and smarter than you has your best interests at heart.  He promises that things are in the process of working out for your good if you love Him.  (fact check: Romans 8:28)  But now you are hungry…starving, longing for a bite of relief.  Just wait y’all, bread is on the way.

You are being taught how to eat.

There’s purpose to your hunger.  Sometimes you just need to hear that word…purpose.  The gnawing in your spiritual stomach is to teach you  that people do  not live by bread alone….that there is something sweeter for your soul than the physical….that time is not to be wasted with meaningless distractions, where a soul drops exhausted into bed each night, proud to have made it through one more day without dwelling too much on life. Y’all the bread of life is rich and satisfying.  This is how we truly live, by every word that comes from the mouth of God.   So breathe in the aroma of a freshly baked loaf, and cut yourself a slice.

 

This trouble seems to go on and on. You are still waiting and waiting and waiting...and waiting. Wilderness hopelessness is a favorite lie of the enemy. Here is some perspective for you.  
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The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.


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Why I Donate to GOFUNDME

Christianity and Culture:  Online Giving

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.

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This is why I give …

The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. Ephesians 4:28 HCSB

Look y’all, this scripture has a cause and effect conjunction clause right in the middle.

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.

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Work to make money…SO THAT you can give to those in need.

The Internet makes following this verse so easy with GOFUNDME and other organizations who take donations online.  In case you were wondering…I only give to those connected with someone I know.  And I only give to those in a real pinch.  And we always discuss and pray before we give because it needs to be God moving us.  Also we give anonymously to fulfill these words of Jesus…

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.  But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.  Matthew 6:1-4 NLT

To let you in on our family giving strategy… we do not give our entire tithe to the local church, a portion goes into a special account at our bank,  set aside especially to fulfill this verse.    Maintaining a special account for this purpose leaves us ready to give at a moment’s notice.  Of course we don’t just give to one organization, but GOFUNDME came through for us several years ago when we were in Cambodia, desperate for funds after my son’s motorcycle accident.

One last thing for you millennials who don’t go to church anymore, but still have strong faith.  Just because you don’t drop your tithe in a collection plate, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be generous with your money.  In fact, I am praying that you find your own personal way to show your love for Jesus with your salary.   Use your imagination, and go forth…

The Internet makes it so easy to give to those in need and so fulfill scripture. Read more about why I donate to GOFUNDME, and my outside of the box giving strategy. Millennials who do not go to church, but follow Jesus, should consider these ideas.i love 2

Pictures:  +Ready to transport our son after his motorcycle accident in Cambodia. (scary times), ++A closeup of a hay bale.  Dale spend one summer stacking hay bales at my uncle’s ranch in Montana.  +++Houston skyline through the windshield of the car.  Perfect for representing wealth.

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Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.


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Disappointed? Be Careful What You Do Next

Watch my video about the time we were disappointed with the loss of a job.

Many  people I love have suffered recent disappointments.  Some by humiliation and some by grief.

Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.

 

This is my observation.

Disappointment slams us to the ground like road kill.  It leaves a scent that calls to the vultures of the spiritual world.   They nip at faith.  They feast on doubts.  They rip.  They lie.  But these spiritual vultures will quickly take flight when the disappointed sit up and show life.  All it takes is a shooing, for them to leave.

Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.Heed this warning y’all.  Don’t linger in despair.  Don’t find comfort in misery.  Yes…life takes its turns.  It  surprises.  It horrifies.  And it doesn’t quite turn out the way you envision.  But God promises that that the life He gives you will be full.  He promises peace.  How?  Through prayers.  Through THANKSGIVING.   When we are fighting off those vultures, it’s hard to focus on anything but self preservation.  Thanksgiving helps you to see God.  You have to purposely thank Him for your blessings in order to receive peace.  Scripture says so.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

And that’s what we need… a guarded heart while we live.  And let’s LIVE y’all!

Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.

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Pictures:  +  My next door neighbor was outside all day celebrating his third birthday and playing with his new airplane.  This is what I found later that evening.  😦  ++Turkey buzzard flying around the parking lot at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.  He finally landed and people were tossing scraps to him.    +++ Taken from the car window in New Mexico. (I think)  I loved the way the ground was blurry while the landscape in the distance is clear.

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Sometimes all someone needs is an uncomplicated way of looking at the entire story of man and God. Read my version written like a parable. I also posted my latest video where I discuss what scripture has to say about what will happen to the body when Christ comes back. Please share with someone who is struggling with the death of someone they love, or their own mortality.


