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This time of the year comes around so quickly, and the memories of my sister Katie become very active in my mind. I want to encourage all to continue the journey that was given to us. Katie wanted us to be involved and continue to find new experiences. Don’t just keep the status quo, move forward, and allow people into our lives that bring the best out of us. So I ask, what are you waiting for? Do it, make whatever it is a priority and shoot for the stars. I know it’s hard, but the status quo isn’t acceptable. Did you let something pass by or someone slip away that shouldn’t have? Perhaps we didn’t allowing someone in because it hurt or we didn’t want to deal with those feeling? status_quo_688879571

 

 
Please take that moment today, to reflect, and make that needed change within. Be open to let other be involved with you or for you to be involved with them. Life didn’t end for us when Katie passed away. It was the beginning of a new chapter. So many more memories to be had. It starts with us taking that first step towards that new adventure ahead. Just give it a try and be open to the future that lies waiting for you.

Remember there are still so many people that need our prayers. Please keep the prayers coming for Robin, Katie’s friend that is in City of Hope having a Stem Cell Transplant to help with her Leukemia. Also, Prayers for Kylie in Alpine who is this special little girl that is almost 2 years old that is fighting for her life with stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma.
Keep up the fight friends and continue the journey.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2014 in Legacy, Life

 

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Experiencing Darkness

I write this after doing some reading about a friend I have known since high school. She talks about her new life changes and how she is happy about this New Life she is living. Before this she described herself as experiencing darkness. I know we all go through time in our life that we just don’t understand why or how we even got to this place. It saddens me to see friends go through these struggles. I have a good amount of friends but some of these friends I have a deeper connection with. I understand or know more about their pasts. I feel for their hurts even when years have passed and I haven’t been connected with them.

This brings me to what I was thinking about a couple days ago while listening to the JJ Heller again. The actual song is the one I last posted about on this blog. Most artists I listen to usually have a message with their songs. They’re trying to share something with us. This song JJ Heller sang just sinks in my heart. I can listen to it over and over again, because the message is real. You see I truly believe Christ is the reason for every single day. Some may think I am crazy but I have seen so many lost lives. I have witness tragedy for the last 18 years of my career. I have had friends go so many different directions and wrong ways. I have watched a younger brother and sister leave this earth. But you know what Christ doesn’t care about all of the past. He has a home for us and a place that He will love us for who we are. That is the message, that is the reason I feel we all need to live for today. We can try to fix our own problems or hide from our issues. But if we give it all to Him he will truly help us through this day. Another song JJ sings is called “Your Hands” another incredible message for us. My Prayer is that the Darkness is truly moved and that you see the Light that is waiting for you.

 


 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Faith, Legacy, Life

 

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Me for Me

I am so thankful this Christmas Season that my Lord loves me for who I am. I don’t have to pretend to be someone else. He sticks by my side and doesn’t fall away. He sees all of the good and the bad put still chooses to never leave. Music is really something that helps me think. I came across this JJ Heller song and it just really hit it on the head. This is a song about all of us. This is a song if you are believer. This is a song for all non-believers to understand what I and so many other Christians believe. If this Christianity is true or not I can tell you it’s truly a blessing for me to believe that there is something bigger than me. He doesn’t look at my faults. He looks for that relationship. Relationship is all he asks and looks for. Give it a try and be open for change.

As this season comes and go I want to say Timmy and Katie’s I love you and miss you. I look forward to what the New Year brings. I look forward to all of the lives that will be changed. I look forward to more growth. I look forward to seeing your Legacy living on. Lord allow me to be the Hands and Feet if that’s what you desire of me.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Faith, Legacy, Life

 

The Unknowns

I was reading my Daughter Blog and she was writing about all of the unknown things of her future. It really got me thinking. Thinking about how much we don’t know. We don’t know what our future holds for next year, next month or even tomorrow. We can make plans and then tomorrow comes and it’s completely changed. What’s nice about being a Believer is that we know God has our life planned out. He knows our tomorrow and understands our yesterday’s.  My daughter being in college thinking about her future and the unknowns doesn’t through me off. It interreges me with the thought of how many people out there are just walking around with all of these unknowns. These unknowns for Believers can be paralyzing but then I think of the nonbelievers.

Proverbs 16:1-4

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.  All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight; But the LORD weighs the motives. Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established. The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Joshua 22:4

Love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”


These two verses I read and meditate on and then I think about them as if I was a nonbeliever. Wow, that could really seem unfathomable. To be committed to this unknown, so called God. I’m supposed to be obedient to His commandments. The Bible seems so far fetch for the nonbeliever. They look at placing their faith in this God which is talked about in this book they call the Bible.

