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Bad News...Good News – 7/23/2015

JOURNAL:  The Bad News:  On our own, there is nothing that we can do to earn our way to heaven.  (OH NO!!! *high voice heard from the back row*)  On our own, we are all the same in that…we all fall short…we all sin.  So in that way, we all sail in the same boat together.  On our own, no amount of study and education, fasting and praying, seeking and finding or pleading and begging can materialize a way for us to make it to heaven.

Too Many Tracks - 7/11/2015

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  This is how many days go in my life.  You might even classify it as "typical."

Lately, I have been noticing some crabgrass trying to make headway into the edges of my lawn.  Areas of general broad-leaf have also been making their move, quietly popping up here and there while trying to lay low and stay inconspicuous.  So today, I set out to counter all their progress of late.

Bring It - 7/7/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  This world can get kind of tough at times.  But as believers in Jesus, we have somewhere to take our problems.  God's Word actually tells us to cast our cares on HIM...because He cares for us.  The problem is, often we don't do that. 

Instead, we run around and look for answers anywhere and everywhere else except for in the One that knows the beginning from the end...the One that knows our every word before it is even on our tongues...the One who loved us enough to make a way for us to come boldly before His throne.

Man vs. Machine - 7/7/2015

Fence2.jpgRANDOM THOUGHTS:  Oh the irony of life.  Yesterday I shared a story on Facebook where the life example came from a fence that had been busted up where Denice and I use to take our walks when we lived in Boise.  When I got home last night, this is what my fence at my house looked like.

USUZI...MESUZI - 7/1/2015

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  Having to drive in a construction area every day that slows traffic to a crawl, allows me to see things I might miss otherwise.  Today, I saw just such a thing.

I had a little ISUZU truck behind me.  Since the "S" and "Z" are virtually the same style lettering in the name, just reversed, it said something to me when I looked in my mirror.  It said, "USUZI."  I thought, what?  I am Suzi?  Could this be true?  All these years I had never been called Suzi by another vehicle but here while slowing all the traffic life down, it had happened.

Down in My Heart – 6/29/2015

JOURNAL:  The integration of God’s Word into our lives is a tough thing.  But I believe that God calls us to exactly that…His truth changing our very lives.  It is not a natural thing for us but rather a supernatural thing for us…done with God’s help.

The Softball Prayer - 6/15/2015


THE SOFTBALL PRAYER:  Dear Lord, as you know I have a softball game at 7:45 tonight.  Currently the car says that it is 91 degrees outside.  I'm just letting You know in advance that I'm on board if You would like to drop the temperature to the low eighties and/or maybe bring in a nice cloud cover.

Deal with It - 6/11/2015

RANDOM THOUGHTS:  I saw this sign at a restaurant that my wife and I ate dinner at on Tuesday and it made me smile.  I am considering saying this comment to anyone who whines or brings up a problem today.  I just can't decide for sure if I want this to be my last day at my job or not.

Carry on,

Skating Away – 6/9/2015

JOURNAL:  Sometimes, we just don’t realize when something is not a good idea.  At the time, in your head, it seems like a great idea…but then when plugged into real life…not so much.  Such a time was my experience last year when I found my daughter’s skateboard calling out to me in the garage.

Rooting for the Good Guy – 6/9/2015

JOURNAL:  In my front yard, my wife, Denice, and I have a tree with a planter around it.  It has some very pretty lily flowers in it that have come up the past two years.  We did not plant them but rather, they were already planted here when we moved into this house.  We just get to enjoy their beauty.  But along with their beauty, there is also something else that comes up along with them that are not nearly as pretty.  Yes, I am speaking of the ever present, sprouting and tenacious weeds.


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