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Tripping Over Gravestones. A Happily Ever After Story.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes all someone needs is an uncomplicated way of looking at the entire story of man and God. Read my version written like a parable. I also posted my latest video where I discuss what scripture has to say about what will happen to the body when Christ comes back. Please share with someone who is struggling with the death of someone they love, or their own mortality.

This is a true story.

In the beginning there were beloved children, adored by their Father.  They were given the freedom to frolic and play, as long as they didn’t wander out of the light.  One day they noticed an expansive shadow that seemed cool and alluring.  It invited them into its satisfying darkness.   The deeper they wandered, the more lost they became.  Thorns ripped their feet and choked the soil.   They tripped over gravestones.  The lost children called out for their Father, but He was far away.   He was Light, and Light could not step into darkness.  But the Father did not abandon His children.  He called out instructions to them on how to live in the darkness.   Blood sacrifices were required, but  were never enough to cleanse.  Never enough to bring the lost back into the light.  The Father longed for his missing sons and daughters.  He would do ANYTHING to live with them again. ANYTHING.

And then the purist of Lambs stepped forward, His name was LOVE.  He walked resolutely into the darkness, lighting the way with His words from the Father, words of hope.  But not all the wanderers followed the Lamb.  Most were accustomed to the gloom, and had forgotten what the Father’s voice sounded like.  Many tried to silence LOVE,  and so spilled the blood of the perfect Lamb.

Finally a sacrifice that was enough.

It was finished.

But, LOVE could not stay dead.  Those who believed LOVE was the perfect Lamb were given the Father’s light to speak. A lure to the lost.  Words of a future…where darkness is banished…graves gone…thorns burned up.  And in that future, the Father walks with His children once again in glorious light. 

But for now we wait.

Let me speak of LOVE to you.  His name is Jesus.

Dear Friends, I have written this version of God’s LOVE story for you to share with others. Here is a PDF for you to print out. This is a true story PDF Sometimes all someone needs is just another way of looking at this love story.  I intend this story to be a seed.  Certainly there are missing pieces…scriptures that the next gardener will  use when they water the seed.  As I travel this summer, I plan to tape copies of this story on the inside of bathroom stall doors, hotels, my cruise, rest areas, and other stops all over America.

I would love for you to watch my latest video when I take a walk in a Neches River graveyard.  Have you been wondering what will happen to your body when Jesus comes?  You won’t stay dead that’s for sure.

Picture:  The title picture is of the Neches River  taken while walking in the graveyard featured in this video.

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Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.


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The White Cross. What a Peaceful Community Protest Means to Me.

I would love for you to watch my video before you read my post.  Go walking with me beside the Sabine Lake on the Texas coast.  Find out what my story about weed-whacking has to do with the white cross and what it means to me.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are  taking their faith very seriously?  And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage…to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth.  Their goal…to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity.  In their minds, Jesus followers are not only gullible, and stupid, but are  dangerous to the future of society.  Therefore, there are active campaigns all over the Internet with very logical, intelligent sounding discussions, refuting that beautiful name of Jesus.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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There is an organized society called Freedom From Religion,  that has taken it upon themselves to make sure all religious icons are removed from public property.  In one of our local parks, a white cross has stood for 45 years.  This atheist organization is pressuring the city to remove it.  Our community has responded by posting white crosses in our front yards as a peaceful protest to this request, thanks to an area business that gives these crosses out free.  I took a walk on my street and took a picture of all the crosses just on my one street.  This silent protest is happening throughout my community.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

Let me tell you what the white cross in my yard means to me.

I believe that more than just torture and death happened on that cross.   Yes, it hurt physically.  Yes.  But there was something else at work there.  A burden was borne.  A great weight.  As if every man, woman, and child climbed on His bleeding back.  And once He steadied Himself with the heaviness of the world, He noticed He was alone.

Alone.

Hell.

For isn’t hell the absence of God?

This is what I believe was happening in the garden.  Not just distress over the coming pain, but absolute anguish of even one moment without His Father.  Crushed with grief over this death for billions.  Grief experienced without the tiniest fragment of sin.  Pure, beautiful, agonizing submission to His Father’s will.

The scriptures say that His Father heard His prayer in the garden, and an angel was dispatched to strengthen His son.  Have you ever wondered how the Savior of the world gets strengthened?  This is my imagination at work y’all, but I think the angels showed Jesus family pictures.

Of you.

Because after all, this cross was all about love.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.  God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. Hebrews 2:9-10 NLT

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT

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Pictures:  + the controversial white cross found in one of our local parks, ++my bridal veil bush that is in full bloom.  This bush only blooms for a couple of weeks and then it is gone until next year.

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