Yes, we do place our Faith in the Promises that God has laid before us in the guide we call the Bible. The bible is an amazing tool that is loaded with scripture that can help you on your journey through life. But without taking that leap of Faith and asking Him into your Life you will continue to be lost. Don’t be one of the people paralyzed and left without answers. Take the Leap of Faith

I am so proud to have a wife, daughter and 2 sons that have a personal relationship with their Lord. To be able to know that we believe in a God that understands our unknowns. To have Faith that He will guide our path.

To my daughter that is away at college, it’s ok to have fears of the unknowns. What’s exciting is that tomorrow some of those unknowns will be answered. Just like Aunt Katie said in her documentary. She wouldn’t want to know what the future holds because it takes away from the excitement of today and what is to come.

Psalms 119: 105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Faith, Life, parenting

 

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The Present Day

The Future is in place but so is the Present.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.””
Jeremiah 29:11-14

How is your Present looking?

Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22

For so many of us sit thinking about the future and what it hold. We focus more on tomorrow and next week then  Today. Just dealing with today can be extremely difficult and we look forward to what tomorrow brings before today is even over.

Before we look forward to our bright future we need to make sure the Present has the same glow. The Present is what we all live in. Our families are counting on us so continue the good fight of this Present Day.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” –Einstein

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”–Lincoln

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”  –Lincoln


 
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Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Faith, Life, parenting

 

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Strong Men tend to make the same Mistakes

I am reading a book called The Samson Syndrome. This is a great book I would highly recommend.

To give you a look into this book I will name off some of the chapters:

Strong Men tend to Disregard Boundaries, Strong men tend to Struggle with Lust, Strong Men tend to use Anger as a Tool and the one that sticks in my mind is Chapter 7 which is Strong Men tend to make the Same Mistakes.

Wow so Strong Men tend to make the same Mistakes.

Romans 7:16-18

But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful natures I want to do what is right, but I can’t.

Am I one of those Strong Men that will make the same Mistakes?

I can’t afford to make some of my mistakes again.  If I can’t afford to make the same mistakes then I need to make sure I learn from my past and use the help and support that I have been given.

Author Mark Atteberry suggests:

  • Hook Up -with friends that will hold you Accountable
  • Give Up- your Rationalizations “Stop your lame excuses and Change your Way”
  • Line Up- your life with God’s Word
  • Power Up- with the Holy Spirit- read His Word

As I still read through this book I have really found some chapters that have hit home more than other. I have learned is there are so many places that we as Strong Men fail.

We have got to be those Strong Men that are the Pillars in our home, churches and communities. As we become those Strong Men then we need to strengthen up the next generation to follow.  We as men fail all of the time, so let’s hook up with the One that has Never Failed or let us down.

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Faith, Legacy, Life, parenting, Reality

 

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Controlling Weeds

A Weed is “A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted, as in a garden”

While I was reading this last week I came across some information about weeds. How weeds seem to come up in our lives. Some of these weeds we have had for years. Remember to pull the root out when pulling weeds or it will reappear. The same goes for the weeds we have in our lives.

We as people and Christians need to examine our own lives for weeds. Weeds may be hiding then all of a sudden appear and become troublesome. These weeds can be challenging to remove but we must deal with them when they appear or they can spread fast. Weeds come in many different forms. Sometimes we don’t even realize that these weeds exist. These weeds can be challenges, setbacks, negative beliefs, gossip, complaining, addictions, or anything that removes you from a closer relationship with Christ.

Ways to help us control the weeds in your Lives

Study of the Scriptures

2 timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Prayer

Prayer is our time to talk to God and ask him for help with examining our lives for weeds. This is our time to pray about those weeds that seem hard to get rid of. Some of those weeds have deep roots and take time to remove. We can also  use prayer to lift our praises up to him and thank him for our successes.

 

Fellowship

We keep the soil of our life moist by having fellowship with our Lord Jesus and with other fellow Christians. When we have fellowship with other Christians, we encourage each other to do good works and to live our life God’s way. We care for each other and by doing so we are pulling weeds and preparing our lives for a great harvest.

Weeds don’t need planting in well-drained soil; they don’t ask for
fertilizer or bits of rag to scare away the birds. They come without
invitation; and they don’t take the hint when you want them to go.

Weeds are nobody’s guests: More like squatters.
–  Norman Nicholson.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Faith, Life

 

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