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Gates and Doors - 5/10/2016

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Straight from my prayer closet, consider the words of Psalm 24:7-10.

What gates have we refused to open in our lives to God so He can come in and reign? What ancient doors are still locked, bolted and barricaded to keep The King of Glory out and our way in?

Something to consider as we move forward this morning.

Not Enough Faith – 5/3/2016

SHORT THOUGHTS:  I read these words this morning in my prayer time and they were just so true that I had to share them with you all.

To me, if we just open our eyes and our ears, the evidence of God's existence is literally...everywhere.  He is in the things that "just happen" like clockwork every single day...the seasons coming and going...the beauty in all creation all around us.  He is calling out to us everywhere if we will just open our eyes and our ears and see Him and hear Him.

If I Can – 4/12/2016

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Who couldn't use a straight path?  So much of life does not make sense to me.  But that is not so with God.  He sees everything from the beginning to the end.  He sees what will be where we see what is now.  He see us for who we will become where we see us for who we are now.  He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west while we remember all of our shortcomings.

A God that Hears – 3/9/2016

JOURNAL:  In the last few months, two things that I have been praying for, for a long, long time have made sudden progress.  When I was praying and thanking God for these things, God had a moment with me where He suddenly reminded me of a great truth.

Choosing Thankfulness – 3/4/2016

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Today, I am thankful for all the little things I see all around me that make me smile and sometimes outright laugh.  I am thankful for the sunrises and sunsets, the awesome beauty God finger paints in the skies on a daily basis and for all the wonderful things in creation that He has made for me to live in.

A Manual Labor of Love – 2/25/2016

JOURNAL:  Now I love manuals.  Whenever I get a new product, I almost always save the manual, even if I know that I may never, ever look at it again.  When I was younger, I use to put them all in a big file in a filing cabinet and every now and then throughout the years, I have actually had to go find one to get some useful information out of it.  But most of the time that does not happen.  Most of the time they just sit in the filing cabinet year after year, some way past the time I even have the pr

A Shield Around Me – 2/16/2016

JOURNAL:  I work for a large company in Boise.  It takes at least 10 minutes to walk from one side of the company to the other.  And that is if you walk pretty fast.  They have many parking lots to accommodate all the people and depending on when you come in, you can have a bit of a hike walking in to your building.

GETTING A NEW HEART – 2/8/2016

JOURNAL THOUGHTS:  These verses (Ezekiel 36:26-27) at the end of this story are part of my memory verses.  This morning when I was going through my verses and recited these two, I stopped and thought more about them.

This Old Guitar 1/27/2016

This Old GuitarJOURNAL:  Last Sunday afternoon, I watched football to see who would make it into the super-bowl while I worked on an old friend.  I set up a table in the middle of my living room, laid out a towel, took my old friend off the wall and laid him gently down on his back for the procedure.

HIDING AND SEEKING - 11/12/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Some practical advice from the Psalms today

When I read through these verses, I especially like the visual I see in my mind of hiding God's word in my heart and again, like in Jeremiah 29:13, seeking God with all your heart.  They are acts of our will...something WE can choose to do.

We or...I, at least, have hidden and hide way too many things in my heart that do not belong there and have sought and seek ways and things that lead me into trouble or just as bad...just lead to no where.

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