personal growth

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.

A Straight Path - 11/5/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Are you having issues with crooked paths?  I have had plenty of "crooked path" issues throughout my life.

Looking back over my life with 20/20 hindsight, it seems to turn out that my crooked path times were always when I thought I knew something that I did not and upon closer inspection, I found that I was only following...me.  That has never proved to be a great combo...EVER!!!  Without God to lead and guide me...I am surely lost.

THE LAND OF THE LIVING - 10/30/2015

SHORT THOUGHTS:  Here are some great focus verses for today and every day.  As I recalled these verses in my head this morning, I was reminded of a quote I heard a while ago that at the time, stuck in me like an arrow as simply...truth.  But it is life giving truth that we sometimes forget and need to remind ourselves of again and re-remember from time to time because this life here on earth can get pretty dog gone rough.

The quote goes something like, "We are not in the land of the living and moving towards the land of the dying...it is the other way around."

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